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General Chat Thread, Garden 2012 in General; Originally Posted by nephilim Have you checked the PH level of your soil? If you have a fish tank, use ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Have you checked the PH level of your soil? If you have a fish tank, use the water from there to water your crops as it is full of nitrates and minerals which help promote healthy growth.
    No I haven't done that. I do wonder about the soil as nothing is growing very large! Don't have a fish tank. May look at digging in some general fertiliser over winter.

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    @pcstru thanks there are some great ideas there. Didn't realise I could start off onions and garlic now. Though I may end up with enough garlic to supply most of East Anglia!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    @jedmondson - Brilliant - Thanks for sharing that. Almost wish I had an allotment but I know it would be far to much work for me.
    @Little-Miss - That was probably the best it looked all year! Unfortunately work on the 'man cave' is wreaking havock over a large swathe of garden.
    We are going to be putting in some stuff over the weekend including putting in a new bed so there should be some more video's / photos soon.

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    It's beautiful! Hedgehog friendly, just how I like it!

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    A bad year here too - no raspberries or gooseberries - the sweetcorn is NOW growing - too late. Got a few peas and a bit of salad off the patio.
    Worst thing is the apples - there aren't any! I make apple jelly every year - started doing it years ago because of the glut we had every year. Sadly I dont think I will be making any for the first time in 20 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    John...if possible. Keep a duck or a chicken. They'll demolish those slugs and snails no problem. Our neighbours duck has free reign in our garden and our harvest has been decent because there's been no critters going at our fruit and veg.
    Unfortunately we also have a major fox population locally (nearby railway line doesn't help) so free range poultry is a big no no.

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    I know that this thread is a bit old but did not feel like starting a new thread for this - a video of our allotment.

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    Major activity this year ....... will be ........ A SHED!!!!!!

    Every man should have a shed ...... always had one in previous houses but only just getting round (getting permission from S.W.M.B.O.) here.

    Yipee!!!!

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    Ha, we said we'd get one last year..but we've replanned. Where the last owners had a shed, we're going to locate the rabbit/g-pig. Then where the odd little flowerbed/rosebushes etc are, the bed measure 6x4..which is quite a happy co-incidence..

    This year,maybe.

    Already started the replanting, weeding the raised beds, and filling the tyre wall with plants. Must get more tyres too.

    Need to tidy up the front garden and get some load-spreading mesh, as the car parks on the gravel and is now listing rather amusingly where it has sunk over the winter. Also another water butt is required.

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