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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.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:43

That is true Bekkie. At least when I get a definite YES or a no (not yet) I will be able to move on rather than my currant plan for all eventualities.

I am finding my super sensitive hearing is not good in an open plan office as I can hear ALL the conversations going on about finances, the lack of work coming in, arseholes thinking that now people are being made redundant they're going to work it to their advantage for a £6,000 pay rise, machines breaking that we can't afford to fix... I think I might have to resort to ear plugs!!

How the NHS has changed

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:40

Your hairdresser asks you how you want your hair, your waiter how you'd like your steak. Don't expect the NHS to be any different in making you aware of all the options - especially a person like you that they will quickly realise is intelligent enough to understand everything that is going on.

They know that when a patient knows what is going on they respond better to the treatment, are more aware of things that might not be right - like shouting up about getting what could be an infection before it causes damage rather than just sitting there in pain because "the doctors know what they're doing". They NEED to tell you all this to help your treatment.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:36

Supernoodle. I'm not sure how that will work I'd already be taking a £3,500 pay drop to work for them (compared to what I currently get which is about average for my line of work). I think my only real option if I want it to work is to offer six months part time free labour for them and find myself a paid part time position to keep the money coming in. If after six months we're still not making enough money to employ me full time than I will have to decide to find a job elsewhere. I just hope that it wouldn't cause too much stress with my partner if I were working six / seven days a week

Waffle away - I really need to get out in the garden and water every thing a few plants are not enjoying the neglect of late. The weather report keeps threatening rain!

Morning Bekkie, have another cup of tea and hopefully they'll settle the tablets down!


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:28

Verdun, how come your taraxicum officionale are so very far behind mine? They've all been and gone up here. Do you grow a late flowering one special? I'd love to be able to extend the season of them in my garden they really improve the look of the lawn.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:18

Another day of sitting around in the office waiting for our 13:00 meeting tomorrow to discuss redundancy.

I'm in an awful catch 22 situation with the job I REALLY want and its rather messing with my brain. They need someone to be there getting them work, think I'd be perfect for it, but because work isn't coming in they've no funds to pay any one.

The only way around it is for me to work for nothing until the cash flow improves to the point that they can pay me but of course that doesn't pay the mortgage and I don't want to be in a situation where I start doing this work for free and they take advantage and then expect it to continue long term rather than give me a paid job.

Its all too much for my brain to absorb!!

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