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Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 10:42

Dainti. Thank you ever so much for this.

The garden is large (not huge, just large) with half of it given over to lawn which I think would fill a Dalek very quickly (in the past I was putting half of the grass in the green bin for recycling and half in the compost as so to not overwhelm the compost bin as all too clearly I can remember fathers green slimy mounds where he would dump the grass clippings from his huge front lawn and nothing ever seemed to happen to the pile). We also have all our vegetable waste from the kitchen and lots of hedging / trees to keep pruned not to mention the shredded paper from the office (we try to compost everything we can).

Positioning is a bit more tricky. I'm thinking of clearing cat poo corner which is lined by a hedge one side and a fence the other to site the bins there (as its tucked up out of the way by the vegetable plot, I'll be able to paddle up the footpath in the winter rather than going over the grass, and it wont provide an easy access point for anyone thinking they can retrieve lost footballs from the school next door) but I'm not sure how much sun it'll get there. I'll see if I can think of anywhere else suitable!

It looks like two or three pallet builds may be the way forward.


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 10:25

So are you going on a tour somewhere Clueless? I know many of my chums in the 4x4 world do a tour of Europe (or at least parts of it) for Help 4 Heroes. Will we see you jetting off around Britain? I for one will be sure to wave!

What a lovely charity. I've never heard of them before!


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 09:15
punkdoc wrote (see)

Evening all. What a day. I have been meeting with groups of GPs to discuss the problems that patients are telling us they have with access to services. Unfortunately the GPs seem to be saying that it is all your fault: for being ill at the wrong time, by trying to book an appointment during working hours, by wanting an appointment when you are not at work etc etc.

Oh dear We really do try not to get ill at inconsiderate times (unless its Monday morning and we're 8 years old...) but there never seems to be enough doctors to go around! I have been trying to get a doctors appointment since August (ran out of tablets in September) and know that with the icy weather approaching it'll be little old ladies going over and the rise of chesty conditions meaning the poor GPs will be absolutely packed out. You can almost understand why A&E get a hammering with so many "coughs and colds" when lack of GP appointments + lack of common sense are combined

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

After I posted this morning I went out to give the horses their horse nuts Archie bit Hannah who tried to bite Lena (the underdog/horse) who leapt forward onto me, I went flying and someone trod on my thigh. Been feeling bruised and sorry for myself all day. Thigh much better, although swollen but neck now hurts and is very stiff. Had horses here for 22 years and never been knocked over before.

Oh no! Are you okay? Hope its not feeling too uncomfortable today. Keep an eye on it x

Yesterday we suffered the first parking woes caused by yummy mummies from the school in the next street. Presumably there was a school nativity play going on as our tiny little street was Bedlam! I only just managed to squeeze between the gaps to get to our driveway (mainly because I knew my car wasn't going to come off worse if I slightly caught the cars blocking my drive / the pavement / anyone from safely seeing around the corner on the road - hey its fair game if you park in a foolish manner!) but my poor neighbour in his works van was unable to get within five streets from home (understandably not too impressed at not being able to use his own driveway) and couldn't get onto our driveway so he could at least unload his shopping. He said he tried putting traffic cones down once (as they have done directly outside the school) but the parents just moved them! Its a shame the school can't open up the nice huge tarmac playground for parking when they've events on but presumably health and safety would have a fit!

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:54

Thanks Artjak I'll have a look into those. Speed isn't really an issue, but it would be nice to avoid the major pitfalls of compost bins when I get them. The Dalek for instance didn't seem easy to mix and aerate but was smell free and easy to install / plonk on the ground.

Dove - I get the feeling that the neighbours cat would be the better bet at deterring rats. Its certainly doing a good job of ensuring only a plucky robin gets near my feeders!

Growing your own fruit and veg to donate to food banks

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:52

Correct me if I'm wrong but don't Food Banks only accept tinned food? The poster I saw at our local shopping centre certainly seemed to indicate that.

Are you also including in your study encouraging users of the Food Banks (where possible) to grow their own foods? Though a novice myself if a cooperative type arrangement was formed I'd happily give time to help others grow vegetables / fruit  in return for help if I needed it and put my surplus produce into the collective pot. I wonder if some allotment societies do this already?


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 13:19

I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. Do you mean to say that it is not natural / normal for a plant to grow that is unable to bear fruit (infertile if you like)?

If the seed was from a tree growing happily in an old rambling orchard than we'd consider natural / normal in greater depth. But my understanding is that you are likely to be getting your seed from a FARMED tree - one that has been bred for the purpose of producing big fruits with little weak seeds that are unlikely to ever be anything more than (simply put) the runt of the litter. There is a lot of development and research that goes into growing fruit trees to ensure that farmers get to pick the fast growing / produce that travels well / large crop producing / glossy coloured fruit / trees (while protecting their livelihood by having plants that don't produce the good quality seeds your rivals need to simply pot up and wait to reap the rewards).


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 12:57

Gosh sounds like you've been really busy Mrs G!

Compost Bins

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 12:56

Plans for the re-design of the garden are going well (if you ignore the whole a) huge demands on my chainsaw b) saving up for all of this c) several tonnage of top soil that needs moving d) fact that we've not actually done more than sweep the leaves up so far).

But one thing that got me thinking was what kind of compost bin is best for a garden.

I used to have a Dalek in my old garden but I wasn't there long enough to harvest from it so I've no idea if it would have proven to be a huge success (I mean it was for the family of rats who lived in it despite my throwing carrots peelings onto their little heads in the morning...) There's a Dalek in the current garden and two somewhat rotten wooden frames full of grass clippings and all look quite fresh in terms of prospective compost.

In your eyes, what makes a really good compost bin? Is plastic fantastic or should I be getting the wood saw out and making wooden frames similar to the one Clueless put up recently for us to marvel at the fantastic handy work.

Ideas tips pictures and advice would be gladly appreciated!

4 Days, 24 Prizes

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 10:45

It works fine for me (when I remember its there!)


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 09:16
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

 it's sneaking up on us 

Oh don't! I THINK I've got all the gifts sorted out now (partner still hasn't started his yet and he's only shopping for one person - my brother!) So can sit back and pace til the postman comes but it just doesn't feel like the festive period has kicked off yet, I feel more as though its October (mind you I don't watch that much television so its not being pushed down my throat with festive adverts for tat). I think we need a little bit of snow (just a little mark you) to remind us that the Solstice is on its way!

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