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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.

morrisions and a kwiw

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:56

I would try to find out what temperature they need; may be a green house plant?

Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:53

Mandicore, so sorry to hear that you have health problems. I think you are a star to even think of composting.

If you can manage it, 2 bins are better than one; so one is cooking while you fill the other.

You need fine but HEAVY duty wire mesh, or a solid base; some bins do have them I believe, but access to earth is better. If you can get one of the compost turning devices and are able to use it that would also deter any vermin.

Hope this helps

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