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Posted: 27/12/2013 at 10:12

NB2, I usually start a fresh compost bin with a shovel of horse manure to ensure the red worms are there, but on my compost course we were told that they always seem to arrive anyway; 'as if by magic'.


Posted: 26/12/2013 at 15:36


Posted: 25/12/2013 at 17:49

I have heard that you must not put citrus waste into a wormery which has brandling or tiger worms (they are striped). I don't think that a small amount of citrus peel would affect the red worms commonly found in compost bins, I frequently put citrus in mine. Sometimes as Tom says, they can get too hot, or perhaps they are breeding; who knows. From time to time a few of mine also make a bid for freedom. A compost bin, unlike a wormery has many, many different small creatures helping the compost process.

help mince pies

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 17:59

Happy Christmas nut, could I have mine with cream please?

Just moved - horrible garden

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 17:57

Welcome Deb, my garden is a bit like Dovefromabove's; I wouldn't have it any other way! The veg garden is south facing, but misses the worst of the mid day sun because of tall trees bordering a nearby field. My lean- to greenhouse is East facing with the short wall facing south and it works fine.

Morning Glory love being East facing. I appreciate that where you are may be colder/snowier? than where I am in the Norfolk Fens, but don't worry; all the advice you need is on this forum from much wiser heads than mine.

New Family Home with Lovely Garden - worried beginner

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 14:54

Welcome Mark. If you can recognise dandelions then gently dig them up with a small trowel. Also, any brambles could be removed at this time, including as much root as you can. Be careful not to tread on the bare earth as it might have bulbs about to pop out.

Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 14:49

Nut, what time of year should I plant, should they be sown straight into the ground?

Gardening Clubs

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 16:44

How would I go about starting a Gardening Club? I think it would be a good idea in my area.

Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 16:40

I love Cerinthe, I tried from seed one year with no results; any tips Verdun?

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 16:35

I've got friends coming over later for a drink; I think I shall tell them that they have to dress as Druids with greenery around their heads to celebrate the return of the sun. I suppose that is why we bring green stuff like holly into the house at this time and also why we feast, it's all pre-Christian, from a time when there might have been a genuine fear that summer would not come. Of course, dealing with British weather, that could be a very sensible concern But I am not deterred, I shall be planting Aubergines and Peppers in late January. Starting them off in the house and then when germinated, out to the moderately warm greenhouse.

Discussions started by artjak

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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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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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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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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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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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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