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  • in reply to: Comfrey, nettles and seaweed: Mulch, compost or tea? #70699

    charles
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    Hello Mr Bean

    Yes both methods work, but mulching with leaves has a slower effect in terms of feeding, and is less smelly!
    You can make a feed without smell by packing leaves tight in a bucket or pot with a hole, suspended over another bucket. Add no water. Black liquid seeps out and is odurless.
    Simpler to mulch but there may then be slugs.

    in reply to: Cucumber fruits failing #70694

    charles
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    Simon this is strange, possibly under watering but presumably you watered similarly in previous years. Presumably same spacing of plants.
    Removing sideshoots is normal when growing them upwards.

    in reply to: Bindweed!!!!! #70688

    charles
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    Only 5!!!!!
    Yes take out all boards, much easier.
    Don’t lay membrane with soil/compost on top, kills soil life.
    Bindweed season finishes soon so reflect over winter.
    Lat card next spring between wide-spaced plants. Gives time to pull the rest.
    Or cover whole plot on top with polythene, then plant potatoes and squash.

    in reply to: Freezing French Beans #70687

    charles
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    Brilliant tip!


    charles
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    A shame Jacqui and they won’t regrow from being put back in the soil, having lost 90%+ of their roots.
    And it’s too late to sow again unless you are in southern Europe perhaps, or Florida!

    in reply to: #70676

    charles
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    Alexandr this is a gardening website so I am removing your comment.

    in reply to: Flea beetle and plantings #70675

    charles
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    Jd still just possible to plant those, asap.
    Yes even here we had them, way more than usual. Thanks for your description.

    I found that June plantings survived better than July planted, smaller brassicas at the time of max. insects in late July.

    in reply to: No Dig potatoes #70674

    charles
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    Al I am not agiaist earthing up, only advise against doing it unless you see green spuds.
    So yes, add compost to those, they can still grow.
    You can use green ones for seed.
    Not sure which varieties push up most.

    in reply to: Weeds from allotment paths – any ideas? #70649

    charles
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    No easy answer here, but long handled shears are my tool of choice, eve3ry 2-3 weeks. and they are easier to use when there is a drop.
    A wooden barrier seems not worth it + would hold slugs.
    Gewynleg a 10cm drop suggests a big loss of soil on your plat.

    in reply to: Setting up no dig – planting through cardboard? #70643

    charles
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    If it were not for the marestail Nicola, I would say no need for cardboard.
    However it will reduce its rise until next year.
    If you are as dry as here, I would wet the cardboard before putting compost on top. Your leeks will pass through it by about end September.
    I wish you well with that.

    in reply to: Compost Between Plantings? #70642

    charles
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    Sausage no need for new compost, see FAQ’s no. 28

    in reply to: Is manure alone ok to plant in? #70638

    charles
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    Good answers here and the question should read:
    Is compost made from horse manure alone ok to plant in?
    The manure word is highly confusing as people use it for both fresh and decomposed.
    It’s absolutely fine to sow and plant into the latter and as you suspect, there is no need for complicated layers and mixes of different composts/soil/vermiculite/peat etc which one sees recommended, often in bizarrely precise amounts!
    Sometimes with old but rather lumpy manure, a sack of potting compost on top gives a smoother layer for planting, and it’s easier to look after small seedlings.

    in reply to: Supporting Raspberries #70637

    charles
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    Derek I think it’s because summer canes are indeed taller, and heavy cropping, so risk blowing around and damaging fruit, in summer.
    They can be grown without tying in but quality would suffer a little, it’s up to you.

    in reply to: Mustards – spacings #70636

    charles
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    It’s early for mustards Paul, yours my suffer flea beetle damage and earlier flowering than from sowings in early August – I would sow again in 2-3 weeks.
    Space as for all salad leaves 22cm/9in.

    in reply to: Remin Rock Dust #70635

    charles
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    Exactly, no consensus at all.
    Most worthwhile for anyone whose plant growth is below par, for no obvious reason.
    Or if you are looking perhaps for some extra quality of growth and mineral content.

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