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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2021 10:49 
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Have you tried putting a good layer of brown materials on top and leaving it for a week?

Is it a lidded ‘dalek’ type, or open?

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2021 10:59 
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I will look at a good layer of brown material... is that cardboard?

It is a dalek one. a little black one :)

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2021 11:40 
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I keep wanting to spray mine silver and stick a plunger to its side :D

Yep, brown cardboard boxes (torn up into small pieces), or if you ever have Amazon packaging the rough brown paper that they use as padding is even better. Scrunch it into balls to allow air in.

Straw, woodchop, well broken branches also work (though wood breaks down slower) and a lot of people use scrunched newspaper though I’m always a bit weary because of ink… though apparently the use of problematic inks has long since passed, but for some reason I always avoid it.

1/3 of the stuff in your compost bin should be ‘brown’ materials, which aids the breakdown and stops it turning into smelly slurry. I also have a composting enzyme that you add a little to a watering can of water to wet the pile.

Grass is an odd one in that if you add the fresh clippings it is green, but if you wait for it to dry and turn brown it is brown.

I realise that I’ve just said that green is green and brown is brown, but you know what I mean :nerd:

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Cheers, I will do that with the paper in the amazon boxes. I will look at compost enzyme.

and Brown grass :P


Thanks for the tips

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2021 12:21 
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Cheers, I will do that with the paper in the amazon boxes. I will look at compost enzyme.

and Brown grass :P


Thanks for the tips



This is the one we use, but there are plenty of others available https://evengreener.com/be-green-500ml- ... r-biot5010

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2021 14:31 
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Cheers, I will do that with the paper in the amazon boxes. I will look at compost enzyme.

and Brown grass :P


Thanks for the tips



This is the one we use, but there are plenty of others available https://evengreener.com/be-green-500ml- ... r-biot5010


Thanks Mimi xx

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2021 15:12 
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Grew some tomatoes


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Totally distracted by the rocky road. :D

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Totally distracted by the rocky road. :D


It is a protein shake. Very very nom nom

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2021 17:15 
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They look like perfectly perfect tomatoes, Kov!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 11:22 
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I haven’t posted any of our later veg. We have had more tomatoes than is necessary for a family to have in a lifetime or more, but we were lucky as blight hit a week or so ago, so I harvested any tomatoes not affect Ted and ripened them in the front porch, and they all came out great. My freezer now has more pasta sauce and passata than you’d believe, but we use a lot of it, so that’s fine, and you really can taste the difference to an incredible degree.

Today we went out for some carrots for a carrot cake and I said we’d pull up a parsnip or two. I picked a spot in the mass of leaves and started pulling and my goodness, parsnips put up a fight! Eventually managed to free this thing. It’s 998g (2.2lb)


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wow that is huge...

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 12:00 
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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
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Looking at the ‘shoulders’ of the rest they all look to be about the same, and I sowed so many. Haha! At least they store well in the ground and can stay there for the frosts (which sweetens them). Then I’ll pull them and prep them for freezing, otherwise I’ll never get them out once the ground freezes proper.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
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I’m absolutely chuffed to bits with what we’ve done in the garden today. On the right side of the far end of the garden we had three pallet collar beds (each 1x1.2m). They’ve been amazing this year, and I’d say the only downsides were that I wanted more raised beds (we do have more on the left side of the garden, but I wanted more still… I’ve got the bug), and it was difficult mowing between them.

The other day it struck me that if we could pull the pins from the hinges we could swing the 1m sides out to join them together. We could have just moved them so that they sat end to end, but this would then gain us the 1m sides, giving us another 2m to grow in. We did it today, and I love it. There is 4.4m single height and 1.2m double height and it’s great. I want to do the same with the ones on the left in a few weeks, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
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Oh fab - great idea!

I bought some of the pallet collars in the end but with the dog and everything else haven't gotten round to even putting soil in mine yet. The dog is a digger too (exactly as feared) so I need to come up with some sort of chicken wire lid solution, or something like that. I also have them stacked three-high for now. Definitely want to get back into it properly next year, have missed pottering about in the garden.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 15:52 
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It’s really easy to do. You can knock the pins in the hinges through with a hammer and something long and thin then just join the hinges of two collars together with the same pin.

We don’t have a digging dog, but we do have a fox and badgers that like a good dig around. They tend to leave things alone once there are established plants inside, but until then it’s dig city,

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2021 10:06 
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I use those, after your recommendation.

Might put another layer on next year.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2021 10:11 
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Depending on how your space is they can look great ‘stepped’ (so a 2 deep with a one deep in front of it ,touching, or even a 3, 2, 1 step. Depending on where the sun hits it can be very practical, too, so that crops in the higher beds at the back get more chance of sun. I’ll see if I can find an example of what I’m poorly explaining.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
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I think I get what you mean, put a smaller frame on the larger frame, to have different heights.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2021 10:14 
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That kind of thing. You can either use a smaller one on top of a larger one (as long as one of the dimensions matches) but also a double behind a single, like this:


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Cool.. I will have a think for next year.

Is there an app to help to plan the growing stuff..

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One of the best sites I’ve found by way of planning timings, etc, is here: https://www.gardenfocused.co.uk/adjust-dates-uk.php

You pop in your town and it will adjust all of the frost dates and relative planting/sowing times to coincide with your local conditions. Then you can read in detail about each crop type and even select all those you are interested in growing and print out an annual calendar of all the things you could be doing, week by week.

I also use the veggie garden planner app that lets you plan things bed by bed. It gives you all of the relative spacing for your crops and also pant relationships (so which plants make good or bad neighbours, therefore minimising pest and disease risk and highlighting beneficial crop neighbours). There is a very small fee to unlock the rest of the vegetable crops in the app, but I’d say it was very much worth it. https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/veggie-ga ... 1329927332

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
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Sounds very useful! Thanks Mimi - will investigate.

I need to start planning what to put in now to get spring colour.


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