Barbara Harrison

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Shed problems - thoughts please

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 10:33


Shed problems - thoughts please

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 19:15

Thanks for the replies: they cheered me up! Stinky fish sounds like a good idea. Our visitors are quite resourceful and seem to be aware of most efforts to dissuade them. We have tried a hidden camera but they found it and removed it. That was the only occasion the police were interested and that was because there was a theft. So the next step seems to be stinging nettles and fish. Wish me luck.

Shed problems - thoughts please

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 19:16

I would really appreciate any comments, advice or just a sense of perspective on my current shed problem.

The shed in question is on our allottment which backs onto a tree lined slip road to a large roundabout. The seclusion offered by the trees and shrubs means that anyone can climb the boundary fence unseen to gain access to the allotments. Over the past few years there have been break - ins to the sheds. If we padlock them we end up having to repair or replace the doors as they just break them down.

The current development which is really upsetting, is that there are a regular group of people, probably kids, who have taken over our shed as a place to smoke and hang out. I have to say that so far apart from leaving rubbish there has been no damage. Occasionally they leave the odd 10p. No one ever seems to see them so we have no idea how regularly or at what time they visit. We have painted the fence with anti climb paint but apparantly with the help of an old bike tyre and something to put on the fence, getting over is no problem. My husband thinks that as long as they are not damaging anything we should put up with it but I find it upsetting. It is a violation of my private space and I don't see why we should accept it. Any thoughts? Any thoughts are welcome.

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coffee grinds

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 19:43

I use them around acid loving plants. My blueberries seem to like it. Sadly, so do the slugs. It deters cats from fouling an area but needs refreshing regularly.

Parsnip Failure.

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 19:31

I sow Hollow Crown, Kings Seeds. They germinate pretty well.

Mice in the compost bin

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 20:22

We have always had mice in our compost at home and at the allotment. The only problem is the shock they give me when I disturb the heap. My husband did try humane traps but quickly got fed up. It seems that for every one caught there were more waiting to take their place!

spuds in ?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 19:21

Here in the NE we have had a week of frosts again so the ground will be far too cold. This year Easter is quite early so I will be planting sometime that weekend. I will be covering the bed with fleece just in case.

First Pickings 2015

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 11:06

Up here in the NE it has been dull and overcast for months so the early carrots I usually get from the polytunnel just aren't growing. Seems to have been a long winter but spring can't be fer away.

Does size matter?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 15:38

Thanks for the comments; I will experiment. Sorry for taking so long to reply.


Posted: 15/02/2015 at 18:59

All methods of composting will create liquid. If it isn't drained you can end up with a soggy smelly mess. Draining it onto a patio would be messy. I believe wormerys create liquid but have a facility to drain it off to be used as plant food

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