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Composting

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 10:26

The Charity 'Garden Organic' who taught us Compost Masters about making and using compost have recently advised, re turning compost; 

Two particular areas of concern are

1. Inhalation of bioaerosols (microorganisms and/or other small biological particles suspended in air)

2. Contact with human pathogens (through inhalation, ingestion or skin contact)

The good news is that 'analysis of the available world-wide literature by Garden Organic found only two reported cases of hypersensitivity pneumonitis resulting from the domestic situation.'

'Little is known about pathogens in a domestic composting situation. Research ...the risk of exposure is low...'

I do not so much turn the entire compost bin as loosen it up to make sure that air gets in to avoid the process becoming anaerobic.

Storing potted herbs

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:09

I will bump this, as I have never done woody cuttings; perhaps someone else will know, or start a separate thread for the rosemary cuttings.

After a good day in the garden

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:07

Runnyb, I posted the soup recipe on the Big Courgette thread; it is so good I'm making it for the second time!

Field Beans as Green Manure

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:02

...are field beans (which I believe are related to Broad Beans and I think are the only bean indiginous to Europe) supposed to be planted at this time of year? Or are they the type you plant in the Autumn? I would give them a bit longer; if one has sprouted maybe the others are not far behind just make sure they are in moist earth. I thought the farmers round here, who export beans to Egypt planted in the spring, but perhaps I only notice them growing in the spring.

Clear pond please !!

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:54

A small bale of barley straw, probably available from a pet shop will clear it; it's what all my neighbours use. BUT the EU in it's infinite wisdom has apparently forbidden it's use for this purpose as it has not been tested. So I would just go ahead and get the barley straw as I hear the barley straw police are having tea at the moment.

Frost?

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:50

Here in the Fens, I needed a hot water bottle last night Am worried about toms ripening if it carries on being this cold, especially at night.

After a good day in the garden

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:46

Homemade Damson wine, home grown fennel and pear soup and homemade bread with cumin and a slice of manchego (?) cheese

What is this strange plant growing on a gorse?!

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:43

Bob, thank you for that wonderful link; I also watched the 2000 year old Magnolia seed developing and the fungi releasing their spores; incredible

Composting

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:30

That hot-heap compost may still need to 'cure' for a month or 2. I have seen very high tech snazzy versions of this at the Sandringham cafe/restaurant. I think the compost was made in about 18 days, but the professional gardeners on the estate, combined with the instructions that went with the machine did not apply the compost for some time after; it was left in an open compost bay I believe.

It's my birthday

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:24

Verdun, I think your mother is very lucky to have such a caring son.

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What veg? 
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Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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How to empty a bin 
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Anyone ever grown watercress 
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