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Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 16:20

Yes, I would be keen to know that info about plants too please

compost advice

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 16:14

I don't stir the compost as if I'm making Christmas Pud I just dig in with the compost stirrer tool and lift everything a bit and let it drop back, just to get air in there. I can be a bit more vigorous with the smaller 2 bins, but if I'm not careful I could vanish head first into the larger one

I quite like those ghostly potatoes growing in the compost, Dove is right; a bit of movement with stirrer or fork and they soon stop growing.

As to the bigger/the hotter, it would depend on what is in the heap, but it is certainly true that those very tiny bins can't hold the heat well. The relatively new Hot Bin (£150) is about the size of a wheely bin, has walls about 30mm thick, uses some kind of wood pellets in small quantities to help the process and reaches astonishing temperatures in 24 hours. You have to fill it all at once to get that going.

As to wood chips, use caution, not too much at once. Perhaps a little sprinkle now and then.

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Posted: 08/09/2014 at 19:45

The Incredible Edible scheme sounds just wonderful

Any wine makers out there?

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 13:01

GWRS love the name; it sounds like a railway company

I have made Quince in the past, but no fruit this year, Gooseberry for the first time, Pear always seems to work well, Damson can be hard to clear; the covers are to stop the sun bleaching the wine which apparently affects the flavour

I didn't think it was possible

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:18

Pauline, may I suggest that you get some knee pads, not the carpet fitter's kind which are rather hard, I have some made by JCB from B&Q so that if you kneel you don't damage your knees.

Any wine makers out there?

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:14

Shall I make one for you Nut?

Nut, the gooseberry wine that you recommended that I bottle, is not very clear yet. Thought I would leave another month, rack again and hope it clears a little more?

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:09

Lindsay, thank you for all the info; it has made me think......of where I could fit a little pond in dappled shade

compost advice

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:04

joberg, hello.

These are my 3 compost bins

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58904.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 I put garden waste and raw veg and fruit waste, also newspaper scrunched up and cardboard roughly torn into them.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58905.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 This is what I have put in recently

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58906.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 This compost needs another 3 months to mature

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58907.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 I finished filling this bin in April and the compost is ready to be used, sieved for sowing seeds or un-sieved to mulch around plants or spread on the veg bed for worms to take down over the winter (much less work for me) If you have use of a shredder you can obtain much finer compost, but it is not that important.

Any queries, just ask

Raised Beds

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:54

You could also ask neighbours who have nice gardens

Hostas as a delicacy !

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:53

Can you give us a photo of the situation?

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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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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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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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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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