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What to do with soil that's got coal in it

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 17:33

Coal is not really contamination; it came out of the earth, it is just charcoal in another form.  Add plenty of compost/humus to the soil, and off you go!

advice need for incinerator

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 01:19

What do you intend to burn?  Wood ash is good.  Do you have a good supply of untreated wood to burn? Do not use any residue from burning plastic on the garden.

 I would certainly try to place the incinerator more than 3m from the house and ensure the smoke is never a nusiance to neighbours enjoying their gardens or hanging out clothes on the line.

I would also ensure the incinerator is not placed directly on sandstone.  It's porous isn't it?


Posted: 29/08/2012 at 01:06

I should warn you that Ragwort is a fantastic nectar-bearing plant but it is poisonous to grazing stock and if you let it seed the plants will be everywhere. Burn any you dig up as most councils will not allow it to be dumped in their green waste.

insects on sunflowers

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 01:01

Sunflowers are made up of many, many separate flowers in concentric circles.  To get the well-known sunflower seeds every flower has to be pollinated.  So leave the pollinators be!

If they are good seed-bearing variety you will have to put paper bags over the heads when the seeds are filling or the sparrows, etc will eat them all.

Fig crop drop

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 00:52

On a point of information, figs in the UK are not pollinated, that is why they do not have seeds,  A great advantage in my opinion.

Red Onion Sets

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 00:46

Why are you putting them in the freezer?  Onions are usually dried off and stored in a shed or garage, or somewhere cool.

But use the bolted ones first, they keep less well than the others.  IME red onions are ready bolters.

Red Onion Sets

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 00:44

Why are you putting them in the freezer?  Onions are usually dried off and stored in a shed or garage, or somewhere cool.

Is this an ash tree?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 00:37

Rowan is the same as Mountain Ash and is a small tree. Agree with Robinia.

Compost Problems

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 00:59

NB. Home-made compost and bought-in compost are not the same thing.  Though now that bought-in compost is made from the green waste that ends up at the tip they may get nearer over time.

Bramble invasion

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 18:47

Pharmacy or vets.  I think you use hyperdermic for Japanese Knotweed rather than bindweed. Though if you cut the Knotweed just below a node you can inject weedkiller into the stem with a syringe without a needle

You can get disposable syringes also from pharmacy or vets.

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