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by Green Aura
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 6
Views: 51

Re: Recycling compost?

Do your worst you simply cannot kill tomato seeds. Oh crivens, yes! We've had them sprout in places we couldn't imagine. Having said that, we usually leave them - any additional tomato plants always welcome. It's that other nightshade, the spud, that drives me wild sprouting where they're not wante...
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 6
Views: 51

Re: Recycling compost?

Having used it for a season though there should be some living organisms, shouldn't there? I don't know how much it matters. As long as your soil is full of the good stuff I'm sure you can get away with your compost. I'm not sure it would last for ever more. There'll ba a lot less comes out than wen...
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Tomatoes and chillies.

I have, however, made several pots of low carb jam from cheap seasonal fruit.
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 6
Views: 51

Re: Recycling compost?

Would overwintering outside kill the blight spores? I'm not very knowledgeable about blight. We've never had it! Not even in sunny Manchester. I think we're too far north here. I'm more concerned about what else you'd kill, microwaving it. All the beneficial bacteria etc wouldn't survive either pres...
by Green Aura
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Summer's coming
Replies: 41
Views: 2970

Re: Summer's coming

Not here it hasn't. :(
by Green Aura
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Making natural cosmetics book
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Making natural cosmetics book

Good stuff. I've been making my own toiletries for years. I find, over the years, they've got simpler. These days I use oil (coconut/olive), aloe vera and essential oils for pretty much everything!
by Green Aura
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 56
Views: 7185

Re: What are you growing right now?

I don't see a problem getting kits, especially if you're new to doing something and want to give it a try. My daughter bought me one a few years back - growing coffee on spent coffee grounds. It was good fun. Unfortunately we haven't had as much success without the kit!
by Green Aura
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish in 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1566

Re: Self sufficientish in 2019

Well, if you can't get out in the garden, winding up the Town Council seems like a fun alternative. :lol:

It doesn't sound like you're winding things down Flo, just finding new things to do - better things by the sound of it.
by Green Aura
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Crop Rotation
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: Crop Rotation

I think the Curcubit family have such varied growing conditions, Weedo, it's quite difficult to fit. The big umbrellas, like courgettes, take up a lot of space all round but cucumbers and melons climb and other squash trail. You can happily plant a squash, or pumpkin in your compost heap, as long as...
by Green Aura
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Crop Rotation
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: Crop Rotation

Not entirely, Bernard. Some crops, for example brassicas, are susceptible to diseases if grown in the same area each year. In the case of brassicas that would be clubroot. If you get that you can't grow brassicas in thast area again for years. Also, rotating crops enables you to add different nutrie...
by Green Aura
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish in 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1566

Re: Self sufficientish in 2019

I suppose it might house a reasonable-sized Shetland pony. :lol:
by Green Aura
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Crop Rotation
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: Crop Rotation

Crikey, I'm not sure if my system is the same as 10 years ago. I use a fairly simple four year rotation. However, what we can grow up in our cold, rainy area is very different to your hot, dry one, so how much use it'll be is anyone's guess. :lol: At its simplest a Spring manuring > spuds (this coul...
by Green Aura
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: RAIN !!
Replies: 27
Views: 4398

Re: RAIN !!

We're just waterlogged and cold. :shaking: In the winter we move our potted fruit trees out of the wind. At the end of April we moved them to their summer home and a couple of the pear trees have since got severe wind burn on their leaves. It's looking like we'll get our third, or is it fourth, summ...
by Green Aura
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish in 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1566

Re: Self sufficientish in 2019

Sounds like a good plan, Flo. We're still in the process of converting my ex-therapy room into a greenhouse-ish affair. It is SW facing and has long windows - nearly 3m wide in total and gets full sun from about 10-11am to sunset. It used to be obscured by the lean-to bin/wood store roof, but when t...
by Green Aura
Mon May 27, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: is there hope for this rose
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: is there hope for this rose

I might be a bit late for pruning. The brown stem looks to be dead so you can cut that back with no harm, it's just cosmetic really. My understanding (from watching my Dad) is that you prune in October, to prevent wind rock in winter, and March or April, to make it a better shape. However, it's in s...