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Hi, my husband and I decided to start living the good life and created our first vegetable patch a few weeks ago. It's only a small area (about 6 ft by 10 ft) but our soil doesn't seem to be good quality so we added 3 bags of garden compost and some chicken manure pellets to try and give a good base (we left it for a week before planting anything). We now have some potatoes, red and white onions and carrots planted but we were wondering how often to keep the soil fertilized? Thanks, Kath.


  • I just wanted to apologise for adding my comment regarding our veg patch on the wrong subject page. However I did find the video for laying a path was excellent and really helpful. We are thinking of turning our front lawn into a decorative stone circle so it's maintenance free so think some of the tips will assist.
  • I hate to point this out because the end result will no doubt look great.......but the "5 dabs of mortar" method is so widely employed but is absolutely never an acceptable method of laying paving slabs. You will be well advised to study the appropriate pages on, widely acknowledged as the best free resource in the world for paving and associated groundworks.
  • I am a flagger and that method works but i wouldn't recommend it your best laying on a full bed of semi dry mix so the flag has got mor to grip on too.
  • PavPav Posts: 1
    Never, Ever Dab with 5 spots, this is a technique in plasterboarding which has faults but in Flagging is a total NO NO ! It will inevitably lead to some kind of rocking after a period as the bed is not uniform & this will eventually give & also as a minor point will create loud steps through the reverberation channels.
  • Professionals and knowledgable amateurs, even ones with as little knowledge as me, would NEVER use the "5 dabs" method. It will not last.

    1. It allows water to gather, erode the ground and the slabs soon begin to rock.

    2. Water can freeze and expand - cracking your slabs.

    3. It allows insects to burrow, especially ants.

    If you hire someone to lay slabs and you see that they intend to use this method - get rid of them and get someone else.
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