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by JohnN
Sun Jun 10, 2007 3:24 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Dumping weed seeds
Replies: 12
Views: 3507

Dumping weed seeds

I've always found that putting weeds dug up from the veg garden on to my compost heap results in an even bigger weed crop when the compost is used the next year. (Presumably because they don't rot and "die" properly). But, hurrah, our local Council, for £12 a year, provides a garden waste ...
by JohnN
Sun Jun 10, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Early blight in potatoes
Replies: 6
Views: 2416

early blight on spuds

I've also had the same 'blight' on the earlies (Foremost)I grow in pots. The one I've tried to date has produced OK tubers, however.
John N
by JohnN
Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:47 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Foxy antics
Replies: 2
Views: 1202

Foxy antics

Thought you folk might be amused by an incident my wife and I watched in our garden yesterday (Sunday). Our two local foxes, a dog and a vixen, came onto the lawn and did their usual cabaret of treating it like their own private amusement park, crapping on the lettuce patch, romping on the radishes ...
by JohnN
Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Cleaning washing machine door seals
Replies: 4
Views: 1416

Cleaning washing machine door seals

Hi all Rubber door seals on our AEG clothes washer have accumulated black mould which won't rub off with usual wiping. Clothes sometimes get 'black marks' on them. Probably caused because we don't often use a very hot wash, but can anyone suggest a product to remove it? Local Tescos sells Dettox mou...
by JohnN
Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Plant-friendly preservative
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Plant-friendly preservative

Is there on the market a weood preservative that does not repel climbing plants, such as Virginia Creeper or Runner Beans? I find they won't go near tanelised timber, or frames with creosote, spirit preservative etc. Thanks
John N
by JohnN
Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:18 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Runner beans -location
Replies: 2
Views: 1411

Runner beans -location

As part of a veg garden reorganisation I plan to move my runner bean trench. Can anyone please advise on whether beans need lots of sun, or are they OK in a shady spot? My bean supports are canes which are fixed up on both sides of a horizontal plank, supported by a post at each end.
Thanks
John N
by JohnN
Sun Aug 27, 2006 3:22 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Vegetable cage
Replies: 3
Views: 2826

Vegetable cage

This year I’ve been totally fed up with losing most of my young vegetables, from beans to beetroots, to ravaging hoards of sparrows, aided and abetted by a flock of pigeons. I plan to try and enclose my 15 x 10ft salad and bean plot in a “cage”. Not being able to afford a proper metal fruit cage-typ...

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