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Latest posts by artjak

Courgettes in Pots

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 18:22

I grow courgettes in largeish troughs and a galvanised bucket. I agree, they would probably do better in the soil but they are too large for my little veg plot. Watering them is the issue, and feeding them

Compost bin

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 18:15

Dear CluelessG, I have not really understood this bit about 'green here' and 'brown there'. From the Compost Master Course I learnt that compost heaps or bins should be 50% green (nitrogen) and 50% brown (carbon). Green stuff is obvious; brown encompasses; straw, paper (scrunched up to carry air into the heap) cardboard, eggboxes etc. Also dried stems/leaves of plants (not trees - that would be for making leaf mould)  Personally I like to start a new bin with a good shovel of horse manure. If you can't get this, don't worry; the red worms will arrive anyway, you don't need to get any. An addition of human pee from time to time will act as an acelerator, but being a ladee I use a compost acelerator from the Garden Centre. What is IMPORTANT is to keep the thing airobic; full of air/ light and fluffy by turning it frequently. Aim for once a week in the summer and once 2 weeks in the winter; if you achieve half of that it will be fine. If it becomes anairobic (smelly, slimey) turn it thoroughly and add more browns.

Good luck and keep us posted.

email responses

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 18:02

Bless you Dove.

Fourm not displaying again

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 18:01

I'm getting a few more than 2 threads, but not the full monty; what is it about the chicken manure? It seems to be everywhere

Fourm not displaying again

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 17:59

Dove, that Hellebore is lovely and I don't usually like doubles.

Talkback: Birds - make your own bird box

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 17:57

Dove, I think I'm hooked; have downloaded plans for bird boxes. Bird B&B will hopefully be up and running soon


Posted: 06/12/2013 at 10:12

I compost everything I can fit in the 2 bins and then each Autumn I have to take about 20 sacks to re-cycling, which gets turned into compost by the Council. Would love a shredder, but no room for more compost bins

email responses

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 10:03

Between Great Ouse and the Nene, surrounded by canals, but near the Gravel bank pumping station.

Talkback: Birds - make your own bird box

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 10:01

If I put up several boxes with different size openings for different birds, how far apart should they be? Should they go on the back of the studio facing North, though there is a strong security light there which responds to movement; on the East side is a lean to greenhouse which might confuse the birds. If placed in a tree, how to fasten them there without using screws?


Posted: 06/12/2013 at 09:47

Clarington, brilliant!

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