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by Monika
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Planting broad bean seeds end November
Replies: 11
Views: 674

Re: Planting broad bean seeds end November

I suppose it depends where you live, but I found that spring sown broad beans very quickly catch up with autumn sown ones and cause much less hassle and far far fewer losses, especially in a hard winter. Sowing them in root trainers in early spring in the cold greenhouse before planting outside made...
by Monika
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 94
Views: 3914

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

How I agree with you, Geoff! We happen to live under the flight path of many European and UK flights to North America over the North Pole, albeit very high up, but sitting out on a clear dark evening, we sometimes see four or five planes at the same time going northwards and certainly at least a doz...
by Monika
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: GQT - well rotted organic matter
Replies: 46
Views: 3375

Re: GQT - well rotted organic matter

Can you spread it on top, Westi, and then cover the bed(s) with black plastic? The worms will do their bit underneath.
by Monika
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 94
Views: 3914

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

Dry days, sunshine, frost for the weekend and beyond ...... yippee!
by Monika
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Hen Party - all chickens welcome!
Replies: 328
Views: 43333

Re: Hen Party - all chickens welcome!

Oh, OH, that takes me back .......... :D :D :D
by Monika
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: GQT - well rotted organic matter
Replies: 46
Views: 3375

Re: GQT - well rotted organic matter

I far prefer cow manure to horse manure for the same reasons as quoted by Peter. And when we had the allotment, we did just as OH does: we received the fresh cow manure straight from the farm in spring (the winter bedding, in other words), piled it up and covered it with a large black baler sheet un...
by Monika
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 94
Views: 3914

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

Last night's frost (-5C) killed off the nasturtiums, dahlias and pelargoniums, but the dug vegetable beds will have benefited from it! And it might have killed off a few bugs.
by Monika
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: How would I check soil for contamination?
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: How would I check soil for contamination?

I think the RHS offers a soil analysis to members. Might be worth asking.
by Monika
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Reducing allotment plot sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 662

Re: Reducing allotment plot sizes

The allotments in our village were re-opened up 36 years ago as eight (large) full size plots. None of those remain at that size, they have all been halved or quartered. The system seems to work very well: the elderly can move to a smaller size when the work gets too hard, people busy with jobs and ...
by Monika
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Composting
Replies: 17
Views: 848

Re: Composting

Some 'compostable' wrappers actually state that they are made of rice starch - those I put into our own compost bin. Others, stated to be compostable, I put into the council garden rubbish bin because our own bin doesn't get hot enough to rot them down. I empty the tea bags after use: tea into the c...
by Monika
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: new built house garden - getting the soil ready for planting
Replies: 11
Views: 719

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

Welcome, Carmen, I hope you will get answers to your questions and all the help you need! Is your new garden flat or on a slope? Which direction is it, N, S, E or W? If there is a slope, you might want to put in a pond in the lowest part to drain the water of the rest, before you do anything else. P...
by Monika
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 94
Views: 3914

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

You must have had it bad, Westi. I hope you get straightened out again quickly and the wind has abated.

I think we were in the eye of the storm because our barometer was at an extremely low level (968mb) and there has been virtually no wind at all the last three days.
by Monika
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 94
Views: 3914

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

I am probably quite perverse, but I actually like this time of the year (sorry, Primrose and OH). Autumn has always been my favourite time of the year...... as a child, probably because my birthday is in autumn and now, because I can devote my time to indoor crafts and reading without feeling guilty...
by Monika
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Bay Leaves
Replies: 14
Views: 903

Re: Bay Leaves

On pruning: you can chop a bay tree back quite hard but I would do that in late spring, not now. If you are sure it IS a bay (and not a decorative laurel which could be poisonous, both are Laurus ), I find the best way to preserve the leaves is to freeze them. Just give the picked leaves a wipe with...
by Monika
Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: winter growing
Replies: 11
Views: 973

Re: winter growing

Gosh, they look healthy, Elmigo. We had to pull up all our brassicas because the cabbage white caterpillars this year just turned all the leaves into lace. Next year, they will go under a netting tunnel.

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