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  2. shiney
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    BEST SUPPLIER OF COMPOST 2019

    Yes @Verdun I'm all in favour of supporting local suppliers where I can! Less packaging and fewer transport miles = cheaper and better for the environment too!
    Yes @Verdun I'm all in favour of supporting local suppliers where I can! Less packaging and fewer transport miles = cheaper and better for the environment too!
    Yes @Verdun I'm all in favour of supporting local suppliers where I can! Less packaging and fewer transport miles = cheaper and better for the environment too!
    Yes @Verdun I'm all in favour of supporting local suppliers where I can! Less packaging and fewer transport miles = cheaper and better for the environment too!
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  3. Steve R
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    Hot Composting - The Berkeley Method

    Now there is a good idea to take on board, I really like that.Steve...:)
    Now there is a good idea to take on board, I really like that.Steve...:)
    Now there is a good idea to take on board, I really like that.Steve...:)
    Now there is a good idea to take on board, I really like that.Steve...:)
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  4. Marley Farley
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    Informative x 4

    R.H.S. .. Know your Compost...

    Thanks @JWK , No @Aldo links don't last that long but good we have an alternative.. :SUNsmile:
    Thanks @JWK , No @Aldo links don't last that long but good we have an alternative.. :SUNsmile:
    Thanks @JWK , No @Aldo links don't last that long but good we have an alternative.. :SUNsmile:
    Thanks @JWK , No @Aldo links don't last that long but good we have an alternative.. :SUNsmile:
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  5. Steve R
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    Compost mixes

    :goodpost: Great to see someone expounding the virtues of leaf mould in such an informative and useful way. Being fortunate to have massive trees we are up to our eyeballs every Autumn with leaves. It's...
    :goodpost: Great to see someone expounding the virtues of leaf mould in such an informative and useful way. Being fortunate to have massive trees we are up to our eyeballs every Autumn with leaves. It's hard work but we collect as many as we can and store them for 2 years before use. Sometimes as the...
    :goodpost: Great to see someone expounding the virtues of leaf mould in such an informative and useful way. Being fortunate to have massive trees we are up to our eyeballs every Autumn with leaves. It's hard work but we collect as many as we can and store...
    :goodpost: Great to see someone expounding the virtues of leaf mould in such an informative and useful way. Being fortunate to have massive trees we are up to our eyeballs every Autumn with leaves. It's...
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  6. shiney
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    Instructions On Composting..

    Too much wet stuff.
    Too much wet stuff.
    Too much wet stuff.
    Too much wet stuff.
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  7. al n
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    liquid based feed, what is best?

    I make homemade seaweed tea with bladderwrack collect a bin bag from my local beach give it a good wash then I spread over my lawn and go over it the my mower into a water butt month later it's...
    I make homemade seaweed tea with bladderwrack collect a bin bag from my local beach give it a good wash then I spread over my lawn and go over it the my mower into a water butt month later it's done- but man it stinks
    I make homemade seaweed tea with bladderwrack collect a bin bag from my local beach give it a good wash then I spread over my lawn and go over it the my mower into a water butt month later it's done- but man it stinks
    I make homemade seaweed tea with bladderwrack collect a bin bag from my local beach give it a good wash then I spread over my lawn and go over it the my mower into a water butt month later it's...
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  8. Marley Farley
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    About John Innes Loam based Composts..

    Its pretty good stuff, if you like to grow things in mud.:biggrin:I find it very difficult to find any real good stuff. So usually end up mixing it with multipurpose to get a reasonable texture.
    Its pretty good stuff, if you like to grow things in mud.:biggrin:I find it very difficult to find any real good stuff. So usually end up mixing it with multipurpose to get a reasonable texture.
    Its pretty good stuff, if you like to grow things in mud.:biggrin:I find it very difficult to find any real good stuff. So usually end up mixing it with multipurpose to get a reasonable texture.
    Its pretty good stuff, if you like to grow things in mud.:biggrin:I find it very difficult to find any real good stuff. So usually end up mixing it with multipurpose to get a reasonable texture.
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  10. ChilliPepper

    Is there an affordable medium for growing salad leaves, orientals etc?

