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Finishing off the hugelkultur in the potato bed.
Due to the inclement weather recently, which has cost me the roof of the peach greenhouse, I have not been able to complete the hugelkultur I started a couple of weeks ago. The was no rush to finish it but I wanted to make sure that I had enough time to pre...

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Starting off a new Hugelkultur in the potato bed.
Bloke came down with the shredded woody material and had some logs on the back as well.  He gave me the logs so I decided to make another trench Hugelkultur in the potato bed.  I wanted to raise the soil at the north end of the bed in order to create a surf...

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The possibilities of using slope to benefit the allotment.
My allotment slopes to the south east.  What advantages does that give to the allotment crops?  The aspect of the allotment can give quite an advantage.  Being south facing means that the sun's heat and light is a little more concentrated and will warm up t...

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Is mulch made from conifer wood chip or bark acidic?
I have seen it often suggested that organic mulches such as wood chip and bark from conifers is acidic.  The pH is a measure of the amount (the negative log of the concentration)of hydrogen ions and this measurement must be done in a liquid.  You cannot mea...

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Too much mulch?
It is self evident that if you cover a plant completely with mulch you will kill it through lack of light.  This is one of the benefits of mulching - weed control.  However, what is the correct amount of mulch to apply to crop plants?  There is a lot of adv...

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So, why do I still use mycorrhizal fungi?
I know the mycologists think that gardeners are stupid for using mycorrhizal spores but there are some circumstances where it might be appropriate to use them. I am no particular fan of RHS but they still promote the use of mycorrhizal spores when planting...

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Still learning new things after 50+ of gardening.
Just read James Wong's article on https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/oct/23/coffee-grounds-are-not-good-for-plants-its-a-myth. So this seems to have come from an auto toxicity of coffee plants and a resultant degradation of the soil for coffee gr...

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December photographs of the allotment.
December and the weather is getting much colder.  The allotment needed tidying and some woody material needed burying.  There were some logs under the chippings that no one would want so they could be used for a Hugelkultur.  The most appropriate place to d...

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December and the weather is getting much colder.  The allotment needed tidying and some woody material needed burying.  There were some logs under the chippings that no one would want so they could be used for a Hugelkultur.  The most appropriate place to d...
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