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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

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:26

obelixx, I have had furniture dipped in a CAUSTIC bath. This then has to be neutralised with vinegar. It was a Victorian chest of drawers and the drawers all became unglued in the bath, so had to be glued together again. It helps if you have sash cramps for this. It took a few days as I recollect to dry out and then get gently sanded in the direction of the grain.

The alternative is to have them sandblasted; (also known as bead blasting I think) this would give them a very coarse rustic look. I had my mantelpiece done heavily like this and it is like frozen waves

Need an easy use composter

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:21

There seem to be many theories on these threads, GG.

Some say it is too hot for them, some say there is not enough edible material for them, some say it is too dry...etc.

I think I will have to ask the guy at Garden Organic

Of course, they could just be popping up to say hello!

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Plant photos from French hols

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What is this please?

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Well, I never knew that!

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Info about this 
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Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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