Latest posts by BrummieBen

Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 15:52

precisely what i'm looking for, now to track another one down! Mind, I think I will just be making one, loads easier to fork it over i'm thinking. TY

Fork Handles

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 15:30

Yes tis a shame, I think it's more to do with British International (who flew the helis) using them to supply oil rigs, also machines were old and parts expensive, the tickets were getting same price as the planes, and the planes are quicker. Mind, it used to be a question in Trivial pursuit about where was the only cricket match stopped to allow helicopters to land, and it was Tresco, my Aunt was part of the greeting crew/ abbey gardens cafe staff. Oh and please be aware, everything on the islands is like twice/three times the price!!!

Fork Handles

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 15:12
Rosa carriola wrote (see)

Big excitement - have just booked holiday - based on OH saying we are not going to be ruled by M have booked for 2 and a bit weeks in Cornwall. Wow such a long time away. Can't wait well guess I'll have to - loads of gardens, maybe a trip to Tresco, definately Eden Project weeee

have also done some potting on hmm, not sure if will survive but they are now on window seat

Be aware no helicopters fly anymore, it's the 'puke-boat' or aeroplane to St Mary's only now. My Aunt and Uncle live on Tresco, Anchor cottage, (it's the house with the massive anchor stuck in the seawall in front of the road! My uncle always grows lovely annuals and agapanthus in his front garden, you may well have seen it when travelling past from the quayside (which is literally 300 yards from the quay). It is a shame what has been done to the Isles of Scilly, all thanks to the wonderful work the Dorian-Smiths have done to remove any actual true 'islanders' from anywhere other than St Mary's.

The islands are where I spent nearly every summer for 15 years for my holidays and the Abbey Gardens are splendid.

Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 14:53

Hi there! Right I have two of the big black dalek composters, I'm hoping someone can offer me some advice on how they go about turning the compost and also how they get at the compost! Firstly As I have two, the simple plan would be to use one and fill up then use the other for the fresh, the problem is I'm loathe to throw anything compostible out! So when one is full the excess goes ontop of the other! Also there is an access 'flap' at the front, although for the life of me it's too small to really get in and get at the compost. The only way I can 'turn' it currently is to unload it all from the flap and top onto tarp on the lawn then shovel back in. It's not ideal at all, I'm thinking of making a decent set of 2 big bins from 2x4's, anyone have an easier way to do it? Or do you folks think better to build my own?

Thanking you in advance

allotment vandalism !!

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 14:43
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

People who enjoy upsetting other people ....

But to be fair, there's not "so much going on" - there are plenty of allotments that I'm aware of where it doesn't happen,  It is still unusual enough to be 'news' in most places.

Sadly in some places it is a more regular occurrence, as is vandalism of all kinds, and the causes are the same - emotional, intellectual and material deprivation

you forgot the most important 'deprivation', that being mental deprivation.


Posted: 27/02/2013 at 11:35

Bear in mind the weather last year, lots of plants and shrubs have had decidely unexpected results. I'm just hoping this year we won't have quite as much rain! (Also hoping there isn't a drought now!)

That's shallot!

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 11:25

one of the best crops to plant in my book, have you SEEN the price/kilo of shallots in the supermarket? It's essentially how I decide what to grow, the things we eat the most, and how expensive they are in the shops against the difficulty. I find shallots very very simple to grow, and they go great in caseroles stews, most things!! Plant in well prepared ground about 8-10 inches apart and keep watered and weeded, that's it!!

Climbing Roses

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 11:09

2 classics for you, very easy to train and do well if looked after, golden showers and paul's scarlet

I have both, picked up very cheap from wilkinson's, £1.80 each. (Mind I only buy from wilko/pound shops if I can see life ie buds or shoots, or also if I know they have only just come instore.) The plants tend to be on the small side, but with good ground prep these guys will grow very quickly.

Edit: Paul, you think maybe the daytime temps are just not getting hot enough, perhaps try it in the greenhouse?

Cats causing problems

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 10:49

Alan and Matmats, same could be said for a huge proportion of humans these days. I have 2 cats, I have a largish garden so they usually poop in my garden. However I have created a couple of fine gravelly places that I clear out every day or so. Also, I pop around my neighbours every week or so and ask if there's any problem with my scoop in hand. It isn't the cat that is the problem, it's the owners not taking responsibility. Much the same with wildlife, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure there is a high vis collar and bell fitted.

As for your comment on what is the point of them, you are aware there are populations of rats living in this country which are completely immune to poison now? If it wasn't for the cats, particularly in cities, the mouse and rat population would be much worse than it is now. You could argue what is the point in dogs, I can personally say I haven't trod in cat poo on the pavements, but I've trod in plenty of Doggy-wotsits.

Cats are independant, whereas dogs are reliant. If you mistreat a cat it'll leave and find a new home whereas dogs stay with you because you provide the grub.

I've had dogs and cats all my life, and I'd like to say I haven't let them be a nuisance to anyone. This possibly could be because I was brought up the right way as in 'be considerate to others'. Part of a dying breed these days as everyone is having this 'selfishness' drummed into them from all advertising angles.

As I said, the cats AREN'T the problem, it's the owners. Although it must be said, a plastic bag and a scoop costs pence, for any seeds/ young plants, I always stick netting over anyways, mainly due to the pigeons/ local pets.


Posted: 23/02/2013 at 12:46

grow bushy? lol, my advice would be not to plant laurel EVER, they are thugs that will grow fast and monstrous, they have to be pruned regularly or they go out of control very quickly! If you want them to grow 'bushy', take out the top third every year, autumn or spring. Spacing and how far from the fence, I wouldn't worry too much as they will quickly grow to fill whatever gap you plant them at. Regards to the birds using, better off with hawthorn/ blackthorn or privet. Good luck!

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