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Latest posts by BrummieBen

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 09:49

Morning folks! What a difference a glorious sunny day makes! No fireworks, she just wanted my body as a her own personal central-heating! A day full of hope, by the end of it I'm thinking heating will work, and I might have some raised beds done! No nights til monday so I'm good. Regards to retirement, I've figured by the time I get close to retirement, it'll be mandatory to work until dead. It'll be 71 by 2016, another 20 years? be easily 76+. Nope I got another 15-20 years or so, hopefully will have 2 or more properties by then. Then I shall sod off to the philippines (where my lovely wife is from) and live the high life for the rest of my days. Certainly won't be considering frosts any longer!

Opinions wanted

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 23:53

This is NOT the same as our lovely granny with a pond, these guys have been renting the whole time, yes it's a shame that a wonderful garden is going to be trashed, but this public effort is trying to find someone to tend it. It is unreasonable for the landlord ask his new tennants to tend it, and he or she doesn't want it to die, hence the papers, bit of a non-story tbh.

Heated Bench

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 23:40

well, when I get my shed sorted, I'm going to be able to do soooo sooo much more. Mainly because I'll be able to get at all my stuff.


actually going all out here, maybe we can arrange you and your wife to come around sometime? Not sure on your child/wife arrangements, but can accommodate for an afternoon, maybe a bbq etc.. Seem a top fella, be nice to meet you in real life.

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 23:37

jesus, you miss 3 hrs, you've missed the lot! nn folks, enjoyed catching up the 4 pages!!!!!! Freezing here, but missus telling me she'll keep the bedroom hot, an opportunity too good to miss. Damn Arkright! See everyone tomorrow.

Heated Bench

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 17:51

Nah, serious bud, if it's in the greenhouse like mine, you need one sunny day and temps are fine. It takes a while from cold otherwise, but the heaters work well providing you get the correct length for the size you need. I have only used some recycled compost bags to line the box, no need for polystyrene, it seems once you get the damp sand up to temp on a decent sized bench, it has no problems maintaining the temps. Just use the propagator kits from wilco etc, just to stick over trays and cell trays. Also saved a few 3 litre pop bottles with the bottom end cut off , make great bell cloches. Next year I'm going to try growing spinach through the winter in drain pipes sat on my bench. Be something to try eh?

How do I chit sprouted Poatoes?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 17:44
square foot wrote (see)

Sacks,container just reduce production even if they make it bit easier to grow.

More eyes you have the more potatoes you will get. number eyes does not deciede the size of the tubers. that is determined by how long there are in the ground and the potato variety. you will never get baking size potatoes off a fingerling variety.

you've made 4 'square foot' accounts now, planning something john cobb?

Heated Bench

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 17:12

This is indeed what I researched also, the cost isn't really that high at pennies a day, I also liked the fact you can make it any shape or size to suit your needs. Currently, I have sown some birdeye chilli seeds and that's it, I'm not worried about rushing to germinate anything because I can do 8 trays in one go. The thing I wait for is the light intensity, once that's up, then it'll be all systems go. It makes a big difference as you don't end up having seed trays all over the house, and with 2 kids under 5 that doesn't work too well!

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 14:53

bloody gas fella came and found he needed another part, no heating tonight either! Had a clear up of my greenhouse, washed out all my propagator stuff, located the seed compost, sorted my seeds. I plan to sow this weekend, whether it happens or not is anyone's guess. Started cutting my scaffold boards, got a fair bit done today, just wish the heating was working

Injuries from milking aren't something I 've ever come across, been a nurse for nearly 14 years.

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 11:30

carpal-tunnel from excessive milking? Well I certainly didn't see that one coming, hope your hands feel better soon.

veg suitable for shade.

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 11:23

brassicas and spinach, lettuce and it's varients will do ok, but not their best, leeks again will do ok.

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

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clematis - The President

Prune or not?? 
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The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

It's back, trying biological control this time. 
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bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

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Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

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water those poor souls!

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Last Post: 20/04/2013 at 09:35

Back after a long slog

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Last Post: 18/04/2013 at 22:46

anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 12:46

So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

well not really 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 09:28

Fine Green beans in the shops

What are they? 
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Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 18:33

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 12:09

Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
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Needing old mouse or vole nests

Bumble Bee nestbox project 
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Last Post: 11/03/2013 at 19:48

While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
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