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  Topic: Best solution for slugs?
Gautama

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PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:21 pm   Subject: Best solution for slugs?
So, I looked up Metaldehyde on the web, expecting it to be an Oh-nasty, but found it labelled as an 'organic compound'. There you go?

"Organic" in chemistry and "organic" in ga ...
  Topic: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
Gautama

Replies: 18
Views: 12543

PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:03 pm   Subject: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
Intense thunder and lightning here around 2:30am. Lots of debris and localised flooding around 8am.
  Topic: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
Gautama

Replies: 18
Views: 12543

PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:58 am   Subject: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
SCW yesterday but didn't have the free time.
  Topic: Best solution for slugs?
Gautama

Replies: 41
Views: 26602

PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:57 am   Subject: Best solution for slugs?
If you have the time and wish to save money and the planet, the most environmentally friendly way of tackling slugs is probably to "grow your own" nematodes.
I've never tried it but it see ...
  Topic: Roundup banned but when.
Gautama

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PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:11 pm   Subject: Roundup banned but when.
Back when I was young, free and single I had an allotment and grew many fruit and vegetables.
I was one of those bore-ganic types and I loved to hate Roundup. I used to preach about its evils, practi ...
  Topic: Best solution for slugs?
Gautama

Replies: 41
Views: 26602

PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:42 am   Subject: Best solution for slugs?
There's any organic slug pellet sold by the Irish Seed Savers Association (and others that promote organic growing) that works quiet well.
It's a chemical, but that doesn't mean it can't be used in o ...
  Topic: re potato spraying
Gautama

Replies: 50
Views: 37844

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:57 pm   Subject: re potato spraying
'Bah! Like a bar of bloody soap.'

Soapy is a term I'd use differently. It's a spud gone wrong. Tends to have a wateryness about it, not just moisture.

There's such a thing as a good waxy pota ...
  Topic: re potato spraying
Gautama

Replies: 50
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PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:53 pm   Subject: re potato spraying
It is definitely down to the variety, most of all, but broadly speaking most earlies are waxy and most maincrop are floury.
  Topic: Gathering your own horse manure
Gautama

Replies: 10
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PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:26 am   Subject: Gathering your own horse manure
I've heard that most horses are dosed for gut worms and this is in the manure, where it goes on to kill earthworms. I dunno how true this is. I use cattle manure and it's full of worms.
  Topic: Garden Stones
Gautama

Replies: 4
Views: 3617

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:18 am   Subject: Garden Stones
Michael Viney in the Irish Times is an advocate of stones present for heat retention.
I think much depends on the size of plants. For example, seeds require no stones whatsoever.
  Topic: re potato spraying
Gautama

Replies: 50
Views: 37844

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:48 am   Subject: re potato spraying
Despite being planted earlier, my early spuds are much smaller plants above ground now than my second earlies or main crop ones. Is this normal?


It's not uncommon. Size would depend on variety, l ...
  Topic: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
Gautama

Replies: 18
Views: 12543

PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:08 am   Subject: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
I think there's a big difference between eating excess trace elements and eating excess food.
The former tends to get passed out, the latter retained?
  Topic: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
Gautama

Replies: 18
Views: 12543

PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:45 am   Subject: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
About seven years ago, for a reason I cannot recall, I got it into my head that I needed supplements. I was taking about five with breakfast every morning, e.g. A-Z, cod liver oil, garlic capsules, et ...
  Topic: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
Gautama

Replies: 18
Views: 12543

PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:22 pm   Subject: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
I should clarify what I mean by NPK fertiliser.
Any fertiliser that has relatively high quantities of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. For example, chicken manure, kitchen compost, fish blood and ...
  Topic: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
Gautama

Replies: 18
Views: 12543

PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:05 am   Subject: Prime Seaweed (Availability) Conditions?
my dog walks on beaches round here have never seen as much seaweed as you've described from the Dublin area.

Yeah, it was very hit and miss, with a lot more misses than hits. Maybe some beaches ar ...
 
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