    Mine neither at the moment. I did get a healthy looking root of Iris siberica 'Lavender' and a big packet of licquorice torpedos though!
    Mine neither at the moment. I did get a healthy looking root of Iris siberica 'Lavender' and a big packet of licquorice torpedos though!
    Mine neither at the moment. I did get a healthy looking root of Iris siberica 'Lavender' and a big packet of licquorice torpedos though!
    Mine neither at the moment. I did get a healthy looking root of Iris siberica 'Lavender' and a big packet of licquorice torpedos though!
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  11. ElaineTP

    Speeding up leaf composting?

    Thanks John & Mike
    Thanks John & Mike
    Thanks John & Mike
    Thanks John & Mike
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  12. Phil A
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    Making Leaf Mould

    :spinning:Lots of leaves to collect, my front is a ....
    :spinning:Lots of leaves to collect, my front is a ....
    :spinning:Lots of leaves to collect, my front is a ....
    :spinning:Lots of leaves to collect, my front is a ....
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  13. Mike77

    Composting Laburnum

    I'll be rich.
    I'll be rich.
    I'll be rich.
    I'll be rich.
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  14. andrews

    GW / Gove Plant Pot Crusade

    The breasts weighed 11oz each so each one was plenty for two when done with loads of veg etc.
    The breasts weighed 11oz each so each one was plenty for two when done with loads of veg etc.
    The breasts weighed 11oz each so each one was plenty for two when done with loads of veg etc.
    The breasts weighed 11oz each so each one was plenty for two when done with loads of veg etc.
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  15. ARMANDII

    BEST SUPPLIER OF COMPOST 2018

    Well, up to 3" inches should be fine.:dunno: Getting more life into a border will not be solved instantly with a heavy dose of compost although it is a step forward. I add used compost on the borders...
    Well, up to 3" inches should be fine.:dunno: Getting more life into a border will not be solved instantly with a heavy dose of compost although it is a step forward. I add used compost on the borders every year and it take time for it to work it's way down into the soil even with digging. Nature...
    Well, up to 3" inches should be fine.:dunno: Getting more life into a border will not be solved instantly with a heavy dose of compost although it is a step forward. I add used compost on the borders every year and it take time for it to work it's...
    Well, up to 3" inches should be fine.:dunno: Getting more life into a border will not be solved instantly with a heavy dose of compost although it is a step forward. I add used compost on the borders...
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  16. Mike Allen

    Monty Don's garden.

    I recently read Monty's book about Nigel the dog, which also gives quite a few details about the filming - yes Monty's garden and even his house has been designed or at least developed to...
    I recently read Monty's book about Nigel the dog, which also gives quite a few details about the filming - yes Monty's garden and even his house has been designed or at least developed to accommodate this, with a room/outside area which can be used to accommodate the film crew and keep them...
    I recently read Monty's book about Nigel the dog, which also gives quite a few details about the filming - yes Monty's garden and even his house has been designed or at least developed to accommodate this, with a room/outside area which can be...
    I recently read Monty's book about Nigel the dog, which also gives quite a few details about the filming - yes Monty's garden and even his house has been designed or at least developed to...
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  17. Richard O'Brien

    Rats in Compost

    Hi @Richard O'Brien and Welcome to GC, I am not sure if standing on slabs would be good as it would maybe inhibit drainage of all the juices of compost that normally go into the soil.. Maybe...
    Hi @Richard O'Brien and Welcome to GC, I am not sure if standing on slabs would be good as it would maybe inhibit drainage of all the juices of compost that normally go into the soil.. Maybe someone else will have a better idea than me.. I used to have that problem and so I now wash eggshells...
    Hi @Richard O'Brien and Welcome to GC, I am not sure if standing on slabs would be good as it would maybe inhibit drainage of all the juices of compost that normally go into the soil.. Maybe someone else will have a better idea than me.. I used...
    Hi @Richard O'Brien and Welcome to GC, I am not sure if standing on slabs would be good as it would maybe inhibit drainage of all the juices of compost that normally go into the soil.. Maybe...
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  18. kyleleonard

