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Self Sufficient Gardening
Tue 29-Jun-10
9:57 am
JoannaS
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I may get the chance this next year to do something with the thyme as the problem is that here in Latvia the growing season is very short and our polytunnel was not completed early enough to start things off in trays - we haven't got a huge amount of window space. I think it might be one of those things that we start off in the polytunnel and grow outside in the summer and bring some plants inside the polytunnel to overwinter in the autumn.Wave

Sat 3-Jul-10
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Danny
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Fiona got a copy of Organic Vegetable Growing: A Practical, Authoritative Guide to Producing Nutritious and Flavourful Vegetables from Your Garden or Allotment by Robert Milne. I think she may review it at some point.

Now, I am not a gardener but I found some sections eye opening. Especially the 30 page section on Maintaining Soil Fertility. His style may be a little preachy but the subject matter is very well researched. If I were into self sufficient gardening I would want this guide. Maybe your local library can get you a copy.

The blurb says "In 2003, frustrated by the lack of information about soil in gardening books, Robert took a degree in soil science at the University of Reading."  I don't think I would go that far meself, like, but if you see it on sale grab it.

 

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Sat 3-Jul-10
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Aha - our daughter took that course for her M.Sc. in Reading, Danny.

We have our own personal knowledgeable adviser!!!!!

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Sat 3-Jul-10
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Danny
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A daughter of the soil, eh?

What a coincidence, BS Smile

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Sat 3-Jul-10
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....... and she has a large allotment - a very successful one, too.

One of her jobs was to advise owners after domestic oil spills; and even visited disused mines (I had to drive her and a colleague to one near Bristol (bell mine), after her car packed up!!).

This could involve not only reparation of the soil, but also on replanting.

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Sun 14-Jun-15
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Like the look of this one.

I am slowly increasing what I grow but want to do more. I need to get over my fear of weedkiller as really need to get one good dosing in to allow me to use more land. I have been hand weeding but the task is too big.

With the latest anti feeling towards roundup what would you recommend for dealing with general weeds?

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Sun 14-Jun-15
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Aly, husband's got a flame thrower thingy.....at our last house the garden was badly overgrown (the landlady employed a gardener....needless to say, he didn't actually do much!!).  Husband had a whale of a time playing with fire - literally - burning off large areas of weeds.  He bought it at a boot sale for a couple of quid, I think.  Perhaps P might like to have a go with one of those?  It's definitely a caveman/boys and their toys type thing!

I think I've mentioned before.....husband reaches the grand old age of 65 next year (oh my goodness, I'll be married to an old man!  eeek big_laugh big_hug ) and he's going to start cutting down his working days - he'll be doing just 3 days a week as from next year.  Our income is going to drop quite a bit, so we want to become as self sufficient as possible in the veg/fruit department.  So husband is going to dig up more of the lawn in the back garden to make more raised beds - it's only wasted space after all, as we don't sit out in the back garden, we sit in the front.

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Sun 26-Jul-15
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Speaking of roundup, Aly - I am currently staying at Fiona's for a few days. She has gone to Cambridge this afternoon to visit her mum in the nursing home. Looking at the array of stuff on her kitchen worktop, there sits a bottle of Roundup. I am surprised!

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