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Chatting on the Plot / Father's Day
« Last post by Subversive_plot on Yesterday at 12:50 »
To all the dads out there, happy Father's Day to you!
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Grow Your Own / Re: Pinching out tips of broad beans?
« Last post by InWarwickshire on Yesterday at 11:07 »
Might as well. Once the leafy bush forms a the tip no more flowers form.
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Grow Your Own / Pinching out tips of broad beans?
« Last post by Grubbypaws on Yesterday at 10:52 »
For the first time EVER I do not have blackfly on my broad beans, I think it is just too wet for the ants. I have always followed the advice to pinch out the tips of plants to prevent blackfly. Question: even though I dont have blackfly do I still need to pinch out the tips to help pod development or is this a myth?
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General Gardening / Landscape fabric and slugs/snails
« Last post by Marijke Jones on Yesterday at 09:58 »
Dear gardeners,

I want to build a small rock garden and watched every video under the sun how to do it. You need to use landscape fabric as well. I used it on my strawberry plants 2 years ago and had the biggest concentration of slugs and snails under it so took it off. How can I best prevent slugs and snails under the fabric building a rock garden?
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What’s for tea? 2024
« Last post by Lardman on Yesterday at 09:42 »
Cottage pie tonight. I have all day to make it so no excuse.  Whatever Veggie I can find in the freezer as I'm out of sync with the shopping again.
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With this summer weather the plants won’t grow anyway.

If was growing anything this year it would all have been shredded by the hail we had yesterday, just before the thunderstorms and torrential rain.

There's a bit of blue sky this morning but a brisk wind is bringings cloud cover and the spells don't last long. 11c and dry so far.
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We had a mad wind storm with lashing rain for about 10 minutes yesterday, amongst the general breezy, heavy showery stuff.  It blew a few things over in the garden and sent the chickens into ‘the sky is falling’ mode ::)

Today seems calmer and there are patches of blue sky amongst the clouds. 
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Grow Your Own / Re: banning peat based compost 2024
« Last post by Subversive_plot on June 15, 2024, 22:39 »
You do need to take care with using your own seed compost to start seeds off. It will not be sterlilised (unless you do so), and the bacteria etc in the soil will increase the risk of damping off or the seedlings being otherwise affected.
How would you sterilise it? We have a hot bin, would compost from this be sterile and at what temperature?

This provides some guidance: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/40/appendix-B_to_part_503
No. 1 is specific to compost, and recommends 55oC or higher within-vessel for 3 days (that would be your hot bin).
No. 3 is for sludge, not compost, and recommends 180oC or higher for 30 minutes.  Hotter, for a shorter period of time. It would probably work fine for compost.

The recommendations are part of laws that are meant to treat human disease-causing pathogens. PROBABLY would also work on plant pathogens(?)  Not intended for plant pathogens though.

If I was doing anything in the family oven, I would gain concurrence from your OH (advice I would give to anyone!). Maybe get an inexpensive metal pot with metal lid just for compost (possibly at a car boot sale?).
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: The Happy Birthday Slot
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on June 15, 2024, 21:50 »
Happy birthday both! Nearly missed it, pre-occupied with football and beer....
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11C , grey , dark (I have the main lights on still) , windy and raining. It's horrible out there.

Think I will stop worrying about my veg being eaten by slugs.
With this summer weather the plants won’t grow anyway.
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