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by Barry
Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Bindweed in a woodchip pile
Replies: 3
Views: 1705

Bindweed in a woodchip pile

At our allotment, we have a huge pile of woodchip that has been sitting around for ages for want of something to do with it. Now that we have found something -woodchip over carpet to provide all-weather paths around each of the plots- it appears we cannot use the damn stuff as it has become riddled ...
by Barry
Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:51 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: wood for raised beds
Replies: 10
Views: 7333

Hi Chris, Sorry, I don't have as much time as I used to so can't spend hours and hours discussing vegetables on the forum. To date, I have just dipped in and out a couple of times. As a result, I don't have any strong opinions. I didn't think too much of the old Forum, which was slow, kept going wro...
by Barry
Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:57 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: wood for raised beds
Replies: 10
Views: 7333

I have always raided roadside skips for old timber with which to make my raised beds. Forunately, there have been a lot of loft conversions around here and some wonderful roof joists have been available. These are extremely thick and last ages. However, I recently fished a significant number of roof...
by Barry
Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:32 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Johnboy knows his brassicas!!
Replies: 0
Views: 1571

Johnboy knows his brassicas!!

Earlier this year, I posted a question on the Forum pertaining to bed preparation for brassicas. I basically asked whether it was possible to both lime and manure a bed simultaneously. I had always been led to believe that these were two contrary actions. However, Johnboy pointed out that he often d...
by Barry
Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:26 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Self-seting parsnips
Replies: 4
Views: 2062

Self-seting parsnips

I let one of last winter's parsnips go to seed and have watched the subsequent seed be blown all over neighbouring beds. I just wanted to see what would happen. As you all probably know, parsnips have a mind of their own. Whenever you plant them in specially looked after beds, they either never germ...

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