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winter preparation

I want to start preparing my garden for winter.. do i need to put down compost AND mulch and if so which do i do first? which is the best compost and mulch to get? 170820092, Dublin , Co Dublin Posted: 20/09/2011

 If you are talking about vegetables, you only put down compost on part of the area of a rotation. The area for potatoes next year. Use garden compost.

In a flower garden, mulches are best put down in late spring. Any plants you think nee protection, such as dahlias, you can put on mulch now, such as bark, but garden compost or soil would do either.


Winter Vegetables-rotation

Vegetables in the garden are divided into 4 plots-brassicas, alliums legumes, roots-potatoes planted elsewhere-I only want to use one section over the winter/spring period-this year's allium plot - can I sow/plant from all grps in this area regardless of usual rotation cycle-and then resume the usual rotation cycle next year? 080820081, , Co Dublin Posted: 16/10/2010


It is very difficult to maintain a proper rotation in a domestic garden, but anything you can do helps, however marginally.

The onion familly is prone to white rot of the roots and is probably best kept by itself in any case.

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Vegetable Crop Rotation

I am a novice veg gardener this year with an allotment and would appreciate some help. I am currently harvesting summer cabbage (Yippee) while I have winter cabbages to be planted out: my question - Do I plant the winter cabbages in the current cabbage plot or do I put them in the roots plot. maggie7, Passage West, Co Cork Posted: 10/08/2010


Crop rotation is a good thing but not always easy to achieve in a garden. More at: http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=347

In general, try to avoid following a crop with the same family. 


Fertiliser for cabbage plants and potatoes

What is the best organic fertilizer to use for cabbage plants. Is chicken manure pellets ok for cabbage and what about the use of seaweed for potatoes. Whats best for carrots and parsnips? maamval, Maam Valley, Co Galway Posted: 09/05/2010


The best organic fertilizer is well rotted farmyard manure. This should be applied to a portion of the vegetable garden each year, about a quarter or a fifth, before potatoes, followed by onions, peas and beans, then cabbage family and root crops such as carrots, parsnips.

Chicken manure will boost cabbage too much on heavy soil, but are fine on light soil. Seaweed should be regarded as a general tonic with minerals, a soil improver, as it does not contain much of the major elements. It is useful added to a compost heap.


Timing Planting/Sowing after liming

Last year I commenced a three year rotation plan in my raised beds. The ground was not used for veg before and was covered in docks with some nettles spread between them indicating quite an acid soil. In the first year of crop rotation my kale did well, cabbage less so, and swede not good at all. So I decided to lime the brassica bed this year (the bed was used for peas and beans last year) but due to exam commitments, I've left it pretty late. My question is, after liming, how long must I wait before I can sow turnips and/or plant all other brassicas. BOGGERinTHEbigSMOKE, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 23/04/2010


Docks and nettles grow in any soil, not just acid, so not a good indicator. You are in Dublin and the soil is naturally limy, unless you filled the beds iwth acid soil or organicn material which is acidic.

Test kits show whether lime is needed or not.

Lime is usually put on two weeks or more before sowing, cultivating it into the top layer of compost.



homemade compost...safety issue?

I have been making my own compost in a bought plastic bin...but have discovered the hatch off and compost thrown around at the base. I am guessing it is rats as we live in the country...was planning on using it for the vegetables and fruit as a mulch/feed...is it now safe to use at all? maybe on ornamentals? yankeeleprachaun, kilmallock, Co Limerick Posted: 09/02/2010


More likely it is crows,a nd that would have no effect on its use. It is fine for certian vegetables, such as sweetcorn, courgettes, potatoes. It should be used in part of a rotation to gradually add organic material to a garden. 

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