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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 02:04

Hi again Pat E.


Are you now going into Autumn or Winter? 

The extremes of temp, between day and night must be a huge problem. I had never thought of this, with you down there. 

Hope things are well.

Whats this at base of lilly?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 01:51

It will do its own thing but a little more compost will not hurt.

You might find that it does the same thing again after you have added extra compost! (many plants do this but for some reason I can only think of tomatoes at this moment. Nothing to worry about, it's natural.

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 01:33
Verdun says:

This is silly PD.  

of course I have no wish to fight with you or anyone.  

Out of the blue my name was mentioned by you.......please stop. 

See original post

 Pudemup Verdun!!!

No insult and i'm only estimating your age but can you remember entering the contract with the EU, in the early days???

There is nothing left to gain by doing things the same way. Nothing ever new was discovered untill someone broke/bent/changed the rules!!! The years will drift away from us and then it's too late then to gain anything. I hate this shower of sh*t that are promoting leaving the EU as anything to do with IDS is guaranteed to end in disaster and cost 100 X the original estimate (expenses excluded) Then again Osbourne has gone back on every budget aim (and more) while we still tighten our belts!

How will we ever Know if we don't change things. Sheeple (docile, foolish, or easily led. AGAIN.)

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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 01:07

The pond has loads and loads of newts (common only so far) and some tiny fish. (Still looks like Scotch broth, sorry). There is a stream behind me and it flooded for 2 month over winter but looks to have improved the Oxygen in the water. ( No frogs or tadpoles, That is a bit strange?) 


The seed balls are starting to sprout!

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 00:38

WOW Faywray.

That looks fantastic.

What will you do next year with all the waste? Compost/ worm bin? 

Where will your waste go?  What will you do???

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 00:15

It's not all about NPK. (Stolen peat with chemicals added)

It's about the enzymes the worm poo produces and the microbes that help your plants survive and resist pest and diseases in the future! 

Vermicomposting  is more down to mould/Fungi production than the nutrients left over.

The worms have no teeth and only eat the mould on compost. (They do it fast though, when the conditions are right)

Adding TAP WATER that kills every bug for humans consumption, does not help your soil! It kills the lot!

Plus the hydrofluoric acid, That they add will reduce your IQ TO RESPOND TO THIS?

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 23:25

Forwarded Email. That everybody should know if you love your worms!!!

Hi Edd.

"What is the nutritional content of and how to improve the
nutritional quality of vermicompost?" .

Thanks for the PM Hun.

I think I have to share thi9s one.

The quality of compost has been discussed before, especially ( Hot composting and cold composting and worm composting?).

There is a Huge difference and it depends where you live and your climate and what you have to feed the worms!)

Thanks for the question.

The short answer is "it depends", since different vermicomposts will have different nutrient contents. The primary determining factor when it comes to
compost nutrients is of course the starting material.

There is no doubt that a vermicompost made from paper sludge will have a different nutrient profile than one made from cow/horse manure and straw (other possible sources of shit available examples). For that matter, even different manure vermicomposts can have significantly different levels of nutrients, depending on the type of animals, what they were fed, what their living conditions were at the time etc.

The best way to ensure a fairly uniform nutrient profile in your worm compost is to use the same feedstock, in the same proportions, from the same source every time. But do make sure that they are not full of chemicals from crop spraying and other contaminants. ( we want it clean 


With all that being said though, let me at least attempt to provide you with some idea of the nutrient content of vermicomposts in general. ( this is from old tests from American universities and new re tests. (Basically. old info I have, that has been re tested and proved right)

Here is a quote from my old files. Composting expert Dr. Scott Subler (from correspondence on a composting email group, that i have on record.):

"The reported range of nutrient contents in vermicomposts is quite wide, as it is in composts, although total N and P don't appear to reach levels quite as high as found in some composts (e.g., poultry litter composts). Vermicomposts based on animalmanure feedstocks typically contain 2-3% N (dry wt basis), with
slightly higher values reported for biosolids vermicompost (up to 3.5% N) and lower values (<2% N) reported for some food
waste vermicomposts. Available nitrogen often comprises a relatively high proportion of total N, with very low ammonium-N and very high nitrate-N being characteristic of many vermicomposts."

To back up what Dr. Subler says, here are some actual nutrient profiles for several types of vermicompost, as reported in a
couple academic studies: ( These NPK are true as i have tested them over years. Still can't find the right mix though.)

Pig Manure vermicompost % N/P/K/Organic C/Ca/Mg/Fe:
(Atiyeh et al. 2001)

Food Waste vermicompost % N/P/K/organic C/Mg/Fe:

Paper Waste Vermicompost % N/P/K/Organic C/Mg/Fe:
(Arancon et al. 2004)

So, while pig manure vermicompost seems to have more nitrogen and phosphorus, the food & paper waste vermicomposts seem to have much more potassium (K) and organic C. While this should at least give you some idea of what you can expect, these figures definitely aren't set in stone by any means. As far as boosting nutrient levels in composts and vermicomposts there seem to be a variety of options for doing so.

My thinking approach, from resent thoughts was (Ussery, 2007) involves growing certain species of plants known for 'mining' nutrients. 

Horse shit/ Comfrey/ River sand (Micro nutrient) and some cardboard or new News paper. 


Last edited: 17 May 2016 23:35:42

Yellow edges on new leaves

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 00:44

Many things cause "yellowing of leaf" as mentioned it could be lack of magnesium, or too much water or lack of it! It's hard to tell.

It sounds like they have had a cold (frost) spell over night and this has damaged the leaf. 

If the plant is looking strong without any wilting and there is new growth then don't worry. 

I would lay off the watering for 2/3 weeks and see what happens (unless it really gets hot and dries out and then starts to wilt.) The soil should be moist and not wet.

I'm sure it's just the variation in temp at this time of year.

Please try it and see what happens. ( a bit of feed before you stop watering would not hurt) 

Let us know how you get on and remember if it starts to wilt then it's not the watering.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:53

You own are always funnier Verdun

Good night. Verdun

Thought my luke was in but OH is now looking for a Alka-Seltzer after dropping half a aspirin. 


Soil for pots

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:47

You need a compost heap Lorna95.

Preferably with these.


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