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sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 18 10:18 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Frewen and Fee,

I will be sitting down this weekend and planning out my plot. Not sure what I'm going to get in there first. Someone easy I think whilst I get it up and running. I'm going to go with DPacks idea of one bed at a time. I would like to do beetroot and some lettuce I think. Some garlic later in the year. There are some free large blue tubs about so some carrots as well I think.

At some point I'd like to get a small greenhouse on there for toms and chilli's.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6005
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 18 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here are a couple of photos of my little plot. Apparently it hadn't been used for 15 years up to last year when a lady took it on but then gave it up.




gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1614
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 18 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just cover all of it as soon as you can, then dig where you want and cover again till you want to sow your seeds or plant out plants you have grown at home or bought in. Weeding is such a back breaking job, and when you are on top of it, it is usually just hoeing to maintain the ground with minimal weeds-you will never get rid of them all however you try! Remember that the more you dig the more weed seeds you will bring to the surface to germinate!
MOST IMPORTANT-"Always have a can of lubricant with you, for that moment when you need to reflect-well at least 2 cans, as you may need refreshment on the way there as well as on the way back" Take 3 to be safe.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6005
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 18 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for that Gregotyn, I'll get down in the next couple of weeks and get it all covered before I start. Maybe I should just take a crate down.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
Posts: 8685
Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 18 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

might be worth looking at the no-dig gardening method


not to be confused with no work! - but with free compost deliveries could be good,

Fee



Joined: 21 Mar 2005
Posts: 15902
Location: Surrey Heath
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 18 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks great, sgt.colon! That's going to be such a nice place to spend your time come later in spring and summer, with those trees! Nice path, too!

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6005
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 18 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I got my first bed weeded and turned over this weekend. There are now runners and beetroot in there.

Is there a general food that people would recommend watering on to it?

Thanks.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 33718
Location: yes
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



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 18 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks DPack.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 5184
Location: New England (In the US of A)
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



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6005
Location: Just south of north.
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



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 9622

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



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
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



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
Posts: 14921
Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
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



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 9622

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.

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