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by Monika
Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:03 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Worms and worms
Replies: 10
Views: 3673

I emailed wigglywigglers but no reply yet. Will keep you all posted!
by Monika
Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Where best to buy.
Replies: 26
Views: 8820

LBS at Cottontree near Colne, Lancashire, is a brill warehouse shop, very reasonable and they do have a comprehensive catalogue so that you can plan your purchases beforehand. I know most of you are too far away to visit them, but they do have a good website, too:

lbsgardendirect.co.uk
by Monika
Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:12 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Worms and worms
Replies: 10
Views: 3673

Thanks for the hints, I shall go to Wigglywigglers poste haste!
by Monika
Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:01 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kale - which variety?
Replies: 14
Views: 3719

Dwarf Curly Kale for me. Stands any amount of frost and doesn't have to be staked. Ragged Jack is quite fun to grow with its "ragged" leaves but the ribs can be tough and it usually collapses in very cold weather. All in all, kales are much easier to grow than spring cabbage, taste nicer a...
by Monika
Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:15 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Worms and worms
Replies: 10
Views: 3673

Worms and worms

I could do with some clarification: when I empty the compost bins, I dig all the compost-making brandling worms into the soil. What happens to them? do they die or do they live on as "earthworms"? And the "normal" earthworms: if I collected some and put them into the compost bins...
by Monika
Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:01 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Hot-Beds
Replies: 9
Views: 2341

Our allotment neighbour made a hotbed (just as described) this summer and grew some wonderful squashes, so it seems to work.
by Monika
Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:02 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: wood Anemones - help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

Anemones do better if you soak them in water overnight before planting. Good luck with them! When I was a child in Eastern Europe, we had a large coppice in the grounds with anemones, sweet violets and wild scillas in spring and I have been trying to recreate this for many years and, alas, never bee...
by Monika
Fri Nov 03, 2006 7:39 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: No-Digging
Replies: 12
Views: 3890

Why on earth would anyone not WANT to dig, other than with a physical disability? Digging is the most satisfying, soothing allotment occupation I can think of and it teaches you a lot about your soil, too. Certainly beats hoeing, mowing and scything.
by Monika
Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:01 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: newpapers
Replies: 10
Views: 2439

We have always used newspapers (crumpled up rather than in thick wads) in the bottom of the runner bean and sweet pea ttrenches and also put them into the compost bins every so often. They always disappear completely and our soil is reasonably light. So I would certainly try it if I were you.
by Monika
Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:49 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Is this a friend or foe
Replies: 15
Views: 6400

Last year, after planting out some herbs from pots, I found quite a few vine weevil grubs in the allotment soil around them but found no trace of them during this autumn's digging or, indeed, any damage on plants during the summer. So maybe, as Organic Freak says, they are only a problem in pots?!
by Monika
Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:38 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Green manure and pea weevil
Replies: 3
Views: 1106

Many thanks for your comprehensive reply. I do follow what you have suggested, i.e. growing winter tares AFTER peas and beans, but as the plots are adjacent to the other plots, I assume they just hop across! Unfortunately, we don't usually have long enough gaps between summer crops (short season her...
by Monika
Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:34 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Green manure and pea weevil
Replies: 3
Views: 1106

Green manure and pea weevil

For the last two years pea and bean weevil attacks have grown tremendously during spring on our allotment and I am wondering if the winter tares (which we grow as green manure) help the weevils to overwinter. Anybody got any thoughts on that? This winter we are only using winter grazing rye on the a...
by Monika
Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:28 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Seed Catalogues
Replies: 60
Views: 19117

I don't think anybody has mentioned Suffolk Herbs. I know they are part of Kings, but they do have some different varieties, including more herbs and unusual vegetables, and are always very prompt and reliable. For potatoes, we always use Thompson and Morgan because their packs are in number of seed...
by Monika
Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:43 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: cap sticks
Replies: 17
Views: 4751

We have used empty plastic drinks bottles (small still and sparkling water) on top of the canes for many years. In summer they support the nets which have to cover everything on our allotment (against jackdaw, partridge and pigeon damage) and in winter, when the nets are not out, the bottles rattle ...
by Monika
Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:37 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Potato blight what to do with the compost and containers
Replies: 5
Views: 1797

We always put all our potato foliage and the very tiny tatties into our huge compost bin because it is left to "stew" fo about five years. Do you think that is long enough to get rid of any nasties?

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