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Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 21:05

Compost seems to vary from year to year, no matter what the cost. I've tried 'cheap and cheerful' but 'buy cheap pay twice' has happened and more expensive compost has had nails and plastic in.

I vowed a few years ago to make as much home made compost as possible because of the poor quality of mpc. I still buy compost for seed sowing and seedlings but mix the latter with home made stuff and will take back anything which is smelly or not black and crumbly.

I'm happy to be wrong but me thinks alot of these company's purchase or are given recycled compost/green waste from Local Authorities and because those depositing their green waste have slipped in non recyleable stuff it ends up in mpc.

Pound land blueberries

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 19:43

I agree with nutcutlet altough if your blueberries are currently snug indoors and have started sprouting new leaves, it sounds like they think it's Spring and the shock of going outdoors now could kill them, if they are looking healthy I'd be inclined to wait putting them outdoors for a couple more months because they will be accustomed to the heat in your kitchen and will need hardening off even in a couple of months.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 18:57

Ginagibbs - I started, with half a plot in another part of the allotments but gave that one up when the current one became vacant because I wanted more room to grow fruit.I've tried to make it less labour intensive by planting alot of periennial veg/fruit like globe artichokes, fruit bushes, strawberries, herbs, fruit tree's and rubarb.       

On the subject of fruit - Aldi will have friut tree's on sale from Thursday, only £3.49, apple, pear and plum.  

Went to the plot this morning to do a few jobs and picked some kale, it was suprisingly tender, was expecting it to be as tough as old boots after the frost and sleet. What an under rated vegtable, will be growing more this year.

Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 18:13

IKEA bags are pourus, they let all the water out...I've tried them They are very good for collecting weeds to take to the tip though 

B&Q often give good savings on bags which are split and if you see one split which hasn't been reduced the guy on the section will often reduce it while you wait.

Replacing Fence Panels

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 20:04

Not even if you'dlike to

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:22

Thank you ginagibbs Your plot is looking pretty good too,and what a handsome pooch I'm hoping to plant more flowers this year, was thinking a long bed of flowers to cut. What are your white one's called?  

Gg-I got the bottom half Aug 2014, top half Oct 2014. You couldn't see onto the plot more than 3ft, the weeds, brambles and over grown bushes were as tall as the poles in the top picture. These pics were taken Oct/Nov, last year.  

Replacing Fence Panels

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 20:15

I have a similar problem, fence panels 6x6 which need replacing but not enough claerance room at the top of the concrete posts to  slot them in due to plants growing on neighbours side which extend into the air by a further few feet, neighbour has also used the bottom of the fence to earth up and level his garden so when the panels are removed his garden will fall into mine.

To make matters worse it's not my fence, he replaced it several years ago so me thinks he owns it, no easy solution...will be interesting to hear how you resolve your problem...may help with mine...  

Perfect weather

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 19:33

Gdonkey2, you need to learn when to stop with back problems and when to let someone else do the heavy work I have a list from 'easy pezzie' to, 'to  hard to do jobs' and get help with the latter or do a little at a time.

The art is to stop before your back starts to hurt, I start pilates classes next week on perscription with the physio, I do have to make a donation for use of the room at a local gym, then decide whether to carry them on after two sessions and join a class full price (result of an infection which travelled up my spine)     

Do a little at a time, take lots of breaks and take time out to sit back and enjoy your garden, lifes to short...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 18:55

I've asparagus roots on order from Kings, expect them to arrive in March

Been checking the weather for the weekend and it's improving daily, from sleet to light rain so hopefully the forcast will be even better by Saturday...I do have some under cover jobs to do like potting up an extra lot of onion sets bought in the Autumn and some shallots which are looking a little sad

It's not advisable to dig when the ground is really wet but I've found dock/dandilion roots come up so much easier, so might start to tackle the top of the plot which is just covered with black plastic.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 19:58

Gg - happy picking. I've got Red Duke of York chitting, Nicola and another which I've already lost the label for... Robinsons are having a potato fair in a couple of weeks so planned to get some more varieties to grow in bags. Let us know which one's you choose.

 GWRS -We have one person on the committee who deals just with security so each year there's usually a discussion about security improvements. . 

Looking forward to the weekend.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
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Last Post: 23/04/2016 at 22:11

Growing asparagus...

Any tips... 
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Last Post: 15/03/2016 at 09:52

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Last Post: Today at 19:15

Re planting fruit tree's...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Last Post: 04/02/2016 at 21:13

Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Last Post: 20/01/2016 at 19:01

Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Last Post: 30/11/2015 at 19:02

Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Last Post: 22/11/2015 at 16:56

Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Last Post: 13/07/2015 at 23:16

Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Last Post: 16/06/2015 at 10:41

Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 19:35

Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 11:20

Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Last Post: 13/03/2015 at 01:26

Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Last Post: 12/02/2015 at 21:24

Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 19:48

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Last Post: 03/12/2014 at 06:13
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