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  • Saskia Seaglass

    We are just finishing our second Summer of growing and had just decided to for-go some raised beds in order to use them as beds for composting and ageing manure. (Think I applied manure too close to Spring planting and didn't have a great season). Also, hoping a lot of expense and plastic will be avoided by not having to hall in bags to top up beds each year. Was reaffirming to watch your video and feeling better about our decision. Thanks!

  • Bagan theke Rannaghor

    Hi Huw
    I have made a lot of liquid fertiliser with comfrey leaves last year and I still have some left. Will this be good to use it this year as well?

  • just cel

    I noticed your lawn had dandelions but your clippings did not. How so? Do you actually go through the clippings and remove them? I think my gardening time would be better well spent 😉 Also, I know you prefer the 'sturdy' seedling modules. I've watched a number of videos and you never explain how to remove the seedlings without harming the roots. With the cheap nursery-type 6-cells you can just give them a bit of a squeeze to get them started to remove. I don't see this as possible with the 'hard' modules. You have such a wonderful presentation style and a voice truly a pleasure to listen to. As we say in Canada, you could sell refrigerators to Eskimos 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  • Helen Watt

    When I first started gardening I had no idea just how much compost was needed to keep the plants happy… older and wiser, but still having to learn new ways of compost management. Thanks Huw for another excellent video.

  • Helen Watt

    When I first started gardening I had no idea just how much compost was needed to keep the plants happy… older and wiser, but still having to learn new ways of compost management. Thanks Huw for another excellent video.

  • Crocheting Around New Zealand

    I also put all my weeds into a big bucket and cover with water. Leave for a few weeks and they rot down and the liquid makes an excellent tea for your gardens

  • Crocheting Around New Zealand

    The sludge from thick grass clippings makes excellent fertilizer for plants plus it's a mulch so good to retain water in the drier months.

  • Steve me Lloyden

    Such wonderful videos. Brilliant, thank you. It's always mindboggling that there are people who actually find a reason to down vote videos like this.

  • Natty Molinar Huerta

    Great video with lots of possibilities…. I have an issue though wich I have not figured out how to handle yet… my lot is a huge piece of rock and i mean it, I barely have 3-5 in of top soil in most of the area. The bright side is that it slopes downward some and I can possibly build raised beds with the loose rocks around or with wood boards. We also live in a southern latitude and out summers are LONG and very hot averaging 39-40 °C… what can I possibly grow in this environment and for a newby, can I begin with purchased compost while I build myself a compost area?
    Thanks again for your time and willingness to share your tips.

  • Bo McGillacutty

    I've been experimenting with confery for 6 months only, here in N. California it's very thirsty and prone to wilting. I will probably transfer some to afternoon shade locations.

  • Michael Skelton

    Last year in a tomato grow bag I cut the stems off the old plants before the winter leaving the roots in the grow bag (mostly because I'm lazy!) This year I couldn't get any compost so had to reuse as much as I could. I mixed a load of slow release fertilizer pellets into the old grow bags and planted the tomatoes in the used compost and we had our best tomato harvest ever this year.

    I'm not sure if the old rotted roots helped in the bag but I suspect it's more because I took my garden allot more seriously this year, watering and pruning them better to prevent disease.

    Now that the growing year is up I've decided scrap grow bags and removed the floor in my greenhouse and I've dumped all of the old and new compost (which I eventually managed to get) directly on the soil so next year my plants should have more freedom for root development and access to normal soil (natural nutrients that I haven't had to pay for), I'm just hoping no creeping weeds managed to get under the greenhouse frame.

    I have heard allot of people say that grow bags are a very expensive way to grow things. The beds I've made with the compost from them are at least 6 inches deep from top to soil when firmed up (walked on) so it definitely takes allot more compost for grow bags. I'm also hoping that they'll be allot more secure with water supply as in the heat of summer a grow bag can dry out within a day.

  • Claire Cadoux

    This is a brilliant bit of info. Re woodchip, when it decomposes it is worth finding out which wood it is, and consider if you bring it in, is it carrying a ton of weed seeds.

  • Janet Neill

    I'm in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. I'd be concerned that putting grass clipping in my garden would make the grass actually start to grow in my garden. Do you ever have that problem?