Welshonion


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composting new biodegradable bags

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 15:45

Yes, send them to landfill.  The biodegradable bit is a bit disingenuous; it salves the feelings of the supermarket who think they are doing a Good Thing. 


The bags biodegrade efficiently in anaerobic conditions over time.  That is they biodegrade in landfill.  My Council who take compost making seriously ask us not to put biodegradable bags in the food waste.  Get yourself paper bags or use newspaper to wrap the waste. But please if you have a food waste collection do not put food waste into landfill.

Is the Pumpkin Ready to Harvest?

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 15:35

Maybe the OP is just boasting!

Saving fruit plants on overgrown allotment

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 15:32

As you don't know the age of the fruit bushes, they may be in line for replacement.  Varieties have moved on and you may be nurturing rubbish.  If you start afresh you can go for the best.  Be selective don't accept donations from fellow allotmenteers.

Lots of bulb weeds in newly laid turf

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 23:48

The whole point is that weedkiller (glyphosate) will only work on rapidly growing weeds.  The gardener may have been correct: weedkiller won't work if you can't see the bulbs 'cos they haven't started growing.


Good Luck.

Squirrel proof magnolia?

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 18:37

It is of course ILLEGAL to trap any wild bird or animal (even mice or squirrels) and release them into the wild again.

Advice on pruning a large fig tree

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 18:18

Fruit can be kept from the birds and bees if you put a parer bag (not plastic) over the fruit before it is ripe.

Lining raised beds

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 18:15

I'm using damp-proof plastic to line the sides of my raised beds.


Why would it matter if cardboard is ugly, surely it would be under the soil?


I would definitely get rid of the ground elder as a priority or you will curse it for ever.

seeds

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 18:14

Sorry, Phillipa has misunderstood too.  The inserts come the same size as the trays. They cater for  how many plants you want to a tray.  The inserts are usually made of thin plastic and definitely have drainage holes.

Compost bin, wormery or hotbox

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 16:42

It sounds like you would be best with a compost bin.  It will certainly take lawn clippings mixed with shredded paper and rabbit droppings and straw , cardboard, leaves.


The food waste, I'm not sure about;  your food waste may not be the same as my food waste.  Raw vegetable waste is fine; cooked stuff will attract rats. Cooked stuff can go in a wormery, but not in great quantity.


A hot box is fine if you have the time and energy to turn the contents thoroughly and often.

seeds

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 16:00

No, they are not meant to have holes in them.  They are designed to take inserts.  They can be placed on window sills, for example, and the water will not run through.

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