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Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:05

I'm coming to the conclusion it's hit and miss between the brands. I started off getting cheapest and then had a bad year with it so went more up market, but you aren't necessarily getting quality the more you spend.

Then decided to make what I could so now have three composts one for muck, another leaf mould and a third garden stuff. The latter turns into really good black stuff within a year and is saved for pots, so now buy half the MPC I was buying a couple of yrs ago and mix new and home grown 50/50 adding FBB when containers are filled.     

...artjaks is coming from the right direction...there's a feel good factor in making your own.  

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:00

I've got shallots in 4'pots at present, not tried them in pots before but they've got several inches growth on them and look healthy. Planned to plant out at the end of March.

no sprouts

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 20:05

To stop them rocking in the wind you should plant them in a trench like you would spuds then as the stems grow, earth up, the roots will be deeper and help anchor the plant down in winds. 

Very Late Spuds Indeed!

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:54

I was digging up spuds last week on the new plot wasn't sure how long they'd been there although they did look ok.

garlic spray

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:37

Split a couple of garlic bulbs, use a garlic crusher to crush the clovers into a big pan of water and boil until tend then sieve out the garlic. I add oliver oil to the fluid at this stage. Then store the fluid in plastic bottles until ready for use. I store in milk bottle cartons. 

I only have a small area to spray so use one of the smaller plastic sprayers which can be picked up from places like Wilko for a few £'s. If you've sieved the fluid garlic doesn't block up the nozzle when you spray.

Now I'm happy to be wrong but the garlic puts off snails and slugs, anphids breath through their skin and if there are any on your plants when you spray the olive oil coats their skin.

I start spraying mid to late March every few weeks. Then when I've made some seaweed feed, spray the plants with this instead of the garlic and mulch plants with the spent seaweed, it's a bit  but the smell actually goes quite quickly and seaweed dries black.         

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:14

I've sow pea's early onward on kitchen roll and shallots have been started in the GH.

start-of-a-weekly-blog

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 20:21

What a novel way to make a propagator, how much did it cost?  

Homemade seed Packets

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 00:18

...the posting was answered in January 2013 by a number of posters and whilst the enduring gardener does appear to be good reading...why the link to T&M at the bottom of the page...

Blue berry bushes

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 22:12

...and they are likely to fail without being planted in ericaceous compost...

I grow them in pots in the back garden...I'm happy to be wrong but if you want to grow them on an allotment the best chance they have is to be planted in wide bottom less pots filled with ericaceous compost, the pot will allow them to draw up moisture from the soil and they'll draw nutrients from the compost. Later in the year a mulch of pine needles or possible leaf mulch willl help...if they take.

...and new plants shouldn't be pruned in the first two years, this allows them to put on growth.

Lidl

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 21:57

The past couple of years I've found compost variable and bordering on very poor from a number of different places ranging from stores to GC's, containing nails, plastic and bits of garden fences.

If there isn't a bag of compost already split, when buying bigger bags I ask to split the bag to check the contents. Me thinks, if the shop has confidence in their products, they should be happy to let you see what's inside. Only ever done it with the intention of buying at least 3 bags though and take my chances with grow bags, but now initially just buy one, if it's good quality go back and buy more.    

Murphy's seems to be consistantly good.    

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... 
Replies: 39    Views: 1132
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... 
Replies: 34    Views: 1191
Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
Replies: 47    Views: 1153
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... 
Replies: 8    Views: 455
Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 20:49

Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
Replies: 10    Views: 541
Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 23:12
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