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No dig gardening

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 00:02

Forgot to say the beds are no more than 1mtre wide and never walked on so the soil isn't compact.  

No dig gardening

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 23:56

I follow the no dig principle. Once the veg beds were made, which did involve double digging initially and soil sieving, I now put a layer of mulch or fretiliser on beds in the autumn, depending what is to be grown in the bed, this could be well rotted horse muck, leaf mould or a bed with nothing on. Worms have time to drag the compost into the soil and by spring, after snow, the beds are looking black and healthy. A fork over is sufficient to dig in anything left on the surface.    

I've three veg beds and try to use a rotation system but space is limited and in practice this doesn't always go to plan as I stagger and repeat plant through the growing season.

I hoe regularly and don't let weeds take a hold in the beds, weeds tend to come up easy pezzie on a good bed with mulch or muck providing enough room is left between plants to hoe.   

Carrots and parsnips don't do well in no dig soil as they need depth to grow. I've a portable raised bed for mouli which I like to grow, it's about a ft deep and is refilled each year with used compost from spud bags freshed up with new stuff and can be moved around the beds. 

over wintering garlic - what should it be doing?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 23:13

Don't worry when it snows either, garlic needs at least 30 days of frost to split into cloves and just when you think it's died,in March garlic starts to grow again.

Plant the clove so it's covered by soil though, I start garlic off in modules and plant out those which have started shooting and/or have roots coming out of the bottom of the pot.

Happy gardening.

Editing posts?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 22:00

I miss the edit button too LF, just have to be careful what you post, spell check isn't there either and my spelling isn't the best...looks like yours isn't either

Whar makes me happy in the autumn?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 21:47

PP I find the Lanashire/Yorkshire routes on the motorway a tab bit windy and open, so opt for the A routes when driving to places like Barnoldswick or Blackburn.

Know what you mean though, some fabulous places to visit, have driven past Clitheroe loads of times but visited last weekend for the first time, we went round the castle with the intention of walking along the river after lunch but didn't have time. A good time was had by all...

Whar makes me happy in the autumn?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 21:09

Chicky...know what you mean...colleagues look at me, like I've lapsed into Madrine Chinese, if I say I like driving home in day light to see the changing leaves at this time of year...clocks change soon and it'll all be missed...

Statues OR Ornaments

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:29

Thank's you guys for your kind words, and no probs, KEF... you weren't to know. She was a lot older than both myself and the vet realised...she sat on the patio on Thursday...but her legs went on Friday...bless her little cotton socks...she had a good life...chasing pigeons and birds in the garden ...catching mice...enough said...

Planting Potatoes

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:00

All good advise above from experienced allotmenteers, not sure how my advise would translate onto an alloment but hope it does. Have tried main crop in veg beds in the back garden

I grow in bags mainly and try to keep some spuds back in March/Arpil to plant in May to prolong the harvest. Spuds are happy to chit for a few months if you keep them in the right conditions. I've bought spuds in January from spud fairs and started chitting right away but not planted some out till May.  

A lot of growers rate Charlotte but I don't, never had a good crop and found they don't cook well.  Grown several different varities, there's heaps to try but this year kept some in their bags after the foilage died back. Dug up a 2nd early - wilja last week and the spuds were fine. I've still two bags of spring grown spuds to harvest and don't buy spuds from about late June through to December.

The problem with growing Christmas spuds is when you come to harvest in December and this is why they can't be grown on an allotment, you can't dig them up, the ground is frozen. Last yr mine were put in an unheated GH and the bags froze, they were fine in February when the bags had defrosted.

Spuds will only grow for the length of time nature intended, so spuds planted in July for Christmas -1st and 2nd earlies -  the foilage will have died back well before December and I wouldn't waste my space in the GH for Christmas spuds any more but would put them in a place which is frost free like garage or basement.

In answer to your last Q, how many spuds do you need to plant, depends on how many spuds you eat 

Oak tree seedling

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:43

Sounds a good idea to grow an oak as a bonsai, Old timer2.

Love your apple tree grown from a pip Forester2.

bamboo

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:36

Bamboo can be a real thug, it puts out under ground roots which can go through walls, mine migrated into next doors garden. I agree with Verdun try glyphosate but also after cutting down pour it into the cut bamboo stems. Each time a new shoot appears try to pull it up with as much root as you can.

Good luck.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

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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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 21:54

What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 20:46

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 21:17

First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 21:15

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
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Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

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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Last Post: 06/11/2013 at 21:41

Saving bean seeds...

This was a new venture last year... 
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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 20:49

Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
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Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 23:12
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