Latest posts by burhinus

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 22:06

Dont accept the crap purchased from Wickes etc. Take it back and complain. If you purchase and say nothing they will keep producing.

I think the council are supposed to heat treat their green waste but when I think of all the rubbish I take to the green collection site, I would not want to touch it with a barge pole.  All the good stuff I keep for my own compost. In addition to making compost I have also started saving leaves this last Autumn to make a leaf mulch. After 1 year it is supposed to be useable but fantastic after 2 years. Cannot wait to see the reuslts in 2013. I am going to mix it into my own compost.

Making Compost

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 22:01

You could have compost in a beehive bin in about 12 weeks. They are not veryo good for turning though. Just a small hatch at the bottom to dig it out and tip into another container. I would probably only turn once ot twice.

Making Compost

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 20:07

Monty Don chops all his material up by putting it in a huge contained area and running over it with an old lawnmower before forking it into his main bin.

clay soil

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 22:24

We moved into our new home 2 years ago and it has very heavy clay, which had not had much mulching. We started straight away digging in compost and placing a good mulch of wood chips on the surface. Improvements are slight but noticeable, I am expecting to have a reasonable tilth in about 4 years of continual improving.

Gardeners World

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 22:12

Hi SwissSuze, I have just started a compost thread under 'Tools and Techniques'.  Hope it gets a good response for you.

Making Compost

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 22:09

There was a request for something like this in another topic so, how do you do it?

I have 2 areas made from pallets with a plastic inner liner and one large purpose built plastic bin.

I cover the pallet areas with plastic bags and carpet to retain heat.In goes all vegetable waste from the house, plus teabags, eggshells (broken up), old growbags, lawn clippings, ash from the fire and brown paper and loo roll tubes. I also occasionally mix in a bag or two of horse manure.

I rotate them around moving the contents by turning it over and placing it in another bin. All fairly standard stuff. I am pleased with the result.

slugs and snails

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:56

As quick as a flash rosie plum.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:03

H.ello joined about a week ago. Gardening on heavy clay in west suffolk

slugs and snails

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 21:27

A good old Chrysant growers trick there rosie plum.

I have just returned from a Slug hunting trip. Caught 24 tonight all feeding happily under my Melon skins.

slugs and snails

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 20:05

Earwigs like damp conditions. You could try a moat of dry material to keep them off your plants. Not 100% as they can fly.

Try rolling up newspaper and wet it down slightly, place in your garden where you are finding earwigs. Leave overnight and check in the morning you might have some inside the roll. burn the roll to destroy your pests and repeat.

Discussions started by burhinus

Making Compost

As site dedicated to the making of perfect compost 
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I am thinking of creating a drought tolerant gravel garden 
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