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Post by Ploshkin on 24th October 2019, 9:31 pm

Gosh, you've worked really hard there Freebird but it's satisfying to do a job and see a result. I'm getting rid of some of my raised beds for my fruit cage. I had used 6"x2" boards and they are just starting to rot after 19 years so i think I've had good use out of them. I'm hoping to get my frame up but leave the netting until the spring.
What size is your cage?

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Post by freebird on 25th October 2019, 8:17 am

My cage is 3 x 4.5 metres, Ploshkin.
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Post by Ploshkin on 25th October 2019, 8:42 am

That's useful to know, thanks. Mine is 4 x 4.5 so it gives me a good idea of what I can fit in. I was going to try lingonberries under the blueberries. I thought about cranberries first but it seems that lingonberries are a type of cranberry and crop better.
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Post by FloBear on 29th October 2019, 1:06 pm

Well impressed by your stupendous efforts, freebird and glad for you that you were rewarded with good weather long enough to get your fruit planted.
I have Red Kite envy.
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Post by Dandelion on 4th November 2019, 12:14 pm

freebird wrote:The no-dig has hit a bit of a setback in that I don't know where my compost is to come from. I really don't have enough space to store uncomposted  or semi-composted manure, and not found anywhere so far that can supply the sort of thing I had before at a reasonable price. I brought with me my 6 remaining sacks of mulch, and am using them sparingly by mulching only round the plants and not the whole bed .


If you don't mind travelling over the border to Herefordshire, our waste /recycling sites sell soil improver (made from the green material put in the skips at the sites). Last time I bought some it was only £2 a sack. Apparently they are not allowed to sell it as 'compost' but it does meet all the EU standards for commercial compost. (I went on a trip round the site where they produce it when I trained as a Master Composter!!)

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Post by freebird on 4th November 2019, 1:48 pm

Ooh Dandelion, thank you. But do you have to be resident in Herefordshire? I would need to cost it out to include fuel for the trip, but it sounds as if it may be the answer.
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Post by Chilli-head on 6th November 2019, 9:08 pm

Could you borrow DL for an afternoon as a resident for the price of a tea and cake ? Very Happy
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Post by Dandelion on 7th November 2019, 5:48 pm

Yeah, I could meet you at the nearest depot and put on a fake Herefordshire accent!! No, it's available to anyone who wants to come and buy it (it's actually produced in Worcestershire, so it would be hypocritical to restrict it to people from Hereford!) They need to sell it as they produce a lot!

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Post by Dandelion on 7th November 2019, 5:54 pm

(I think they are a bit picky about non-residents leaving waste at the sites though...) The product is called Greengrow, and having just googled it, it seems you can get hold of it all over the place, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Most of the recycling sites have a phone number, so it would be worth phoning before you set out to check they have enough.

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Post by freebird on 9th November 2019, 10:54 am

Thank you D. I've just looked online too - the nearest place I can collect (if they have it) is Kington, so would cost about £8-9 in diesel. I will make some enquiries after the weekend. The price of the bags works out similar, perhaps a bit more, to what I was getting in London, as those bags were 80L, rather than the 40L Greengrow. It's a huge relief though, to know I will be able to get something fairly reliable.
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