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COMFREY

RUSSIAN COMFREY – BOCKING 14

HIGH POTASH CONTENT & TRACE MINERALS

USE FOR:

  • COMFREY LIQUID
  • MULCHING
  • COMPOST ACTIVATOR

COMFREY LIQUID – USE AS A HIGH POTASH LIQUID FEED DILUTED WITH 15 PARTS WATER TO 1 PART COMFREY

MAKE IN SUMMER:

  • PLACE A LARGE PLANT POT INSIDE A BUCKET
  • PLACE A TILE UNDERNEATH THE PLANT POT
  • PACK THE PLANT POT WITH COMFREY LEAVES
  • ADD A COUPLE OF LARGE STONES/BRICKS
  • DO NOT ADD WATER(WATER MAKES IT SMELLY)
  • COVER TO AVOID RAIN
  • PUT IN A SHELTERED PLACE
  • LIQUID WILL START TO RUN IN ABOUT 6 WEEKS
  • POUR LIQUID INTO A SEALED CONTAINER
  • CONTINUE PACKING LEAVES IN THE BUCKET & REMOVING LIQUID ALL SUMMER – KEEP LIQUID OUT OF SUN
  • AT END OF SUMMER, TIP LEAF RESIDUE ONTO COMPOST HEAP
  • STORE LIQUID IN A COOL DARK PLACE FOR LATER USE

MULCHNG

USE LEAVES TO MULCH UNDER LARGE VEG WHERE IT WILL BREAK DOWN AND FEED THE PLANTS

ESPECIALLY USEFUL FOR OUTDOOR TOMATOES

COMPOST ACTIVATOR

VERY USEFUL AS A COMPOST ACTIVATOR – WORKS BETTER IF CHOPPED TO INCREASE SURFACE AREA FOR BACTERIA TO WORK ON

Raised Wicking Bed – Clare Sheridan

It is lined with pondliner, a layer of fleece to protect the pondliner, a layer of rubble then some more fleece. There is an overflow pipe just above the rubble layer and a downpipe in one corner to water into the base. Plants can then suck up what they need.

1. The empty raised bed with overflow and downpipe in situ. 

2. The pondliner in place.

3. Layer of fleece and a layer of rubble 

4. A layer of fleece over the rubble and then the soil was added. 

5 Planted up bed with mizuna, mibuna, mustard,carrot Beta, Sweet pea, beetroot Devoy, broad bean Glos bounty, calendula, cavolo de Nero, sorrel, chives and oca.    

6. View down the garden with hazel arch to the raised bed  

Malvern Spring Show 2019

GOGG attended the Malvern Spring Show in May.  Our theme was ‘BACK TO BASICS – GARDENING ORGANICALLY’.  We had demos for comfrey liquid, composting(thanks to Gloucestershire CC for the composter and leaflets), worm composting as well as the soil model showing the wealth of micro-organisms that provide soil fertility from the inputs.  We also had a table for children’s activities.

We received a lot of interest from the public particularly in composting and our method of making comfrey liquid (putting the leaves to break down without water, preventing the strong smell!) 

 We were very nicely surprised to receive an RHS BRONZE MEDAL for the display, so very well done to everyone who contributed.

Frost Damage on Apples

Many apples were affected by the very late, very severe frost that we suffered in early May 2017.  This resulted in some very poor crops and some trees have not had any fruit this year.  Some apples show frost damage, appearing as russet patches, something many of us have not seen before.  These are two Adam’s Pearmain apples and one Bramley apple, all showing signs of frost damage.

 

September – Organic Blooms Visit

 

Ten members joined with members of Women’s Farm & Garden Association for an afternoon visit to Organic Blooms near Bristol.  We had a guided tour around the gardens with Jo, who then fed us tea and cake and did a demonstration of a hand tied bouquet of flowers from the garden.  Fantastic organisation, totally organic, Soil Association certified, very ethical and part of a social enterprise scheme with young people with difficulties working alongside them to propagate and grow the flowers for cutting.

 

May

At last a good day of rain to water the garden.

Birds are feeding young with lots of juicy caterpillars.  Hedge sparrows and bluetits ready to fledge.

The group had a stand at the Malvern Spring Show showing different ways of managing slugs!  Very windy spot!

March

Get ahead with some early veg!

Sow some carrots, beetroot, spring onions, mixed lettuce in cells in March for later transplanting into the garden;  a pinch of seed into each cell.  Ten cells will transplant into a 4ft row to provide the first tender veg.

 

 

 

 

February

Don’t forget to prune your top fruit trees by the end of March to provide a good crop of fruit later on. 

Monarch, a lovely cooking apple with a good flavour and white flesh that falls when cooked almost as well as the Bramley.