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Posted: 28/02/2013 at 17:26

been lurking on this forum for a couple of years, but actually decided to be a 'poster' and have finally got around to reading some posts on this thread, it's like a good book

So Hi to everyone, I'm 38, married, 2 kids under 5, started enjoying gardening about 5 years ago, (but my folks always been keen) bought my first house 2 and a bit years ago with a BIG (well compared to new-build anyways and my ex-rented pocket hanky) garden. Trying to basically make enough raised beds to sort most of our veg, constructed 10x12' GH, currently sorting everything! Hopefully get some pics up of what has happened so far and what I hope to achieve. This thread is basically the daily banter while having a cuppa?

Everyone seems very nice and very knowledgeable, a pleasure to make your aquaintance. Oh I'm also 5 miles from Birmingham city centre and enjoyed some lovely sunshine today

Regards Ben.

MOB rants

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 17:01

Just one rant, thieving squirrel scum that out of 500 + bulbs, decides just to dig up and eat the narcissi specially bought for my missus at £1 a bulb, there's only 40 odd out of near 600, yet the swine has had 9 so far, and that is with netting laid, I'll be dusting off the air rifle at this rate, either that or baiting the heavy duty farm rat traps I have with the left over remains..

Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 16:55

indeedy! I did look at the other reviews and being a fairly hefty chap, I did see that the ones with 'wings' did look like they would break easily, whereas this corkscrew jobby seems to be exactly what the doctor ordered!

Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 13:19


Back in stock, going to take 10 days for delivery but I can wait. TY Mr Figrat sir, looking forward to trying it out.

Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 11:45
Mummy Muddy Paws wrote (see)

a polite way of saying 'paying to barf'.

I did that every weekend at uni lol

neighbours extention!

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 11:14

I'd probably erect a pergola, grow some nice climbers up and over it, have a bench or seat under it, that way your eye is drawn to the forefront rather than the extension. You could trellis the top 2 or 3 foot of the fence and train climbers up, it's all about tricking the eye, if there is lots of movement/colour/texture in front of the extension, you really won't even notice it.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 11:09

can you not move them onto window sills for a week or so til the weather gets better? I wouldn't leave a candle unattended ever, most common cause of fires in the home, and especially if you have loads of bubble wrap about.

Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 11:06
Mummy Muddy Paws wrote (see)

I scared my little boy half to death in JTF by putting the compost bin over my head and going up to the trolley he was sitting in and shouting 'EXTERMINATE!!' at him.  He was bored so wasn't paying attention, and it didn't half make him jump.  Luckily he's not a scaredy cat, so it hasn't scarred him for life.  He thought it was very funny, so now each time I empty a nappy box or get something in a box from Amazon, he nicks it and tries to dalek me back.

When empty, I can get both kids and me in it, as long as you don't try putting the lid on (I'm claustrophobic).  So when turning, I use my garden seat/kneeler thingy to stand on and get a bit of extra leverage.  Stinky job, and I'm glad I'm the extra few inches above it, so don't get the aroma undiluted!

So what happened to your son after you were taken away in a straightjacket? I rolled down the slope in our garden inside a new waterbutt once upon a time, imagine my surprise when my daughter's reception teacher asked me if it was a regular hobby of mine!!!

Welshonion may well be onto something there, but I wonder if I take it off like a bucket on a sand castle, will it collapse everywhere?

Cats causing problems

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 07:24

I do feel for you, and yes unfortunately there are many who 'keep' animals yet can't even look after themselves. My two cats were neutered immediately at 9months, and the prices that charities charge for this service there really is no excuse. On another tack, I have maybe 6-700 bulbs in my front garden and to the side of the house, out of them, 40 are 'expensive', ie 2 types of pink daffs which my OH really likes. Each bulb was £1, damn squirrel yesterday dug up and ate 4, didn't touch the cheapos!

We all have our own little battles, but chinup, got to keep hanging on in there. On a side note, jeyes fluid soaked into tea bags, or Mr muscle cleaner sprayed onto tea bags buried just under the soil where you don't want cats digging seems to work for my family and friends. Good Luck !

Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 17:52
figrat wrote (see)

I use one of these.

 I know, I do like my gadgets!


lol, if I show my mum one of these she'll want one for Mother's Day..

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