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Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 14:36


Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:45

Saw a friend of mine last night who deals in 2nd hand furniture and Bric-a-brac and asked her to pick me up a baby's bath when she is next at the little local auction, to make a small pond. She said she hadn't seen one for 10 or 12 years! So what do people bathe their babies in nowadays?

East Anglia Forkers Outings

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:31

Nut, have just pm'd you


Posted: 10/09/2014 at 09:35


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?

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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Last Post: 16/09/2015 at 14:35

What is this please?

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Last Post: 10/09/2015 at 21:52

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

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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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

Weed Killer and compost bins

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

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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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? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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