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dpack



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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 18 2:11 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

blood,fish and bone is pretty good for top dressing , rake it in and water it.

keep it off the leaves

longer term mixture at suitable dilutions

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 18 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks DPack.

Slim



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 18 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Feeding the soil will be the best approach long term, but when you need a little fertility boost, you can always whizz in a bottle and fill with water to dilute for a liquid feed that moves toward closing open nutrient cycles

http://richearthinstitute.org/

These folks are doing good work on a large-ish scale, but of course your own private scale doesn't necessarily require the same concerns, as you'll have a better sense of what's being "produced"

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 18 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheers for that Slim.

I'd read somewhere a few years ago about peeing on your compost heap to help it along.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 18 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Worm compost and the liquid from a wormery are also useful, as are nettle and various other brews, but they do stink rather.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 18 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well I'll be setting up three compost bins MR but I guess it will be a while before one of those are ready, so I was after something that I can water in for my planted veg.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 18 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sgt.colon wrote:
I'd read somewhere a few years ago about peeing on your compost heap to help it along.


Doesn't hurt, & you've got to pee somewhere... How much it helps the process, I couldn't say, but I assume it adds nitrate to the finished product.

More generally, I find it good to start at a corner, get that right and expand from there.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 18 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nettle brew can be made quite quickly, so if you have nettles, rather than trying to compost the tops and burn the roots, rot them down in water and use the resulting brew. As far as I recall, it has to be diluted to the colour of weak tea, but you can check on that on the internet.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 18 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thought I'd give you guys an update on how my allotment is coming on.

I've planted runners, beetroot and sweetcorn. I've finally got myself a bucket to be able to drown roots, which on that note, do I just drown the roots or can I do the whole plant? I've got a greenhouse I need to go and pick up, which I should be doing next month. Still no shed yet though. I'm hoping one comes up on Freecycle soon.




jema
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 18 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looking good

Shan



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 18 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks brilliant. Well done.

Slim



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 18 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You haven't finished the topiaries yet?

Looking good!

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 18 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 18 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks as if it is going well. I tend to try to dry roots out by putting them on top of something so they can't get the soil. In the interests of having room, I would just put the roots in a bucket to drown them.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 18 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you all.

Thanks MR, I'll just go roots only. I'm busy trying to get as much horsemare root out as I can at the minute. What a laborious task it is.

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