    My Leaf Mould

    I have massive deciduous trees and therefore it is no surprise that I have huge quantities of leaves which I collect and keep in enormous piles. Unless you are in a huge hurry there is no need at...
    I have massive deciduous trees and therefore it is no surprise that I have huge quantities of leaves which I collect and keep in enormous piles. Unless you are in a huge hurry there is no need at all the turn the heaps. I'd almost need a JCB to turn mine:). Leave the heaps uncovered or get the...
    I have massive deciduous trees and therefore it is no surprise that I have huge quantities of leaves which I collect and keep in enormous piles. Unless you are in a huge hurry there is no need at all the turn the heaps. I'd almost need a JCB to...
    I have massive deciduous trees and therefore it is no surprise that I have huge quantities of leaves which I collect and keep in enormous piles. Unless you are in a huge hurry there is no need at...
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  19. MattW

    Can I add fertiliser AND bark mulch on top?

    Ah well, that explains it. Very important to do PH test. You wont have blue and pink hydrangeas there in a year or two...in acid soil pink will turn purplish; in alkaline soil blue will colour...
    Ah well, that explains it. Very important to do PH test. You wont have blue and pink hydrangeas there in a year or two...in acid soil pink will turn purplish; in alkaline soil blue will colour towards red/purple,
    Ah well, that explains it. Very important to do PH test. You wont have blue and pink hydrangeas there in a year or two...in acid soil pink will turn purplish; in alkaline soil blue will colour towards red/purple,
    Ah well, that explains it. Very important to do PH test. You wont have blue and pink hydrangeas there in a year or two...in acid soil pink will turn purplish; in alkaline soil blue will colour...
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  20. Jack Sparrow

    Dog Hair

    All the fur from my dogs goes in here for the nesting birds. There were hundreds of them queueing up for it this year.
    All the fur from my dogs goes in here for the nesting birds. There were hundreds of them queueing up for it this year.
    All the fur from my dogs goes in here for the nesting birds. There were hundreds of them queueing up for it this year.
    All the fur from my dogs goes in here for the nesting birds. There were hundreds of them queueing up for it this year.
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  21. clanless

    Here's a thought - easy composting?

    This sounds like green manuring, which I practise on my allotment, sow a crop specifically to be dug in. I am sure it will do good to the soil.
    This sounds like green manuring, which I practise on my allotment, sow a crop specifically to be dug in. I am sure it will do good to the soil.
    This sounds like green manuring, which I practise on my allotment, sow a crop specifically to be dug in. I am sure it will do good to the soil.
    This sounds like green manuring, which I practise on my allotment, sow a crop specifically to be dug in. I am sure it will do good to the soil.
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  22. Sally Parker

    Seaweed Foliage Spray how often and better then Watering in???

    Thanks Verdun, don't think I have one of those shops near me though.
    Thanks Verdun, don't think I have one of those shops near me though.
    Thanks Verdun, don't think I have one of those shops near me though.
    Thanks Verdun, don't think I have one of those shops near me though.
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  23. Fat Controller

    Composter placement

    If you can find a sunny spot where they can sit directly on the soil and attract worms that will speed up the composting process.I've managed to hide away two 220L ones (also via the council...
    If you can find a sunny spot where they can sit directly on the soil and attract worms that will speed up the composting process.I've managed to hide away two 220L ones (also via the council and with a somewhat smaller footprint) in a sunny corner behind the shed in my small garden. They sit...
    If you can find a sunny spot where they can sit directly on the soil and attract worms that will speed up the composting process.I've managed to hide away two 220L ones (also via the council and with a somewhat smaller footprint) in a sunny...
    If you can find a sunny spot where they can sit directly on the soil and attract worms that will speed up the composting process.I've managed to hide away two 220L ones (also via the council...
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  24. Jack Sparrow

