Getting your own back can be so good

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Dahlias - one of the boldest plants you can grow .

GARDENING: Brian Kidd is planning for summer with dahlias

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This is the most difficult season I have ever known but I have changed my attitude and have decided it is much better to look forward and not become depressed.

For example, the netted area containing 72 Brussels sprouts was full of weeds and the groundsel weeds were just coming into flower.

So with a huge container they were all pulled out, put into bags and went up to the recycling centre where they will be sent off to make compost.

I enjoy going to the recycling centre because it gives me a break from the hard work.

Everything which is put into the green bins at the recycling centre is turned into compost.

Branches, shrub prunings, bindweed, potato haulms and potato tubers ruined by potato blight all go into the green bins.

What happens to all this rubbish?

Containers are taken off to the processing venue and the bins are emptied.

A JCB pushes them into huge triangular ridges and the contents in the ridges are pulverised by an enormous mincer – wow – what a system.

All the material, yes even horsetail, is minced up and it all becomes very hot in about three days.

I am not joking when I say potatoes could be cooked in the natural heat created. All seeds, roots and shoots are literally cooked!

The composted material is called Pro-grow and is a very good soil improver because it is sterile and has no weed seeds or diseases because the heat killed off these enemies.

Have you bought any from the recycling centre? It is called getting your own back!

Seriously, Pro-grow is great for all kinds of soil.

If you need to conserve moisture, a top dressing of about four inches of Pro-grow will do the job but it’s a good idea to put it on top of moist soil.

It will not only conserve moisture, it will help reduce weeds but any which do pop up will be easy to remove because the roots will be growing in this top dressing.

Take note, the weeds are not in the Pro-grow, the processing killed them.

There is an area on the allotment which lies low and a few weeks ago this area was flooded.

This area has now been dug over and five bags of Pro-grow have been dug in. Ambassador peas are going to be planted next week.

The seeds were sown three weeks ago and are in cells in the greenhouse.

This variety has been chosen because it is resistant to powdery mildew – it isn’t immune but is resistant.

Most allotment holders don’t sow peas after June because of mildew but I have grown this variety for several years because it’s great to be able to pick peas in October and early November.

Do you think it is easier to go down the Birds Eye route?