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strange shoots on wet leaves

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 14:41

Wer've got similar all over the places where we spread home-made compost earlier in the year - just some sort of fungi breaking down the organic matter  - it'll disappear when the weather gets cooler.

No idea what sort but I'd be interested if anyone else knows?


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 13:59

If it's worth saying, LilyP it's worth saying twice


'Bootles'??? hic


Typing with fingers smelling of onion and garlic while they're softening on the hob ready to make a tagine for supper -  on Saturday Wonky kept talking about the tagines she makes and when Waitrose didn't have the shin of beef I wanted for a casserole for this evening, the only thing that would come into my brain was 'lamb for a tagine' so that's what we're having

OH has gone into the city on his bike for an eye test   He doesn't wear glasses, but as an artist his vision is incredibly important to him, so he has regular tests - and 'cos he's a sensible chap

A rose suitable for filling this gap?

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 13:23

There's a gardening saying 'Growth follows the knife' meaning that when you prune the plant grows back stronger - are you sure you're going to have room for another rose there when those two get going again in the spring?

Perhaps a smaller spreading perennial that could act as a bit of groundcover between the two would fit the bill?  Possibly a hardy geranium?


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 12:25

Back from raiding Waitrose - I remembered the 25% off 6 boottles of wine that Hosta so kindly arranged for us and have emptied their shelves and filled our garage. 

Liri - glad your Mum's move went well and she's not been upset by it.

Chicky - good news re OH and I'm sure you're feeling a little less tense about it all

Yvie - what lovely news

Sweet dreams Pat

((hugs)) to everyone I've missed



Quick question on a leaf mold pile

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 09:24

It depends on the amount of leaves you have - a few in the compost heap would be fine.  A lot would really slow down the decomposition.

I store mine in bin bags over the winter until the leaves have partially decomposed, then I add it in layers to the compost heaps throughout the following year - that works well for me. 

We use recycled beer and cider as an activator in the compost heaps.


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 09:21

It may be for animal feed Steve, or it may be grown as Bio-mass to be processed in anaerobic digesters to produce bio-gas for fuel, as here

leaf mould

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 09:16

Don't know about Biotal, but here's a list of other accelorators which seem to have similar ingredients

I don't use a proprietory accelorator - I follow Bob Flowerdew's example and use recycled beer and cider kindly provided by my OH - I buy the beer and cider, he processes it and provides a pint or so occasionally.  Diluted in a bucket full of water it is a cheap and effective accelorator and produces very good compost and leafmould.


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 07:43

Have a good day Wonky ((hugs)) xx


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 07:34

Do you know what variety of sweetcorn it was you grew Pam?


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 07:33

I've always had to make at least four Chicky (Good morning by the way )

One for us, one for MIL, one for Wonky and one to raffle at work for Children in Need. 

I still made four last year even though as I wasn't at work we didn't raffle one - so the spare is still sitting in the fridge  - we'll have that one this year - don't know whether MIL will need one this year as she may be away - I expect Wonky will still want one

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