London (change)
Today 12°C / 6°C
Tomorrow 10°C / 7°C

artjak


Latest posts by artjak

Red slimey worms

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:17

They come up for air when it is too hot.

Luctong, if the bin is smelly, get a compost stirrer (about £10 on-line) stir the compost up a bit, take a newspaper and separate all the sheets, scrunch them up and put them in and try to stir them in to the compost.

Do this again a few days later.

After about 10 days it should not smell nasty any more.

Are you putting large amounts of grass clippings in all at once? This can cause the bin to become anaerobic/smelly/slimy. The aim is for an aerobic system, so air must be incorporated and you need the balance between greens (nitrogen) and browns (carbon).

So always add scrunched up newspaper in layers with your grass cuttings and other greens.

Plant ID help please

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:11

I would say rue too

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:05

Have just ordered 2 types of Sweet Peas from Eagle; very cheap postage and packing

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:55

...also in my experience as a Compost Master (no sniggering at the back there!) when we do Compost Events, 99% of the people who say they get rats sometimes in the compost, keep chickens, so it is largely the chickens that attract them.

Tootles, the fact that you have loads of little wriggly critters in your compost just shows how good you are at making it

I have always been freaked out by spiders but can now cope with them up to medium size and as a child (well till I was about 40) I couldn't cope with wriggly things either, but as a gardener it became tiring to shriek everytime I saw an earthworm

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 14:05

Green house heating

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:44

You could also have domestic heating oil a small boiler and 3 rads, one in each area with thermostats on each one with different settings.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:34

David, I have the hinged type of root trainers and simply place it in a gravel tray and water from the base

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:24

...but apparently in France more people die from wasp stings than 'viper' bites. Snakes in our part of the world are pretty shy creatures and we were always advised when hiking in the Pyranees to take a stick and bash the rocks as we approached them to warn the snakes away. The same trick applies if you are anxious about rats/mice in compost area; bash the container with a stick each time you pass it and the vermin will soon move to your neighbours bin

Green house heating

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:36

I simply have an electric frostbuster which kicks in at about 6 or 7 centigrade.

Paraffin is pricey these days unless you have 500 litres delivered! It also smells pretty vile.

Flooded gardens campaign

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:29

Thank you Lesley and Daniel Haynes for sending me copies The article said that 100 plants had arrived; well I took 12 crates I think which were way more than 100 and everyone else sent 100's Perhaps the writer misunderstood

Discussions started by artjak

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
Replies: 13    Views: 322
Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
Replies: 4    Views: 212
Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
Replies: 4    Views: 251
Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
Replies: 36    Views: 780
Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
Replies: 0    Views: 137
Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
Replies: 49    Views: 1388
Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
Replies: 1    Views: 162
Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
Replies: 5    Views: 236
Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
Replies: 52    Views: 1203
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? 
Replies: 27    Views: 481
Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
Replies: 2    Views: 193
Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
Replies: 2    Views: 202
Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
Replies: 26    Views: 793
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
Replies: 19    Views: 696
Last Post: 30/07/2014 at 09:23

Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
Replies: 12    Views: 354
Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 12:54
1 to 15 of 59 threads