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by Colin2016
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: How would I check soil for contamination?
Replies: 8
Views: 83

Re: How would I check soil for contamination?

Stephan I have grown spuds & leeks with success using Charles's way, can't comment on turnips as do not grow them.
by Colin2016
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: How would I check soil for contamination?
Replies: 8
Views: 83

Re: How would I check soil for contamination?

"Obviously the Charles Dowding method might be an alternative approach but that limits what one can grow. I can not see it supporting root veg."

Are you certain on this as sure he grows root veg.
by Colin2016
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: 5 Ingredients Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver
Replies: 8
Views: 100

Re: 5 Ingredients Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

Got his latest "Veg" as after watching some of his latest tv show episodes.
by Colin2016
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: First crops to sow during/after winter?
Replies: 9
Views: 172

Re: First crops to sow during/after winter?

Got Onions, garlic, beetroot, Kale, Sprouts, Spinach potatoes & Carrots growing on the plot.

Another plot holder has broad beans growing.
by Colin2016
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Composting
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: Composting

A lot of the terms are very misleading and to me are meaningless. I have 4 compost bays on the go, using tea bags have not been a problem, was in the darlek type but not in my hot ones. I assume plants do not consume plastic so wonder if this is a major issue for veg growing. The suppliers should be...
by Colin2016
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Battery Return
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Battery Return

Not thought of that.
by Colin2016
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Battery Return
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Battery Return

Parcelforce refused it.... guess who delivered the replacement today?
by Colin2016
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: new built house garden - getting the soil ready for planting
Replies: 11
Views: 295

Re: new built house garden - getting the soil ready for planting

For veg raised beds, lay cardboard then fill with manure & compost and leave over winter to let the worms do there work.

Check out Charles Dowding videos on how successful this is.

Good luck Carmen.
by Colin2016
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Battery Return
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Battery Return

Needed to return a battery for vacuum cleaner under guarantee, found that no delivery company would handle it. Fortunately the company gave me a full refund with having to return it when I told them. Waiting for delivery of another battery to see who delivers it. Could be a challenge if using a supp...
by Colin2016
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Burnt Wood
Replies: 7
Views: 299

Burnt Wood

Anybody heard of this? Did you know that if you want to help preserve wooden garden frames, raised beds and the like... you can burn the surface. This wood charring method has been used from way back in Japan to increase the durability markedly. So no need for tanalised timber, no messing about with...
by Colin2016
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: What's Happenin'?
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Re: What's Happenin'?

Going down the A1 the other day there was a van with wire mesh covered back which was spewing out it's load of leaves.
by Colin2016
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Giving Up Meat
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: Giving Up Meat

China had a go at stopping more than one child I believe. "I know in days gone by, especially in the country, the contents of the outdoor privy or "thunder box" were routinely used for composting or fertilising rural vegetable patches, apparently without too much harm to humans when t...
by Colin2016
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Giving Up Meat
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Giving Up Meat

Got thinking the other day whilst sorting compost bins on what would happen if everybody gave up eating meat, how would the earth get fed? I understand cow poo goes on the land for fertilising and is also used for growing mushrooms. Chicken poo is good for fertilising the land. Sheep poo not sure ab...
by Colin2016
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Oops - is this aimed at me? (Or you?)
Replies: 20
Views: 662

Re: Oops - is this aimed at me? (Or you?)

"In my late Mum's day, smell and tast was all that was rrquired" Sadly all that has gone from the supermarkets, unless you like the smell of plastic. As for taste never know anything better since growing my own. Local supermarket used to have a deli all gone, same with fresh fish counter, ...
by Colin2016
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Saving Sweet Potato
Replies: 9
Views: 524

Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Brilliant Westi good to see they can be grown in the UK. Have a few growing options for next stage/year, just hoping that I can use what has grown this year rather than buying more slips.

Wondering if the heat from my compost could be used to keep them warm over winter storage.

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