    Roof moss and gutter waste

    Right i'm with you more mate concerning soil and it being moss besides a fungus which can get out of control...that was my main concern.My hubby as just filled a bin full off our roof a week ago :)
    Right i'm with you more mate concerning soil and it being moss besides a fungus which can get out of control...that was my main concern.My hubby as just filled a bin full off our roof a week ago :)
    Right i'm with you more mate concerning soil and it being moss besides a fungus which can get out of control...that was my main concern.My hubby as just filled a bin full off our roof a week ago :)
    Right i'm with you more mate concerning soil and it being moss besides a fungus which can get out of control...that was my main concern.My hubby as just filled a bin full off our roof a week ago :)
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  25. JJ28

    Liquid feed

    Coming to this rather late in the day, I agree with the recommendations to improve the soil before feeding the plant, but do make a simplified version of this Making Compost Teas. See How to make...
    Coming to this rather late in the day, I agree with the recommendations to improve the soil before feeding the plant, but do make a simplified version of this Making Compost Teas. See How to make Liquid Soluble Fertilizer from Manure, Comfrey and more. during the summer. Plants in pots and...
    Coming to this rather late in the day, I agree with the recommendations to improve the soil before feeding the plant, but do make a simplified version of this Making Compost Teas. See How to make Liquid Soluble Fertilizer from Manure, Comfrey and...
    Coming to this rather late in the day, I agree with the recommendations to improve the soil before feeding the plant, but do make a simplified version of this Making Compost Teas. See How to make...
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  26. JJ28

    Is it still ok?

    Agree with Nigel, Liquid seaweed is great but again short term. I use the wool pellets as a mulch against slugs, apparently it feeds the soil as well.
    Agree with Nigel, Liquid seaweed is great but again short term. I use the wool pellets as a mulch against slugs, apparently it feeds the soil as well.
    Agree with Nigel, Liquid seaweed is great but again short term. I use the wool pellets as a mulch against slugs, apparently it feeds the soil as well.
    Agree with Nigel, Liquid seaweed is great but again short term. I use the wool pellets as a mulch against slugs, apparently it feeds the soil as well.
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  27. ChilliPepper

    Alternative to peat for John Innes mixes

    Sorry, but there are no alternatives to @pete :heehee:
    Sorry, but there are no alternatives to @pete :heehee:
    Sorry, but there are no alternatives to @pete :heehee:
    Sorry, but there are no alternatives to @pete :heehee:
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  28. Irmemac

    Mouldy Compost?

    IMO commercially produced compost is now big, big business. More than likely most of us gardeners first contact with 'compost' might have been some outdoor container in which the dining table...
    IMO commercially produced compost is now big, big business. More than likely most of us gardeners first contact with 'compost' might have been some outdoor container in which the dining table left overs went, also the kitchen waste.. Do you remember the smell when you disturbed it. The the...
    IMO commercially produced compost is now big, big business. More than likely most of us gardeners first contact with 'compost' might have been some outdoor container in which the dining table left overs went, also the kitchen waste.. Do you...
    IMO commercially produced compost is now big, big business. More than likely most of us gardeners first contact with 'compost' might have been some outdoor container in which the dining table...
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  29. silu

    Jack's Magic absolutely soaking wet

    I have three water barrels outside of my greenhouse that I've connected up together with a hose running into my greenhouse with a tap on the end. I fill up my watering cans with it and leave them...
    I have three water barrels outside of my greenhouse that I've connected up together with a hose running into my greenhouse with a tap on the end. I fill up my watering cans with it and leave them in there to warm up.
    I have three water barrels outside of my greenhouse that I've connected up together with a hose running into my greenhouse with a tap on the end. I fill up my watering cans with it and leave them in there to warm up.
    I have three water barrels outside of my greenhouse that I've connected up together with a hose running into my greenhouse with a tap on the end. I fill up my watering cans with it and leave them...
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