Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Straw bale urinal...

Yes you read that correctly! I heard a TV personality talking the other day about his "straw bale urinal" and it got me thinking. Take a straw bale, keep it in a greenhouse over Winter, and ask your friends (if you have any left) to make contributions for an eco friendly cause. There is a sound science behind this madness. Nitrogen + Carbon = HEAT.

This really does work. A straw bale "treated" in this way really can heat your greenhouse to a certain extent. If you don't fancy using re-cycled tea, coffee or beer.. for this purpose then you can surely wimp out with some liquid high nitrogen liquid fertilizer. Treat the straw bale and over the next few months it will throw out an astonishing amount of heat.

In the Spring, you can hollow out two small holes in the top of the straw bale, fill them with potting compost and plant your greenhouse cucumbers in them!.... Now I am sure that I have a spare toilet seat up in the attic...I'm sure I do.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

George Washington's veggie garden

Yes! even the founder of the nation had a veggie garden. At Mount Vernon, 16 miles South of Washington DC GW was experimenting way back in the 1790s with soil fertility, and took a keen interest in fruit and vegetable growing.

Anyway, as is my habit.... when no one was looking.... I nabbed some bean pods from his garden. The label said "poinciana" not sure at this stage if that is the bean name or something previously in the book. will have to look it up. Quite attractive green pods with pink/red flecks. Posted by Picasa

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