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bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:26

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51294.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 Sorry it is such a bad pic, I was standing some distance away and using a zoom (god I hate these f....g digital cameras!!!!) with my old PROPER camera with FILM I could have taken a half way decent shot of this.  It is a photo of the baby robins, taken so quickly so they would not be disturbed.

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:29

The robin's eggs have hatched; hurrah

What do you do with garlic?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:26

I'm still using garlic from last year; I tie it with string (you can plait the soft neck varieties) and hang it up in the kitchen

Composting leaves

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 17:08

The oak leaves will take a long time to break down in a compost bin; why not make a leafmould system either as Dove suggests above, or a circle of chicken netting with a netting lid, so they get ventilation and then either add to your compost bin after 1 year or leave for 2 years for leaf mould, which is v. useful for sowing seeds.

I have just taken part in the Compost Master Event at the Royal Norfolk Show. What we call A Wormery is a layered container with Tiger or Brandling worms, the same ones that fishermen buy and it is used for non meat and fish, raw and cooked kitchen waste and a small amount of garden waste. The worm casts fall into the tray below the top and a liquid falls into the bottom tray which usually has a tap; dilute this 10/1 with water and you have a brilliant plant food.

What we call composting is done in a large container; wood/plastic without layers, there is no need to add worms - they just arrive as part of the process. It takes no meat and fish and only uncooked kitchen waste and lots of garden waste.

A hot bin (£159 approx) is a fairly new product with thick polystyrene walls and can achieve 60 c within about 36 hours. Wood chips have to be added to it. As it gets to such high temperatures you can put meat and fish waste in there; it makes compost in 30-90 days. Simples

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 16:53

thanks Dove

Tips for using a propagator

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 16:52

I use a (heated) propagator for germinating seeds in winter and spring,  will hopefully be using it for late summer cuttings also. I only got it this winter, so am still experimenting. I did spring time cuttings in the conservatory in zip up plastic bags, without extra heat. With your propagator, I would use it for seeds when the weather is not too good. If it is on a sunny window sill, open the vents so the seeds don't cook and close them at night. I water the compost when sowing the seeds, put the lids on and let the condensation keep the soil moist. If the soil is drying out, chances are it is getting too hot.

Tips for using a propagator

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 22:31

Is it a heated propagator?

How the Americans see us!

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 22:26

BusyB, I can't access that link

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 22:19

Thank you all for the info about bees; I haven't seen them close up, only from a distance, they are smaller than bumble bees and my builder said they are in the roof space or between the tiles so a beekeeper would not be able to access them.

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 10:32

jatnik... I have a fearsome Jack Russell, so I don't think any cats will dare, hopefully, to attack and rats have all been scared off too.

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