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Trying to find the best compost bin

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 18:42

I have two compost bins which keep me well stocked with good compost, but ive got one problem with them, they are situated very close to a cycamore tree and once the bins are full, the roots from the tree invade my compost so that when I come to dig it out, its full of roots from the tree.

Should i put something on the ground in the compost bin like a sheet of plastic

or just leave it as it is?


Talkback: Broad beans

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 17:27
talking about Broad Beans, I read in an article in a newspaper about a month ago or even maybe 6 weeks that it was ok to plant half a dozen or so in the greenhouse, and thats what I did, made my own paper
pots and covered them with some of this bubble wrap
and now ive got a load of plants already in flower
in the Greenhouse, and ive not got any heating at all apart from the odd candle which i leave burning overnight. Ive nop idea whether i should put them out in the garden around now, whether it gonna be too cold, but ive got to do something with them. And today ive planted another half dozen beans for a crop later in the year. The best thing however is that im the only one in the house that likes broad beans. brooklynguy.

Leaf blower/vacuum/shredder

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 10:59

hi all, ive been using mine for years 7 to be exact, and its been a godsend, ive got a huge cycamore tree at the bottom of the garden and when autumn comes out comes the machine  and i finish up with a compost bin of shredded leaves, shove a couple of spades of soil on every now and again, then turn it maybe 3 times a year and i finish up with soil which i could put on a sandwich and eat it, its that good,

Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 09:32

Hi all, I think we can take it for granted that we all have our own methods of what to use and what not to, me. like i said, I dont like using chemicals of any sort on the garden, and the wife wont let me use cow or horse manure, so it means ive got to use composting material, shes the boss in our house but dont tell everyone.  one question ive got though and that is using grit when you take cuttings etc. I see these gardeners on tv using what looks like pebbles not grit and i sometimes wonder how the seeds germinate!  just what is the size of the grit to use? is it ok to buy gritty sand from a building supply or what.  Any help appreciated. Eddie.



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Garlic planting

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 16:02

Hi everybody, its the one thing I just cant grow.   Tried everything in the books etc and they just dont happen.   I bought some giant bulbs from the IOW which you all know is the major grower in the UK and i might just as well bought some from the supermarket and planted them.

Im doing something wrong as youve already guessed.


Talkback: Insects - make your own bug box

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 13:19
Hi all, ive just made one, only took me an hour and ive placed it on a pile of logs at the bottom of the garden, so now im gonna drill the logs with different
size holes its gonna be a bit like a block of appt flats.

Leaf blower/vacuum/shredder

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 13:11

Hi guys, yea ive got one of those vacuam things and if the leaves are wet it doesnt take long to clog up the plastic wheel, its a bit of a nuisance I know but once ive chopped the leaves up, I tip it oem on the ground and do it once again  the end product is a fine mush of torn up leaves, they rot so much quicker than digging them in whole.

ive always collected the leaves off the trees, the council used to collect all them  at one time, but now they are everywhere and so easy for people like me to get some real good stuff for the garden.

Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 12:47

IVE never EVER bought fertiliser in my whole life.  I have 3 compost bins, and i compost everything that comes out of the garden, you name it andI compost it.

I collect leaves during the autumn and dig them in straight away into the garden, that gives the frost and cold weather to get to work on them, and I use the compost i make to add to the soil every year and apart from maybe a spell last year when things took a long time to get growing, ive never had any problems, I forget to say that i feed al my plants and veg with liquid from cumfry soaked in water till it smells awful and the same with nettles, thin it down to a 1 to 10 ratio approx and the stuff grows like wildfire.




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