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Polluted ground

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:05

sounds like a problem with the soak away there should be an area which will have been prepared with gravel and sand when the septic tank system was installed. sometimes these get silted up over time and the water doesn't soak away so much as run along near the surface. 

use your nose if its a bit wiffy round the area you are talking about then its a problem.

I'm in Ireland and the farmers round me engage in some serious muck spreading you could cut the air with a knife luckily the smell dissipates after a day.

It's a funny thing really most people don't relate meat to animals they couldn't stand to see a chicken killed for instance and prepared to the carcase that you see on the supermarket shelves. I think its the extremities which upset people the most.

Well as an  uncomfortable truth our waste goes to fertilize the fields that grow our food.  What did you think was happening to it? Imagine the size of the pile you would have if it wasn't being used. Bacteria do a fantastic job of breaking it all down, along with all the other insects and worms ect. Compost is pretty much the same thing just hasn't been through the digestive system of an animal first. 

Need I mention the most expensive coffee beans in the world have passed through the digestive system of an animal. (please don't choke on your coffee you probably don't drink the really expensive stuff). 

I wouldnt put a veg plot in the area your talking about but most other plants will thrive and you can enjoy them, without thinking about what made them grow so well whilst sitting on your plate.

The main problem you could have is water logged clay soil, there needs to be air in there and the best way to get that is get planting.


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 10:57

morning all, just starting to come out of hibernation. my garden looks a mess and it doesn't look like a day for gardening. I'm now quite busy these days with a job at a local college. I can't promise to be in often but I will keep dropping by from time to time.



Posted: 09/09/2013 at 12:48

Happy Birthday Verdun (don't think you can check unless you actually post something) 

No GW tonight so watch this

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:24

You wouldn't be surprised in beechgrove to see them gardening in their slippers

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:35

Just been printing one of my photo's and framed it

this is the photo before i printed it (it actually looks better than it seems in the frame flash against glass doesnt work for quality)


Unwelcome visitor

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 15:14

Poison may slow them down but more importantly take away the food source. clean out cans and bottles. You can burn stuff on the fire if available or even flush it in reasonable quantities.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 08:37

late night dove



Posted: 30/08/2013 at 14:35

Congratulations TT

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 22:06

hmmm from the link it says

"Larkspur is basically an annual version of delphinium, an all-time favorite perennial. Larkspur produces lovely spikes of blue, purple, pink, or white flowers in spring and summer. They look best clustered in small patches."

The other nice thing is that if i let it go to seed it should keep coming back for decades   It could be either but I like it anyway its growing mixed in with blue corn flowers. But heres another mixture its growing with


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 21:39

anyone recognise this flower?


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weeding especially grass

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Good Evening FORKERS - Page 2

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Good Evening FORKERS

a continuation of 
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