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Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:40

He's a brilliant actor

Hot composting

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:40

Frank...why doesn't women's urine work so well I wonder?

MinosG, what kind of litter do your cats have in the trays? If it is just shredded newspaper that would work well.

In the old days in the country householders simply had a hole in the ground to use as a loo for a while, and then it was filled in with earth and another hole was dug. I cannot see why this would not work for the contents of cat litter trays. A piece of wood or metal could be used as a lid. It would mean a fair bit of digging every month or two, but it would keep you fit

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:30

It's the current Dr. Who that you must bring!...not those young chaps!

Topbird   I'll bring Hungarian Ghoulash

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 16:31

Thank you KEF, but I would prefer Dr. Who

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 16:22

Lilypilly, a magnetic hat would leave your hands free. I often wear a kitchen foil hat as it keeps aliens away

Hot composting

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 16:09

MG, I've just fired off a couple of compost questions to Garden Organic, the people who train Master Composters.

One more thing about composting dog waste; it may still have Toxicara, which means that you could not use the resulting compost on veg or anywhere near children. They are trying to compost this kind of material at an Arboretum near me and they will only really be able to use the compost in the bottom of a hole when planting a tree.

Hot composting

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:57

MG, sorry should have read through above more thoroughly; am not certain that a Hot Composter can deal with dog waste.

Hot composting

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:56

Hello MinosG, it's not true that we lick our plates on this forum Frank (only the knife)

MG, there is a new type of bin called a Hot Composter (£150) it is made from thick heavy duty black polystyrene material. I have seen it in action; you fill it all at once and should achieve 60c within a day or two.

If you get it to this temperature, you can compost chicken carcases and dog waste (google also dog poo wormery), the dog waste has to be collected in COMPOSTABLE BAGS (e.g.made from cornstarch) NOT BIO-DEGRADABLE bags as these take around 180 days to break down.

What type of animal waste are you looking to compost; waste from rabbits and other herbivores can go into the normal compost bin with very good results. It would only be omnivore/carnivore waste that needs basically a wormery, you would have to check with the Hot Compost people if heat alone would deal with dog waste.

I'm sorry to sound a little vague about this, but am in the middle of researching the subject.

There are about 9,000,000 dogs in the UK, producing around 4,500,000 kilos of waste PER DAY.  This mostly goes into landfill at the moment, so it is something that all us dog owners need to think about.

I hope I have not raised too many issues for you.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:36

Went to Sandringham today as was getting cabin fever and trying to avoid paperwork.

 Not sure what these are

 I really went to see the house, which smelt strangely of solvents, so spent most of the time walking around the parkland.

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:31

If lilypily clutches a large magnet, and we have another one on board, viola! I will also bring a little umbrella to place behind those prone to travel sickness

Discussions started by artjak

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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