Posts Tagged ‘composting’

How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 2)


So to continue... Spring Onions... As I said in the part 1 we love our onions.  As well as the normal onions I also have a small bed of multiplying onions - like a spring onion but a bit smaller. I originally planted a few bunches of two or three onions and they soon turned into huge bunches of tall tasty onions which are ideal in stews and soups. They have a totally different taste to normal onions. I dig up a portion of a bunch when required by driving a spade through the bunch and replacing some soil to fill the void!! When the whole bunch has been used I replant a small bunch of 2-5 and in not time they will be ready for eating as well. This way one only needs a square meter or so in the garden for theses.  They over-winter without any problem and jump back into growing mode i

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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 1)


Wow - I was quite astounded when I added the quantities of veg that I grew on my allotment last season.. I grew 588 kg. on 165 sq. mt.   My Harvest 2013 After seeing the price of runner beans in town I decided to do a harvest record just to see how much I have grown and priced at supermarket prices.. Some estimates are on the lower side!! Strawberries 40kg = 88punnet @ £2.50 = £225 Broadbeans 6kg @ £1.80 per kg = £11 Peas 6kg @ £2 = £12 Potatoes 90kg @ £1 = £90 Gemsquash 130 @ 50p = £65 Runner beans 31kg @ 6.67 = £207 Courgettes 20kg @ £1.60 = £32 Squashes loads +/- 12 @ £1 = £12 Hubbard squash 4 large @ £4 = £16 Acorn squash 21 @ £1 + £21 Pumpkin 1 @ 2kg @ £2 = £2 Beetroot +/- 25 kg @ £3.3 = £83 Garlic 80 large bulbs @ 50p = £40 Onions 450 @ 2

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Home-made “Black Gold”

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender December 23, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 2 Comments

Today is one of the first days I have had a chance to get into my home garden due to work and rain.. So i’m making the most of it and getting some compost ready for potting my seeds this season. Home made compost is one of the best things you can do in a very small space at the back of the garden shed etc.. I have 2 dalek type bins plonked half under a huge fir hedge behind my greenhouse and they don’t get much sunlight at all. But they still make great compost. See my article on Composting here. I basically throw anything that can degrade into it and a year later its done. I hardly ever mix or turn it.    I don’t have much manoeuvring space so I have a short spade to dig the compost out of the bottom door, then into an old recycling bin and then taken to the potting s

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Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender December 11, 2012 Posted Tags: Comment 3 Comments

Don't be too fussy for your composting materials.. (It may be wrong but it works for me and makes a good compost) At home my 2 dalek type compost bins just get manure, grass cuttings, shredded paper, vacuum cleaner contents, a bit of cardboard now and then, kitchen peelings (not from any blighted spuds), tea bags, egg shells, leafy hedge clippings, spent flowers, leaves, a bit of old soil and roots from pulled flowers etc. and a dash of fertilizer (occasionally). When I cut up and tidy my veg tops from the plot they all go into the bin as well. Basically anything compostable goes in to it. You are supposed supposed to turn it at least once a month or you can just aerate it by prodding through it wih steel rods to create air-holes.. but I normally forget and it still seems to work alb

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Composting guide

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 10, 2012 Posted Tags: Comment No Comments

If you have a large plot or a small garden you can easily turn some of your waste into compost. I read somewhere that 30% of household waste can be composted. It is great for the environment and your plants will love the improved soil what your homemade compost will provide. On the plot it is the best to have four pallets secured to form an open square bin. This will make sure that worms and other useful organisms can get into your compost bin easily. You can add vegetable and fruit peels, don't add a large amount of citrus fruit waste though as it can deter worms. Tea bags can go in there too, avoid any meaty stuff though. Grass clippings and weeds before they flower are a good bet too but make sure you break the weeds up a bit so they don't start growing in your heap. The above items

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