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Nature taking its wonderful course

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 18:37

I thought they could well have been Liatris.  I have two but they are always late if at all.  I don't think it's wet enough for them on our soil.

organic raised bed preparation advice sought

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 17:31

@endpaper, where would I get peat moss?

Unrelated, but what's the deal with mushroom compost - good or bad, cheap or expensive?  As I have chalky soil, should I avoid?

Last edited: 17 June 2016 17:33:47

organic raised bed preparation advice sought

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 17:28

The links I posted referencing Charles Dowding, state that he avoids green manures because they attract slugs.  And no dig means no dig. He dumps compost/manure on top and lets the soil organisms do the hard work.

I had the book Humanure, and in that it suggests that you place your rotted human waste in a bed, and grow a green manure that you then further compost.  To avoid any nasties.  Perhaps that would be better at keeping the slugs in check.

Rounding up the slugs

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 15:32


I had a quick look online for secondary poisoning with slug pellets but couldn't find anything.

I only found this about gsyphophate:


Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 00:29

Papers all desperate to get ahead of each other over this senseless killing.  Conclusions and inference before facts.  The CIA have reported the Orlando shooter has no connection with ISIS.  Which is a good reminder of how much the media love to spin a story.

Last edited: 17 June 2016 00:30:56

organic raised bed preparation advice sought

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 18:34

And: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/fruitandvegetables/10568420/No-dig-gardening-a-better-way-to-grow-vegetables.html

Rounding up the slugs

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 18:31

I have never used weed killer until recently, when I used some round up on some ground elder in early spring.

Anyway it seems to have knocked it right back.  At day close, I began to hear what I thought was the plants whithering.  It turned out to be slugs munching.

I then thought, oh know, poor slugs.  And then panicked, that the birds might eat the slugs and die etc.

Do you think I may have decimated the local bird population?  The strip was about 2m by 3m. It just didn't occur to me.

Last edited: 16 June 2016 18:33:05

organic raised bed preparation advice sought

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 18:18

There was a raised bed trial mentioned on the radio, and each bed differed in the amount it was dug.  One end of the spectrum: no dig, the other end turned.  They have been monitoring and growing in the beds for years, and the no dig bed is the most prolific.

I have done much digging in our garden really to see where the chalk starts, and to pull out rubbish that has been dumped there over the years.  I just pulled out a mattress, and loads of other detritus.  All for the benefit of a hedge.

I realise in doing so, I've stripped out most of the top soil, and plant matter.  So I've added loads of horse manure and a bit of left over sharp sand.  On chalk the living matter quickly disappears. And I wish I'd planted some green manures in sections of the garden that I've already worked.  Something like comfrey, there are other options.

Not that I know much about soil, but I do find it fascinating.  Especially as mentioned above how the worms just arrive.

Not sure if this was the trial, but might be of interest: http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/no-dig-growing/lower-farm/

Fig not fruiting

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 10:16

Thanks @Dove.

Fig not fruiting

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 10:12

Is there any pruning advice that may encourage fruiting?  My fig has reached for the skies, and hasn't fruited so far.  It's large.

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