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by Monika
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: January Jobs?
Replies: 25
Views: 692

Re: January Jobs?

Have 100 spuds on order from one shop & going to order same amount from another shop


Are you opening a fish and chip shop, Colin? Or a crisp factory?
by Monika
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 121
Views: 2528

Re: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.

Thank you for your answers, OH. You are so right about being able to improve heavy soil. When we moved into our current home almost 40 years ago, it was newly built with the usual builders' garden all around it, heavy and compacted, just covered with a thin layer of 'topsoil'. Since then, we have ap...
by Monika
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 121
Views: 2528

Re: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.

All looks good, OH! And what lovely friable soil!
Two quick questions: (1) are the white bits flint? chalk? (2) are the monocots in the third photo small leeks or big garlic?
(Thanks for the new thread, OH)
by Monika
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 159
Views: 4312

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

Time for Midwinter Bits and Bobs, OH?
by Monika
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 12
Views: 194

Re: Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday, Diane! I hope you had a great day and haven't been spirited away because we need your excellent input to the Forum!
by Monika
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: New patch.
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: New patch.

Depends. If the original soil is heavy, I would leave it uncovered for the frost (which is no doubt still to come) to break it up. If the soil is already crumbly and dark, I would cover it with a TRANSPARENT cover like plastic so that any weed seeds on the surface germinate and you can hoe them off ...
by Monika
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: electric propagator
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: electric propagator

I used to have a propagator and always sat the seed trays and pots on a layer of damp sand. The reason I no longer use it is that it brought the seedlings on very quickly (see Primrose's comments above!) and there was not enough light for them to grow sturdily in January/February. Now I wait until i...
by Monika
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Compost aerators.
Replies: 8
Views: 234

Re: Compost aerators.

Hello, Grassman, contrary to the previous answers, I regularly aerate our compost and am quite sure it makes a difference, certainly to the time it takes to break down into nice crumbly compost. We have four ex-dustbins with small holes drilled into the sides, bottom and lid (large enough to admit a...
by Monika
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Edging my beds
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: Edging my beds

I would take all the wood out and burn it - the beds may try to spread a bit, but could you not bank them up regularly? Wooden edges, especially rotten ones, are nobbut dormitories for slugs, snails and woodlice.
by Monika
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early signs of spring?
Replies: 17
Views: 458

Re: Early signs of spring?

As with Clive, our spring bulbs seem to be slightly behind this year, probably because of the lack of sunshine. This anticyclonic gloom the last few days has been quite depressing, so I am hoping for a bit more light shortly. It's also been unseasonably dry. My OH, whose birthday falls at the end of...
by Monika
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 11
Views: 288

Re: Happy Birthday.

Late as usual: glad you had a good birthday, retropants, and all the best for good health and happiness!
by Monika
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy New Year to you all for 2019
Replies: 36
Views: 740

Re: Happy New Year to you all for 2019

Motherwoman is another person we have not heard from for a long time!
by Monika
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 159
Views: 4312

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

I spread some home-made compost and rotted farmyard manure on the vegetable beds in the garden and some old potting compost onto flower beds. The weather forecast is brill for the next few days, so hope to get some walking in.
by Monika
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy New Year to you all for 2019
Replies: 36
Views: 740

Re: Happy New Year to you all for 2019

Happy New Year to everybody! May all your wishes come true .....
by Monika
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 159
Views: 4312

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

It's really strange for me this year not to be poring over the new seeds catalogues and picking which varieties to choose. Most of my requirements will be met by the free seeds which seem to be attached to most gardening magazines nowadays, though I will still pick a few choice ones from catalogues....

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