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Worm Tea - Natural Fertiliser

Started by Lucia Oct 30, 2011. 0 Replies

Hi Gardeners! I do vermicomposting and have plenty of Worm Tea from my composting bin for free. Anyone interested please let me know. In rainy day it is about 1 litre per day. It needs to be diluted…Continue

herb walk

Started by Niki Lawrence. Last reply by Niki Lawrence May 21, 2011. 4 Replies

Hi everyoneNice to chat with other people keen on plants. I am a medical herbalist and teach botany and materia medica. I am giving a free herb walk in Hatherop Park on Saturday 25th June 2011 as…Continue

Balcony Container Gardener

Started by Johanna O'Keeffe. Last reply by Johanna O'Keeffe May 20, 2011. 1 Reply

Help, I have 6 plants in a steel bucket. The leaves are just starting to go brown from the bottom and thats fine. But how often should I be watering it?Continue

Allotment help?

Started by Valerie Morey. Last reply by Sarah Lovely Buns Feb 4, 2011. 5 Replies

NEED TO WEED>>>I am a keen gardener without a garden and live near the allotments on CHURCH STREET. I look longingly in between the bars of the gates as I pass on my walks. So, in an attempt…Continue

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Comment by paul johnston on January 1, 2010 at 12:32
I am not a great gardener - in fact, I am better at the destructive parts of gardening - but I enjoy it and would be very happy to share things with other local people. Certainly some advice won't go amiss! I just need to brave the cold to take a picture or two and then you can tell me what you think.
Comment by Clive on January 1, 2010 at 18:33
I am nowhere near a great or knowledgeable gardener, but I do like to potter, and we have a little garden with various trees/shrubs, a pond and a small raised bed where I try to grow a few veggies (as long as I can keep the darned neighbourhoods cats off it!). I used to have an allotment in Bushy Park (Hampton Wick end) until we moved to Hampton, so I do know a fair bit about growing veggies. I have been on the waiting list at Hatherop Road allotments for some time - fingers crossed I get a plot this year, as I miss my old one.
Comment by Trevor Allan on January 2, 2010 at 17:44
I would be grateful for some tips on improving my garden which suffers from two main problems: dry soil (ie, very well-drained) and shade (under a large flowering cherry tree and behind 3 hydrangias). What I need are plants/flowers which will grow in these conditions - any thoughts.



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Comment by Amanda Hunt on January 3, 2010 at 11:37
Re cat problems...try 'Silent Roar'...pellets soaked in lion's dung (yes really) which you sprinkle around your border to make cats think that a larger one has set out it's territory, so to speak....! It is billed as a feritilizer but can be found with other anti cat, slug, bugs etc products in most garden centres. And it is perfectly safe.
Comment by Clive on January 3, 2010 at 12:23

Thanks, I did use that last year on our borders, and the shingle in our front garden. Does seem to work, as long as it's reapplied after prolonged rainfall.

I resorted to constructing a net 'cage' around my raised bed, as the ultimate deterrent to both feline and avian thieves and vandals, and that has worked so far, despite being a bit of a faff to access for weeding etc.

HPN Team
Comment by Amanda Hunt on January 3, 2010 at 12:25
Ah yes...I forgot to mention the rain effect...but that would apply to most deterrants other than cages!

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Comment by paul johnston on April 5, 2010 at 16:00
my wife and I checked out today, but were not that impressed. Its large and busy and the prices were better than Squires (which is not too difficult) but nothing very exciting.
Comment by Clive on April 6, 2010 at 7:56
Any garden centre with "Scented Candles" as the first item on it's homepage puts me right off! I want plants and folk who know about them, not wicker and candles. Sadly fairly unlikely these days.

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Comment by paul johnston on April 6, 2010 at 8:27
Best place I have ever been to is: Unfortunately, however, they only supply wholesale. I managed to go there via the landscaping company that were redoing my garden, but would love to go back again!
Comment by Clive on August 8, 2010 at 12:37
Finally!! After a long wait I am now the proud owner of 2.5 rods of grass and weeds at the Hatherop Road allotments! I used to have a plot over in the Royal Paddock allotments in Hampton Wick, but gave it up when we moved to Hampton.

It needs quite a bit of work, but it nowhere hear as bad as my last plot was when I took it over - that was waist high in dense brambles. About half of this one should be usable with only minor digging. Also got to create a path (out of slabs if I can source them free/cheap, or something else if not). Also on the shopping list is an incinerator and compost bin, and later on a shed. Gotta have a shed.

About time I blew the dust off my old allotment blog as well. Or start a new one. I doubt it's of much interest to anyone else but at the very least gives me a record of what I did, when, why, and whether it worked!

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