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Posted: 04/07/2014 at 13:53

Good news!

Bosses incompetency saves the day!

Rather than work out the financial implications / benefits to the "solutions" we offered him (on Tuesday) that would involve us all keeping our jobs (all be it reduced in hours and pay) in advance of the meeting he decided instead to "minute them" (we know what they sodding are - we wrote them!) and says he will then discuss them with the other bosses some time next week (they'll be busy in development meetings - nice to know their priorities are on the future rather than the RIGHT NOW and their CURRENT staff).

The ship is sinking fast but at least it means that we all get another week at full pay. Not that from what the accountant told me they'll actually have any money left to pay any of us this month.


Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 09:14

Sounds like you'll need to experiment a little Bekkie!

Compost smells of Jeyes fluid or bitumen

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 09:11

If you've still go the receipt take it back to Aldi and don't run the risk.


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 09:09

Morning all. I am still around. Very late night last night working on the vehicles so brain wasn't in gear first thing.


Now sat at my desk waiting for the meeting which is at 13:00. I get the feeling however this meeting will be more about bull poop than about making a decision (which at least means they then have to pay me another week!)


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 16:08

Need a giggle? (If I'm not made redundant tomorrow) I have booked Monday off. Its my partners birthday and we had plans to go out for the day, explore the area, walk around the park, treat him to a nice pub meal for lunch...

Anyone care to come up with suggestions as to what my darling partner might have forgotten to do that makes his attendance on this wonderful day out rather tricky?

Options for improving soil nutrients

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 16:00

Bekkie if you get the chance do get one! I've been finding it really interesting being able to see the worms in action as they break the composting down. Edd is quite the source of knowledge when you're starting out too and has explained elsewhere on the forum how to get the worms (they're not like normal earth worms) cheaply if not free!


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 15:54

My Engagement Aloes are potted up happily on the windowsill in the spare room Phillppa. I fear they wouldn't notice insanity here if I tried!

 Yviestevie I hope your daughter doesn't get too frustrated with her leg. I can't imaine being in cast in such hot weather

Options for improving soil nutrients

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 11:19


I've got four compost bins in the garden and one wormery - non of them smell, and with lids on you don't really get any flies or such like. One of the compost bins I got for very little off the local selling site on Facebook which really helps keep the cost down.

I haven't had the wormery long enough to know how well its working but they are meant to be much quicker at breaking the material down than just a normal compost bin. Edd will tell you more when he logs in later.

Another free option for you might be to make your own nettle leaf plant food. I made my first batch some weeks ago and it is stewing away in a sealed tub around the back of the shed. I'm sure you've lanes / fields / hedges / neighbours somewhere nearby that you could forage the nettles from.

Here's a link on how to make it:


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 11:05

The British Beekeeper Association should be able to help you find a local keeper.

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 11:04

Thanks Invicta! Dependent on the job front I'm hoping to visit a couple of local garden centres to see if I can find one nearby that has a good range of herbs. The last two I visited were very disappointing in terms of variety and quality.

Nutcutlet - we have those little jars too but I find the flavour disappears far too quickly despite buying the more expensive brands. I've already seen a beautiful way of storing home grown dried herbs in test tube style jars with lids which hopefully I'll get to try next year!

I've started playing around with ideas for plants and hopefully when his family come over his father and grandfather will cast their very green fingers over it for further consult so we can be sure I'm not putting plants that love their drink with ones that just can't handle it.

I love the idea of the salad herbs - I am planning on putting guttering up a side of one of the greenhouse walls in a trellis type arrangement to provide some shelter from the sunshine for delicate seedlings and also to create more (slug resistant) planting area for the likes of salad leafs and maybe strawberries. I'll research to see how much space Sorrel, Salad Burnet and Purslane like to have to see whether they could grow next to the trellis or even in the guttering.

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