Links

Compost & Mulches

  • Compost etc for beds, from Woodhort, based in Somerset
  • Online turf sell mushroom compost £78 cubic metre, also bulk composts and soil
  • Corker is a family-run nursery in Kent and offer mushroom plus other composts and excellent service
  • Biodegradable mulch materials from Hy-Tex, for weed control
  • Viridor sell green waste compost
  • www.carbontrap.org sell Miscanthus Bedding/Mulch, this is shredded grass, half way between straw and wood chips, white in colour
  • Mulch material to kill weeds, made of wool in N. England by chimneysheep
  • www.wrorganics.co.uk (West Riding Organics), good compost for raising plants
  • Compost for propagating is expensive online, check B&Q, Wyevale, Aldi
  • Planet Natural‘s page on composting is helpful

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Useful extras

  • Bacillus thuringiensis from Agrinova Xentari – sold for Box trees, also kills brassica caterpillars. If this link is broken, type Agrinova Xentari caterpillar into the Amazon Search bar
  • www.reminscotland.com sell rockdust

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28 thoughts on “Links

  1. Hello Charles,

    I just recently discovered your site, and especially your Youtube channel, thanks to an interview you did with Sean James Cameron. I’m working my way through your videos – thanks so much for the information you share!

    I realise you’re in the UK, but I wondered if you might have any links to companies and the like in the USA?

    Thanks again.

  2. Dear Charles,

    In every video I saw your lovely watering can, I’m thinking I’d love to have that one too. Could you please share the name of the manufacturer and possibly the model? It has such a long nozzle and a fine spray, brilliant for seedlings.

    Thank you for the inspirational content. Besides it being informative, it also has a high aesthetical value. Lovely to watch, you created a little gardener’s paradise.

    Kind regards
    Michael

  3. Re: Quickcrop-
    7-10 days deli info on website, but now 14 days before dispatch min at present?
    Very slow with dispatch at present or communication?
    Ordered 11th Feb Payment completed , order confirmed and order number provided- No reply to email or update still as of today.
    Info to those who wishing for fleece or mesh to cope with cold snap that’s forecast!

    1. Sorry to hear this and they are good people, but probably overwhelmed by demand, like everybody else in gardening especially vegetable gardening, good luck

  4. Hi Charles I got some wire to make hoops. What is a good length for a 4 foot bed. I did a bit of pi times diameter divided by 2 😁and added a bit for sticking in ground and came up with 2.1 metres.

        1. David,
          Hard to be sure without feeling it but it looks correct to me, good luck.
          The wire I use springs back to being straight once we pull it out of the ground, which makes it very easy to store as lengths of wire

  5. Hi All.
    Rain and more rain here on the Essex/Cambs border at moment
    Re Update bacillus thuringiensis.
    I ordered received the next day this below. Smaller quantity for many? I presume this ok Charles?

    Agrinova Xentari® Raupenfrei Box Tree Caterpillar Treatment | Bacillus Thuringiensis | Biological Insecticide Spray Mix (25g) £18.35 next day (Prime) Helpful?

    I would still like purchase in bulk as such 500g as previous tried from Italy. (Any pointers Charles?)

    Richard, I be happy still to share if a option for you if we could buy in bulk and of help or anyone else that lives near?

    Regards
    Alan Essex

  6. I am new to caterpillar control other than hours of hand removal, so hit the web to find out about Bacillus Thuringiensis. There appears to be two strains one using Kurstuki and one Aizawai – apparently only first is bee friendly. I only read two different sites regarding this but Charles do you have any further information regarding this please? I would hate to start killing off my visiting bees. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you

    1. Hi Sarah and I do not know about the different strain, I’m a little confused myself but also I am suspicious I must say. I feel that Bt gets a lot of flak for such a harmless product, based on soil bacteria. Meanwhile so few people mainstream worry about pyralid, roundup et cetera

  7. Hi Charles
    Am shortly to take the plunge and click the biodynamic link, as I’m just sitting down with your calendar and working out my plantings. I wondered if the dates on your calendar account for moon phases please, and if so is it purely waxing/waning, or do they also take into account the four-rhythm approach mentioned in your ‘Organic Gardening’ book please?
    Many thanks
    Nicola

  8. Hi
    I’ve just been looking into buying Bacillus thuringiensis and seen the link to the DiPel ‘brand’ of it. There is also Thuricide as a brand too. However, it looks like it is only sold in UK for agricultural professional pest control use (which Charles may qualify for) but hasn’t been registered for public use and there’s no current home & garden registration in UK. See example here.
    https://www.dragonfli.co.uk/blogs/news/beware-illegal-pesticides-available-online

    1. Thanks for this Dave. It seems a way that gardeners can be prevented from using ecological products (soil bacteria) and diverted to synthetic chemicals, or plastic covers.
      Like how the photo at the top of that piece is not related to gardening!

      1. Charles, I agree that the picture suggests that the company is likely to push you into buying chemical solutions to pest problems. However, if you look at the rest of the site it is selling biological controls for a variety of pests. I just wish there was something for onion white rot!

  9. Hi Alan

    Sorry, only just came back to the thread as was thinking about ordering for next year, but a bit worried about buying through EBay now if unlikely to receive it and hard work getting refunded! Have you tried again since?

    Regards

    Rich

  10. Hi Charles

    Just looking into bacillus thuringiensis for next year as brassicas got mauled this year! Just wondered how often you spray? Seems crazy to buy 24g, when 500g is only 3 1/2 times the price (but at the same time £38 is quite a big outlay for my small plot!).

    Thanks

    Rich

    1. Yes it’s a pity somebody does not sell say 100g.
      I spray av. 6 times a year, every 16-20 days.
      A guy on my open day reckons his still works, ten years after he bought it.

      1. Many thanks! Perhaps I’ll see if anyone locally wants to go halves on the purchase!

        Thanks again

        Rich

        1. Hi Charles/Richard.
          I read this with interest Re Bacillus thuringiensis as I ordered some from Poland 500g and then I had a message they unable to send and presumed it was as we was supposedly leaving the EU end of March this year, which was only a week to go and presumed they could not guarantee delivery time, held in customs? I had to also wait over 4 and half weeks before received my refund via ebay/PayPal.

          I would very appreciate a contact/number where I can purchase for next yeas as yes it works, but purchased a very small sachet to get me by this year and yes, my opinion buy a bulk pot as I been told lasts for ten years too.. I thought it was a gardeners allotment joker. Some more creditable info from you Charles re shelf life so Thank you.

          1. Alan this is worrying, I become a conspiracy theorist when I hear of something simple and natural being so hard to buy. It helps us to feed ourselves 🙂 and wish I could help.

    2. Hi Richard

      I be happy for you to split half each if rather a large outlay for you if helps you.
      Regards
      Alan

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