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Digging in compost or manure?


 
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Sneachta
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:54 pm    Post subject: Digging in compost or manure? Reply with quote

With the Christmas holidays next week I was planning on escaping the madness indoors to the quiet refuge of the garden and digging over the veggie plots.

Its my second winter here, previously having lived in apartments, so am very new to gardening.

Last year i didn't bother (digging in compost or manure) and dug over the plots and planted pretty much willy nilly to get a feel for it. Some things worked and some didn't but overall it was an immensely satisfying experience both getting some fresh air into my lungs , fresh vegetables into the family tummies and good honest exercise from it all.

I started a compost in a Darlek looking composter I bought in Lidl but there's not much useful compost in that yet.

So in a long winded way I'm asking if I should get in some manure or compost. It will be used for the veggie plots (various root and leaf crops) and around the fruit trees (apple, pear, damson, plum, green gage) and bushes (gooseberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, raspberries, woscesterberries, blueberries, grapes, rhubarb) also unless otherwise recommended?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I hd the option I would get well rotted farm Yard Manure (FYM) and dig it into the soil, I would also spread some around the fruit bushes but do not have it mounded uop around the stems of the bushes this will in time rot down and be good for the tshrubs digging it into the garden will improve the soil texture and add nutrients. Good luck hope next growing season will be better than last.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Greengage, FYM it is so.
Happy Christmas to you , I hope both our gardens are full of plentiful fruit and veg next year.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started my digging this week, I have some FYM at hand and will start to dig it in early next week.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fair play you must have an indoor garden, If this keeps up ill have to grow rice.
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