Latest posts by BrummieBen

Composter or wormery?

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 18:02

If you can get your dalek somewhere that gets the sun even in the winter, you'll find the black plastic is surprisingly effective with temps, even when I had snow, the tops had snow on but around the base there was little to none, so it seems the temps stay a bit higher. I can't believe you haven't got an access door on yours? If you haven't, it'd be fairly simple to make one by cutting out a hatch, and using the cut out side of an   old bucket or something, then use a couple of stakes to keep the hatch shut.

Having said that, it is fairly straight forward to build a compost bin that is very attractive and has easy access. (Basically the slats that make the front wall can be lifted out)There are loads of youtube vids on this, there's a particularly nice plan of one in alan titchmarshes 'how to be a gardener' book too. His actually looks like a dolls house!


Posted: 08/04/2015 at 11:41

Well I tried!!! Garden still needs loads doing, but my youngest is now nearly 4, so we are getting to the stage where she can come out and 'help' without me needing the pair of eyes on the seat of my pants!

Bargain Plants

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 11:17

One of the most satisfying bits of enjoyment for me, 'rescuing' what appears to be dead, breathing life back into them, then appreciating the lovely plants for pennies!!!


Posted: 08/04/2015 at 11:15

Good morning, ventured back after near 2 years, glad to see some faces still kicking about, weathers been lovely so far this week, and HUGE amounts to try and do. Enjoy your gardening folks

Secateur review

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 11:09

You can use a sharpening stone following the curve of the top blade. I bought one that is a little like a pen that is retractable. The trick with anything sharp, is little and often, if you give them a couple of minutes every week or so, they are always sharp!

Composter or wormery?

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 11:02

I have two Daleks, I also had same problem with turning, by asking on here a couple of years back I was told to buy one of these : . Mine is slightly different, but still has the corkscrew bottom. I turn mine every week or so, it speeds the composting up massively, and is quite a good back and shoulder work-out! I also have a wormery, but that is mainly for the worm tea. I bought it second hand on gumtree for about 30 quid. Best of both worlds, any sort of garden, be it veg or borders, you need a compost bin, you will generate loads of good stuff that you can turn into a fantastic mulch for your garden. Worms simply aren't quick enough to break things down, unless you are willing to use an old blender on everything you give them. A corkscrew aerator with a dalek bin, trust me, the difference it makes is huge. Good Luck.

new house new garden and unknown plants

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 10:44

Stuff is a nightmare, I have it growing in the half inch gap between path and side of the house, back every year without fail, despite constantly being removed, fresh growth trampled and then glyphosphate applied 3 times a year!! (The leaves are so waxy and hairy the weedkiller won't penetrate hence crushing them up!) Yep it 'supposedly' doesn't like acid soils, however it grows all over my acid soil, and the roots are a PITA. It ALWAYS grows back, takes probably 3 seasons to get rid of it and being very studious about removal too. For the amount of flower, I'm not that keen, prefer forget-me-nots, same cover, same flowers nearly, WITHOUT the PITA roots. The leaves are unpleasant and as it's an invader I haven't seen anything eating it at all. Oh did I mention it spreads like Billyo too? It stays WELL away from my compost, fit for the fire or council only I'm afraid. I can see it might be nice in a wildlife garden but I would think it's too large and will quickly crowd out everything else. My opinions on the dreaded thing!!

Lawnmower care

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 01:23

disassemble working parts, thorough clean, if you have petrol still in tank allow machine to run dry, once cleaned.. you could consider doing oil change before winter storage,  and let machine run the remaining petrol.. you'll still need to check come spring but chances are the oil will be fine, and your engine will have the protection through the winter months..

Leaf blower/vacuum/shredder

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 01:19

Even easier still, live in a city? Then people do all the work for you.. simply stop outside houses with bags of leaves on drive.. knock door and ask if you can take them.. empty out on lawn then use mower over them a few times.. then use garden vac on them simply to pick up the pieces.. only downside is expect a mad amount of worm activity on your lawn.. still that can't be a bad thing eh?

Heating for sheds?

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 00:42

if you have mains.. use what I do, panel heaters.. I have 2 heating 3/4 of my 12 foot x 10 foot greenhouse. Yes I have bubblewrapped the glass and made a 'door' of sorts, coupled with a plugin thermostat, costs pennies a day to run and keeps GH at 7-8 C.

I also have two panel heaters inside my shed, again rigged to a plugin thermostat, keeps my shed.. well workshop, (maybe size of a single car garage!) nice and happy at 18! again pennies a day to run all day.I looked at parafin, infact i got several heaters from older relatives, but for me the condensation was too much, and also they costed out more than the panels..

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