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How do you prick out antirrhinum

Posted: Today at 04:13

You can try some now. 

Do you have thousands. I know they are small/tiny.

Leave the rest and see how they develop. Some will die and (you might need to remove them) you can pick them off but I would say you need to thin them out any way at this stage.

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: Today at 04:04

Will worms digest sawdust?

The short answer to this question is no. Worms do not possess the
digestive capability to process (and derive nutrients from)
materials such as woodchips and sawdust. 

Pure sawdust has an extremely high C:N ratio. It has an
extremely resistant structure - made up of cellulose, hemicellulose
and lignin, the compounds responsible for the strength and
structural integrity of woody plants (just look at trees)

Woody wastes tends to be broken down very slowly over
time, primarily by fungi. This is not to say that you can't make
sawdust and woodchips more worm-friendly and then use it as a
food source. Some extra steps will be necessary.

If I wanted to use some sawdust in my worm systems I would first
mix it with something rich in nitrogen - farm animal manure would
be a great choice - then let it sit for at least a few months to
encourage some rotting. large hot composting piles will help.

Another opertinity is to use the sawdust to
grow edible mushrooms, such as Shitake or Oyster mushrooms, which
actually rely on woody materials for their nutrition. Then when
your crop has finished fruiting you can mix the spent substrate
(which will be full of fungal mycelium) with other worm foods,
such as manure or food scraps, and start feeding it to your

Wood digesting fungi such as these have specialized enzymes which
aid in breaking down the resistant structure of woody materials,
rendering them more prone to attack by other microorganisms.

Woodchips and saw dust can't soak up moisture the way paper and
cardboard can, so apart from offering little nutrition they can't
even be used as an inert bedding material (unless well rotted and
mixed with other materials).

Something else to keep in mind if you are thinking about using
sawdust or woodchips in your worm beds - even if you do mix them
with manure etc and allow them to rot, you are almost certainly
going to be left with some woody debris in your vermicompost.

For the casual hobby vermicomposter this certainly isn't a big
deal, but for someone who is keen to sell their castings this
might be an important consideration since your final product may
not look as finished as you would like it to (even if it may still
be an excellent compost).

Seedling/Weed ID

Posted: Today at 03:14

Great result.

You must Try sterilising you seed compost, before you begin. It's only for a short time before you pot on. 

Your results speak for themselves. 

Isn't nature wonderful 

Lilies & Cats

Posted: Today at 03:03

True lilies Mark 499?

Please expand

How do you prick out antirrhinum

Posted: Today at 03:01

Yes it is hard when there are so many. Prick a few out with a knife and transplant into a pots. Let them grow and pull out the smaller (weaker seedlings) untill you have enough to handle (one or two. Three max) You can always try to pot on the ones you have taken out.

Transplant your seedlings 5 cm apart in seed trays and grow on. Gradually acclimatise the Antirrhinum plants to outside conditions before planting out 15cm apart in a sunny position.

They are fun to grow.

Bell Pepper problems

Posted: Today at 02:10

Wow. I have the same problem with worms.


Hello from Canada

Posted: Today at 02:06

what are prairie chickens and are they good to eat? Do you have a gun and a conscience? 

Glad we do not have guns over here but wish I had one again.

Just watched the police shoot a homeless man.  ( i predict a riot) What can i say???

If I gave a mobile to every person in this country and that mobile is free for them. Then Would they be more or less likely to make a phone call??? 

It's a strange world and it is your right. 

There are idiots who do not understand.


aged manure advice?

Posted: Today at 01:53

Do you have composting heaps?

PS. what time is it over there?

Replanting Green Onions/spring onions.

Posted: Today at 01:12

OK. I have been trying this for a while and planting them as I go along and use them.

They work and grow. Unfortunately they are in a NE facing kitchen window with no heat.

They try there hardness to grow but my kitchen window is not enough. They just sprout and die off. (shame)

Actually they rot off. So stop the bottom water and just treat then like new plant-lets

They are eager to grow, I  only wish I had the light to do this. 

They grow quick and the die off. I do not have the right place or conditions to do this. 

They need transplanting straight in and keep the moisture down. You will know within 4 days if they are growing.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: Today at 00:50

Try some worm poo. Verdun.

From what I put in it we should be bacteria heaven and free of ll health. I think the worms eat better than we do.

The change in text is a bit worrying. I can't change it back?


Whose watching and who cares???

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