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by Colin2016
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Advice for Beginners!
Replies: 19
Views: 176

Re: Advice for Beginners!

1 Research Books (free at library), Magazines, Attend Gardening Clubs, internet, ask questions, join forums.

2 Take Action Even if it is just to sow one packet of free seeds you come across.

3 Enjoy Enjoy your new found venture by doing it little & often.
by Colin2016
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Advice for Beginners!
Replies: 19
Views: 176

Re: Advice for Beginners!

There is plot that has raised beds but soil in side beds is same level as the ground around it.
by Colin2016
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Plant suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 168

Re: Plant suggestions

Thank you all for your suggestions. Going to take awhile to digest your ideas Sally, thanks.
by Colin2016
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Plant suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 168

Plant suggestions

I have a 7 metre long south facing fence at back of the plot with a ditch behind it.

I would like to grow something that is beneficial/attracts wild life birds/bees/butterflies, grows quick and has bit of bulk to keep wind at bay.

Thinking buddleia and comfrey, anything else I can add?
by Colin2016
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Comparing home grown with supermarket produce
Replies: 11
Views: 155

Re: Comparing home grown with supermarket produce

Child was playing with the loose peppers, which I politely pointed out to mum who was talking to another person.
by Colin2016
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Soil Testing
Replies: 10
Views: 282

Re: Soil Testing

At the beginning I brought one of those 2 pronged gauges for testing soil/temp, but after reading about no dig came to the conclusion that testing soil not a bit issue. No problem growing brassicas or any other veg in first year. This is second sowing of brassicas only issue I had at first was soil ...
by Colin2016
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: What is "well rotted" manure?
Replies: 14
Views: 1947

Re: What is "well rotted" manure?

"I am trying Charles Dowding's no dig method. I was planning on covering the last weedy part of my allotment with horse muck (I can get plenty of not fresh but not fully rotted muck), covering this with a layer of cardboard and leaving it until the spring when I will start growing in it. Is thi...
by Colin2016
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Insulating compost bin
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Insulating compost bin

Noticed a darlek bin with slots in the side, first one I have seen like this.
by Colin2016
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Insulating compost bin
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Insulating compost bin

Another thought on pallet verses darlek.

There are gaps in pallets but not in the darlek as compost needs air could this be reason darlek does not get hot.
by Colin2016
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Insulating compost bin
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Insulating compost bin

What about lining the inside with cardboard?

Since moving to pallet type compost bins the temp has been around 60/70 active/hot where as the darlek type got hot for a few days then dropped off.
by Colin2016
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Website Help
Topic: Site maintenance on Monday 22 October
Replies: 9
Views: 967

Re: Site maintenance on Monday 22 October

Looks like the maintenance all done and working well done the techs
by Colin2016
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: cheese
Replies: 56
Views: 2931

Re: cheese

When I get down to the parmesan rind I slice as much off and share it with the dog when I cannot get any more cheese off it I give it to the the dog.

Many a time I have taken cheese out of fridge to find it has gone green, still eat it though.
by Colin2016
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: cheese
Replies: 56
Views: 2931

Re: cheese

It's not new I see (2005) but bet it tastes great if there is any left.
by Colin2016
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 298
Views: 9821

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

Spent a lovely day on the plot enjoying the sunshine whilst putting up new gate posts and getting stung by red ants.
by Colin2016
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Starting a no-dig kitchen garden from scratch
Replies: 24
Views: 3094

Re: Starting a no-dig kitchen garden from scratch

Fully agree Stephen. I have been using the plastic dalek type but no very impressed, have just built two pallet size composting bays which are working great 60/70 degrees, looking to have 6 bays eventually. I have neighbours saving me their cardboard/pruning/food waste etc plus having access to free...

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