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compost

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 18:10

I would think that the droppings from any animal that is strictly herbivore would be a good compost accelerator and would add some nutrients. Lyn is right that there isn't much nutrition in compost; it is a great soil conditioner and soil needs the right structure as much as it needs nutrition for good plant growth.

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 18:03

Friday evening bump; hope you all have a frabgous weekend

Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 17:59

Steve, I am just contemplating a 3rd bin

May I suggest that you do a sign with images of plastic bags and tins, with big red crosses on them and images of plant material, t-bags, cardboard etc with a big green tick on them? You could make it amusing too, (images of sofas/ legs of lamb/ cars)...so that your 'helpers' get the picture It could be done on cardboard and then laminated.

Failed Sweetcorn

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 17:53

First lot I sowed in heated propagator; 8/10 germinated, 2 died after potting on. Planted a different variety; same method - 6/8 germinated, but are looking pretty weak. I don't regard this as disappointing, for me that is fairly normal with sweet corn. The first batch are now about 30cm high and are being hardened off (outside during the day and inside at night) they won't be planted outside until mid-May and only if the forecast is good.

Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 17:30

Mandicore; I am not a techy so cannot help with 'html'.

Have a look at compost turners; the 2 I've seen are either auger in shape or arrow. I have an arrow one but I am pretty strong in my arms (years of being up a ladder/scaffold tower and painting with my arms up in the air!) depending on how your strength is working you may prefer the auger.

Shed - man or womans world?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:26

My shed is MINE! Which means that when it is a mess, I have no one else to blame

Just waiting.......

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:23

Mike, my best wishes for that.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:16

Lizzie27; same weather here in the Fens; lost track of how many times I got drenched; still, it's good for the skin they say

Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:14

Chris 65 I would think it would be ok

Mandicore; several layers of mesh would be good. I'm afraid I don't understand what you said about needing a stepladder?  The compost turning devices, just google them and some will come up for under a tenner. I got mine from the Centre for Alternative Technology some time back.

wasp nest

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 18:01

FG, I beg to differ My neighbour has had a wasp's nest in his garden for the last 2 years; he whinges to me that he has spent £20 trying to get rid of it. The wasps fly through a tiny gap into my conservatory and then into the house, so for the last 2 summers there have been 100 wasps in the cons every morning. I spray with Raid to kill them. Can't do that this year as have loads of food plant seedlings and a small mutt. Had to scrub down the walls and ceiling as dying wasps leave a nasty stain on everything.

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Rubbish really 
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Any suggestions welcome 
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Cuttings

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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

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Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Emptying a compost bin

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Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Cheapish potato planting bags

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