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Latest posts by BrummieBen

Jean Bailey

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 09:30

GG, I think we should get ourselves over to the rant thread, we're descending into the 'demise of social fabric' thread here!!! But I do agree, I shudder to think the type of world my grandkids in 50 or 70 years time will be living in. My Grandfather a few months before he died in 1980 said a very telling statement to my dad. 'See boy, I've just got too old for the world'.

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 09:27

Beautiful day, got up, when I checked thermostat in hallway it was reading 12.5!!! Glad of the fan heaters for the bedrooms, boiler should be fixed today. Sun is out and lovely, thinking I might get some things done today.

My 6 month old kettle has decided to start leaking, not a cheap one either, just got through on phone and will be getting a replacement, so it's all good.

Hope everyone else enjoys their day and is productive.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 23:47

not at all, but then maybe you don't live in birmingham.. I didn't live here when my eyes close. I lived in a place where 5 mins walk meant you were out in fields and bracken. slow worms newts frogs and lizards.. I lived in s wales for first 19 years of my life, and I have to say, a pretty good childhood, away from buildings and stuff.. My worry is that if people can build on greenbelt, gardens or otherwise, sets precedent, and years down the line someone will pay money so buildings can be put  on that land, then more precedent. Better it's all binned now, I'd much prefer our distant relatives, can still argue this point in 200 years, than not, because there is no green belt.

Heated Bench

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 23:34

well brum, being a ninja, (well on saving cash! 3 women in the house!) I got my hands on panel heaters.. they are rubbish for heating a room or drying clothes, BUT, they cost pennies to run, typically less than 5 p a day, and that's them on all day. I have two, back to back on a wooden frame I constructed, connected to a thermostatic plug, I am finding just how powerful they are. Currently have a tent of bubblewrap inside my gh, it's a big 'tent' because gh is 10foot by 12. Basically tent is 2/3rds.. before I got the thermostat plug these two were keeping the gh at 18 degrees lol.. So next year I'm going to have bubblewrap up to about 4 foot wrapped around my staging, obviously moved inwards from the walls, but I think most stuff will be fine, quite tempted to see if just them two panels can keep whole gh frost free, if not I could add 2 more, honestly, 20p per 24 hrs, how can u say no? By the way, I do have the thicker safety glass due to my young kids, just incase that makes a difference.

Price for the heated bench is prob pennies a day btw.

Filling a new raised bed.

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 23:21

I'm currently sticking raised beds ontop of an old lawn, which has couch in it, I have bought some good quality weed matting, and what I plan to do is lay it inside my raised bed before I add the filler. We'll see how I go I guess..


Posted: 12/03/2013 at 22:59

Sounds ok in principle, I'd go for on extreme margin of water tbh, yes beans like water, but not sat in it, their nodules fix atmospheric nitrogen, not waterbourne nitrogen. Certainly on an edge where the pond overflows after rain etc, but in the water probably not. And you'd still need a tonne of manure or organic stuff for them to stick their roots in, not sure that's a substrate I'd want right next to the overflow of my pond.. easier to dig a trench 18inch deep fill it, tramp it, fill it tramp it, fill it tramp it, (with organic stuff) then grow your beans!

Rejuvinating an hibiscus

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 22:48

Hard to say, because them hibiscus will be wanting heavy duty sun and temperatures, if you cut back they might just die back, seriously, lots of 'indoor' plants which are sold in the UK don't do very well because aside from temp, they need sunlight intensity, something the UK isn't too great on..

If they are straggly , I'd suggest moving them to the brightest place in the house, top dress and let them get on with it, if they are happy, then cut back next prunning season. The fact they are a bit bare indicates maybe light intensity isn't high enough. Just my thoughts.

just made my 1st ever hanging baskets

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 22:36

she'll love you when they flower, and when her friends come round and mention 'lovely flowers, wish my husband could do that'.. it's all a game..


Posted: 12/03/2013 at 22:28

Hi, I've been fascinated with this especially for tomatoes! I'm wondering a) how much you have to top up, and b) how long a bottle of nutrient solution lasts. I think someone on a forum said a 15 quid bottle should last you a season, in which case I'd be happy. As far as I could see, you start your seeds on tiny bits of soaked rockwool in a propagator, then you stick them in bigger bits til you reach the rockwool block size. You then plant them in your nft system resting on top of a sloping capillary mat covered piece of plastic. The pump shifts the stuff to the top of the slope and gravity does the rest.

My questions, how often do you test your medium? How many plants can you get into say a 3 ft (1 mtr) pod? Also, it seems the support is the main problem.. any advice, or is wire from above the way to go? And the main one, on a hot day in the green house, even with shade, how much you top up each week?

Like I said, I've been interested, but until you know someone to show you, it's hard to justify the investment.

Compost v topsoil

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:52

usually go 60/40 on soil to compost, I thought everyone did this? I pity the people using just compost in pots when it's sunny for a week. Soil gives the medium 'weight' so it isn't blown away, and also it can absorb water.. try wetting compost after a drought of a week, you just can't, it's like the dried -up crust of a cow turd, damn near waterproof.

For stuff like summer bedding, I'd stay the same, but give them tomato feed or high potash feed, something to keep the flowers or fruits going.. if you are giving them the nutrient once a week, the only thing the compost is doing is providing soil structure. After a month with things like summer bedding (high feeders) the compost will be exhausted anyways..

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