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Talkback: Wormery composters

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 10:41

I bought the wriggly wrigglere can of worms a few years ago and last year decided to restart it so I ordered the worms and supplement food treat and got it going again,  I've had gallons of "worm tea"  for fertiliser so hopefully a good year for tomatoes ....

But I have a problem with flies, I don't add anything citrus or any onion it is wet and smelly despite having a tarpaulin over and I have bought Diatomaceous Earth to puff around the inside which hasn't made a lot of differnce. I am now adding shredded. Paper to try and soak up the moisture. 

Any ideas what else I can try to get rid of the flies without harming the worms ? They seem perfectly happy in the bottom tray and survived the mild winter In South Wales

When can I start sowing ?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:54

never too late ! I'm just a little early 

When can I start sowing ?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:51

Thank you 

When can I start sowing ?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 08:08

Thank you

i think I might do a batch of tomatoes chilli pepper and aubergine sweet peas and find a space indoors  to get them going then move them to the green houseand leave some for when it's a bit warmer sow the rest in the greenhouse 

When can I start sowing ?

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 20:06

Hi folks I'm determined to make 2015 a better year I've chosen the Which?'s recommend peat free seed compost and I have a handful of seed packets so I'm wondering is it too soon to start sowing tomatoes chilli aubergine basil sweet peas and dill in an unheated green house which is lined with bubble wrap? 

I don't want to heat the green house and I  haven't got any big window sills, I'm in South Wales and the outside temp has been around 4-9c in the day ?


Any thoughts ?

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 19:44

thank you 

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 19:18

Thanks Verdun, I've lost a few begonias after discovering they were full of holes but the blooming things I have them drying out in the corner of the green house, is there anything i can do to the tubers before potting them on to ensure they are bug free ? would washing them be sufficient ?

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 14:30

I have four window boxes and they gave destroyed all of my plants from the bottom up, I think tipping them out on to sone huge trays and letting the birds have a feast but I'm not sure if it's worth putting the compost back in or should I start again ? If I tip them on to the veg patch will it do future planting any harm?

No compost reviews at B&Q

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:40

If you can’t find any peat-free, ask for it. Consumer demand is the single most powerful way to get retailers and manufacturers to change their ways.

More than 94 per cent of the UK’s lowland peat bogs have been destroyed or damaged, and a wealth of wildlife along with it. Bogs take thousands of years to form and are home to all sorts of colourful plants, from the signature sphagnum to carnivorous sundew, bladderwort, bog myrtle and cotton grass (which isn’t really a grass at all!). They provide an environment for rare dragonflies, spiders and other invertebrates and a feeding ground for birds such as the golden plover, meadow pipits and skylarks.

These days bogs are also of interest because they act as stores of carbon dioxide, and harvesting them releases it into the atmosphere.

You can find out what some of the major retailers offer in the way of peat-free composts in The Wildlife Trusts’ leaflet For Peat’s Sake.

 I'm still trying to make my own compost.....

No compost reviews at B&Q

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 15:59

I bought verve peat free compost and peat free grow bags this year - major disaster I will never buy it again it's so dry and and course with very little nutrient content I've lost lots of plants and lots of plants that just won't grow, who keeps there B&Q receipts and his on earth would you go about complaining ? Invite the manger to inspect your green house !  I want to be environmentally friendly and stay peat free

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