Latest posts by BrummieBen

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 22:41

can I ask why you use liners? Why not just use the caddy, and when it's full, empty it and then wash it out? What is the point of liners exactly? I mean washing the caddy out takes all of 30 secs with hot water?

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 22:36

what did I say LeadFarmer? Some lovely gardens here, and thanks for sharing, for someone like me, each pic is a million words! Very nice garden Wintersong, there is a flow which makes the person keep guessing, if I can get close to that, I'll be very happy.


Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:49

very nice LeadFarmer, please add your pics to the gardens 2013 thread in the pottingshed section. I'm sure everyone else will enjoy your pics.

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:43

They use vole and mouse holes, it is actually the smell of mouse or vole on the bedding that entices the queen to nest there. Bees are in decline due to habitat destruction and lack of food sources, also been walloped with bad summers last couple of years and the use of nasty sprays that kill them too. So if I can help out in some small way, then it's all good. I love Bumbles, the noise they make and the fact they are so docile and non-confrontational, unlike nosey wasps, who seem to have a finger on the stinger at every opportunity.

Heated Bench

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:35
Brumbull wrote (see)

Just  watched this Ben and i think there are definate advantages of having one of these especially if your striking cuttings

indeed, should last a while too! very simple to make, and due to the size of mine, helps keep the GH frost free too.


Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:17

watch gardening vids, research projects and plants and look after the kids as it's mother's day!

Watering Systems

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:03

I did extensive 'research' on this over the last few months, hozelock make nice systems but they are limited and expensive. Far easier to make your own to exactly the specification you require.

this to attatch to outside tap (if you plan on running several lines

13mm irrigation hose

then one of these kits (can be picked up in wilko or cheapo shops for a few quid normally.

then u need a basic watering computer, the simple ones are about 30 quid.

here's a vid of how to set it up

You can add all sorts of different types of drippers, depending on what style of watering you want to achieve.

Yes expensive if you buy from B&Q, but you can source lots of this stuff cheaper around the net. You also will be able to tailor the system precisely to your needs. If you look at professional systems, you will notice they tend to always use 13mm hose rather than 4 mm. This is because the 4mm can block much easier, if you use the 13mm as the 'feeder' pipe then individual 4mm piping, you have better control and also if there is a blockage, it's only on one dripper. The 13 mm pipe can also be used directly on beds with drippers inserted straight into the 13mm pipe.

Hope that gives you some food for thought.


Heated Bench

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 11:38

I made one by using this site and a video by toby buckland, be aware when it's full it weighs a tonne!

cost about 60 quid should last a lifetime and can germinate 8 trays a time.



Fork Handles

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 09:56

Morning, and Happy Mother's day to everyone! Trying to snow here, finishing sowing my chilli seeds today, watching rugby then making nice dinner for 'The Boss' tonight. Have a good one folks!

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 14:22

 Just Brilliant!

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