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by retropants
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 135
Views: 2742

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

yes, frosty here too this morning. I haven't checked the dahlia situation yet, will do so when I get home from work. Put some mealworms out for the robins this morning. Ever since we had the dead silver birch removed, we've had far fewer birds visiting. It makes me sad.
by retropants
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 135
Views: 2742

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

thanks Monika, I'll see if I can source some to recycle from work!
by retropants
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 135
Views: 2742

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

than you OH, that's kind of you. My shoulders are complaining a bit this morning, but all the hard work will be a distant memory soon!
by retropants
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 135
Views: 2742

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Well, we got all of the Hard standing dug up, and the skip full was collected on Thursday. I now have a 6ftx15ft rectangle of growing space! I'm going to order some composted manure and put a thick layer over the surface. There's already worms hanging around, so hopefully they will do their thing, a...
by retropants
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Cherry Tree Leaves
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Cherry Tree Leaves

cherry leaf miner?
by retropants
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Saving Sweet Potato
Replies: 85
Views: 6736

Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Most impressive!
by retropants
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Worth the chance?
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: Worth the chance?

To me, red is definitely sweeter.
by retropants
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 135
Views: 2742

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Hope they manage to glue you back together today.
by retropants
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Preparing calabrese (broccoli) heads
Replies: 8
Views: 378

Re: Preparing calabrese (broccoli) heads

Me too! Seeing boiling caterpillars amongst the broccoli tends to put one off!
by retropants
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 135
Views: 2742

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

What an amazing achievement. Well done to both of them.
by retropants
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: No dig?
Replies: 13
Views: 503

Re: No dig?

Thankyou For all those pieces of useful info! I do have a Dalek compost bin, but I might try the burying waste technique as well, as the bin won't be ready for at least another season. I won't need to grow courgettes, as neither of us like them! Although I will probably sow some seeds for my brother...
by retropants
Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: No dig?
Replies: 13
Views: 503

Re: No dig?

Colin, I'm an old hand, but always learning! Had an allotment for nearly 30 years. I am leaving it open, as primrose suggested, as it's been completely covered for over 25 years, probably more like 40. The composted manure layer is me beginning the no dig project, add on top and let the worms do the...
by retropants
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: No dig?
Replies: 13
Views: 503

Re: No dig?

I'm used to having 4 huge allotment plots in one block, so this will be interesting! This year I was confined to veg in pots and grow bags. Some did really well, others not so much. Its a huge down shift from what I am used to, but needs must!
by retropants
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: No dig?
Replies: 13
Views: 503

Re: No dig?

Thanks Colin & Primrose, I was thinking similarly. Where we are breaking the old concrete up, it is making a lot of small stones and bits, which will need removing. I'll do this, and loosen everything at the same time. Then leave it uncovered for a while, and put a thick layer of compost/manure ...
by retropants
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: No dig?
Replies: 13
Views: 503

No dig?

I am taking up a hardstanding to reveal the soil (quite stony!) underneath, would this be suitable to cultivate as a no-dig bed? My back can't take hours of digging, so I've been reading the about the no dig method, and it sounds like it should work. It's only a small area approx 2.5 x 5 metres, and...

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