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Posted: 01/03/2015 at 16:16

Thanks Dove. my garden is 100ft long, about 30 across. I currently have two beehive types but I'm planning on three bins in the refit

how to bulk up soil?

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 15:23

I got rid of all my lawn last year, laying the clods face-to-face in two heaps at the end of my garden. No special treatment but both are now ready for returning to the borders as soil.

Also, whenever you buy a plant in a pot, the hole you dig will leave an excess. Obviously, it depends on the size of plant pots and how many plants you buy, but given time, the soil will level out.

I've found the best compost mix is 70-30 carbon and nitrogen but others swear by 50-50 mix. Keep it moist and turn in regularly. Obviously, the smaller the parts are to begin with, the quicker the process


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 14:56


Glad everyone's had a great weekend and most have the appearance of spring in their gardens. YAY

Well, another weekend of shifts finished for me, OH has a full evening of sport and is on holiday this coming week so we are already discussing jobs to be done

Don't worry, I won't work him too hard, but I do need to make some compost bins out of old pallets. I have at least half a dozen stacked down the bottom of my garden with more to come with this year's garden delivery, so no shortage, but can anyone tell me their experiences with make compost bins from old pallets? I was worried that the dimensions would be too large for what my garden produces and the compost would look a bit silly in all that space (although, I do have more plants than ever this year and I'm getting a shredder next week as well, so I anticipate making more this year)

Yesterday was very busy at the bakery and I managed to bake nearly £500 worth of products (that's £60 more than usual) gosh, what a hungry lot in my neck of the woods! And it's even worse in the summer months with all those BBQs going on

It's been a beautiful sunny day here and although there has been wind, the helpful kind that dries soil nicely

Going to eat now, TTFN

white bits in very very well rotted horse manure

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:32

I'd hire a van and take the lot 


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 05:32

It's not sad, its personal connections...a sort of intimate view of the world that we all indulge in from time to time to keep us sane

Are you square or round and Iron willed?

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 05:12

I prefer square pots because they fit together more snugly although I'm not a chilli grower. I actually threw away three bin liners of round pots just the other day but kept all my square sizes for propogation


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 05:08

Morning all, just a quick peek and a get well soon to Bill!

Hope everyone has a successful day at what they do

moving established roses

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 21:00

No, no, no.

Sorry to say so, but if you want to keep these bushes alive you need to treat them with respect. 

Roses don't have a large root ball.  Most of what you dig up are the roots that keep them in the ground, the main feeding roots are the size of a fist at the base of the main stem. If you moved them while they were still dormant,  they have a chance of surviving but not if you leave them standing in water.

. My suggestion would be to earth them up if you can't pot them. Make any hole in a spare bit of ground and keep them moist. That's emergency treatment with no guarantees of survival.I have some personal experience of moving well established roses and mine took three years to recover. Good luck


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 20:36

Was gold and white for half of the day then turned blue black, not that I'm a twitterer, followed same news articles.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 19:18

I'm sure you'll wake up once it gets going Clari good luck with it

I ache a bit this evening but am really happy with what I've done and the weather today. Lets hope It stays dry enough or nicely windy to dry up the soil a bit, I am dreaming of that lovely crumbly silty stuff that my garden turns into when its fully spring. Very workable.

Son has arrived for a weekend stay and I'm doing my usual long shifts so I'll be about but not that much.

Have a lovely weekend forkers.

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