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Shan



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 19 1:31 pm    Post subject: Boasting Slightly  Reply with quote    














dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 19 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice, a well tended glasshouse is a pleasure to see

Shan



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 19 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you.

gz



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 19 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well done...a lovely sight

jema
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 19 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Very impressive

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 19 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent. My peppers are way behind that, but at least they are growing with a hope I might get a crop. With luck I will get a courgette or two over the next few weeks.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 19 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Now there is a green house! lovely job, Shan.

I want to go and see the green house of the man who is doing the excavations for me. He is totally organic-he says-and uses biochar which he burns himself. He has shown me a picture of his broad beans which are about 8 feet high in there. I will confirm, if they let me go in to see them. He tells me that the roof is 12 feet to the apex!
Anyway he tells me using biochar a good way of being slug free, as a side benefit, and he uses it inside and out of the green house, and this stuff is also something of a fertilizer in its own right.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 19 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lovely looking greenhouse and plants, Shan.

I have one pepper plant left and it's 3 inches tall.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 19 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

3" taller than my non courgettes then

Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 19 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I willbtake photos of my squashes tomorrow but they are not nearly as impressive as my greenhouse.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 19 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My peppers are about 6" high, but I cheated and bought them. One has a flower on. I have a couple that came up from seed, but haven't planted out yet. I ought to do that.

I use some biochar that is the fines from our own kiln. It will absorb organic material and water and let it out slowly, so it will help the growth although it acts more like a sponge than actually being a fertiliser.

Shan



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 19 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It sounds like biochar could be quite useful for soil in hot countries.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 19 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It can be useful in the UK too. It needs to have some fertiliser in it first, such as Dpacks horrible brew, run off from a wormery, or liquid with well rotted animal manure in it. It will then release this slowly while taking in water when there is plenty in the ground and releasing it slowly when it is dry. This is to do with the pores in the structure; I have used it to clean plating baths, where it is used to remove organic impurities, so this is the proven science. Some people will claim a lot more for it, but I don't think any more has been proven.

I found a flower on one of my peppers btw. Not a patch on your plants Shan, but getting there.

Shan



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 19 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Mistress Rose. I will have to look at sourcing some in Portugal. The wind strips the moisture from the soil pretty quickly and it could do with something to help.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 19 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The man who is helping me with my excavations even eats biochar. He begs all the small branches he can from my tree exploits and we had a big burn-up a week or so ago. It is a definite for hot climates for the reasons you have given, but to be able to regulate water in the soil must be it's most useful point. My friend does the burn up in a 45 gallon drum as well as a large ex oil tank. I will be asking him to show me how the drum system works, I get clean 45 gal drums ad lib! The process is simple Shan, you could manage it yourself with out buying in, assuming you will have fruit trees in UK/Portugal and will be pruning them annually, and it is those branches and bigger twigs are all he uses, 2 inches diameter and less. It came out as having a lot of ash but this is also useful in the garden 'they' tell me. He uses biochar as a pathway to his greenhouse and round the edges reducing the slugs to nil he says. I think this is because he has pathways all round the edge of outside and inside, as well as up the middle. I am asking for a viewing and will report back when I 'know' first hand how it works!

I am hoping to get a lot more done this weekend on the waste pipe situation-one way or another aim is to unblock across the road even to the point of breaking open a pipe or so to get in and do some rodding!

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