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Composting Leaves

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 21:06

I had leaves in black bags and old recycle bins this year and kept checking the recycle bins, as the level lowered I topped them up with leaves from the black bags. Each time the recylce bins were checked I gave the leaves a good scrunching and shake to break up the leaves and distribute the moisture, the top layer was often dry, bottom layer wet. 

I spread the mould on a veg bed a few weeks ago, it hadn't completely broken down but open to the elements it has now. I've done the same for a couple of years now with no problems.

I found, each time the bins were checked, tree seeds had germinated and picked out what could be seen.

Gardening programmes

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 21:40

There's a thread like this every year....

Rather than gardening programmes I'd like to see programmes about gardens after all what can be said when it comes to the bit about 'Jobs in the garden you can be doing this week'?  When there's 2ft of snow covering the ground and your fingers would turn blue within mins of going outdoors.

What would the content be - come and look at my dahlias in the basement or look how my gladioli are drying out. Lets film dormant plants . Then there's Q's why is my compost frozen A it is minus 5 outdoors at present!

There is life beyond the BBC...GW and Beechgrove are programmes I'll miss but look forward to watching again in the Spring

I'm being cynical and don't mean to be disrespectful but with freeview or Sky... search and ye will find lots of stuff about wildlife, conservation, gardens and gardening. I know the truth is hash but not a lot of gardening goes on during the winter months.

Just a thought Heather Bells, but I like your thread title, why not have posters saying what the've watched over winter and recommend as good viewing  may even see us through to the Spring and return of GW and Beechgrove.

 

Squishing caterpillars

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 20:29

I netted my broccoli this year and cabbage white got under the netting, so was thinking of leaving a couple of plants outside the netting just for butterflies in the hope they'll lay eggs on them and they can munch to their hearts content. 

where to use potash and nitrogen

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 22:29

Our posts crossed figetbones. Slight difference of opinion but these thngs happen. 

What can I say, fidgetbones is a knowledgeable.

I'm happy to go with that advise.

where to use potash and nitrogen

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 22:05

 for future posts and I do hope you post again, you should have said what you planned to plant

My explanation was a tab bit OTT. If you are planting pansies, I'd go for a bit of FBB in the hole if planting in the garden or mixed in with the compost if planting in a pot.

Plants adapt to the weather and will only take in water and nutrients which they need. At this time of year if they are meant to go dormant they will, that's why it's important not to over water because when we get the freezing weather the water in the soil freezes and damages roots.

 

where to use potash and nitrogen

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:05

When and where to use potash and nitrogen depends on what you plan to grow

Nitrogen - promotes above ground growth and healthy foilage. Potash - helps promote flowering and the ripening of fruit and veg. Phosphate is for root growth.

FBB, bone meal and dried blood,are fertilisers and additions to compost...so...

Fish,bone and blood - FBB contains all three elements, I'd say it's a good all rounder and not used in huge quantities would say it's good for most things. There maybe someone along shortly to say I'm wrong.

Bone meal contains phosphate and nitogen - good for shrubs, roses, bulbs and strawberries.

Dried blood contains nitrogen, if growing veg it's good for leaf crops like lettuce, spinach and cabbage.

 

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 20:28

Evergreen grasses are nice in winter, the varigated low growing one's add extra colour when nothing much is in flower. Some are fine even after a covering of snow, three to four clumps along the left hand side of your garden would take the edge off the paving. .

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 19:30

It was raining this morning in this part of the NW which seemed to make it feel warmer than yesterday and no frost this morning.

We're planning to go to the Christmas Market in Manchester at the end of the month, hope it's a nice weekend.   

Squishing caterpillars

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 19:20

Butterflies lay that many eggs some are going to get away even if you do squish them.  

How to clear field

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 22:42

I think it's autumn raspberries that are pruned after fruiting and regrow the following year to pruduce fruit on the new growth, happy to be wrong though

Discussions started by Zoomer44

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
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What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
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Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
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Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
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Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
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Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
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