October is National Reuse Month and this week the programme looked at making compost for use next Spring. Paraic recommended using grass clipping, leaves, natural garden and household waste when composting and noted the importance of keeping the compost free of any wet, heavy rain. Putting the garden to bed for winter was also highlighted with tips on cleaning out green houses and weed control. Paraic discussed transplanting hardy annual and biennial seedlings, storing geraniums over the winter, controlling thistles and cutting back roses. Listeners questions included evergreen hedging for exposed seaside gardens,
planting spring and summer flowering bulbs in rockeries, how to prevent a
raspberry crop from failing and sowing blueberries in pots.