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Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 14:17

I use well rotted FYM to improve the soil structure and water holding ability.

 I generally use Blood, fish and bonemeal as a general fertiliser when preparing veg beds.

I add bonemeal to the backfilling soil when planting trees.

I use comfrey tea as a boost for tomatoes. Nettle tea as a boost for brassicas.

Calcified seaweed (maerl) when preparing onion or brassica beds.(as well as FBB)

This year I gave the entire veg plot a good shovel full per square yard of Seer Rock Dust to add back some micronutrients leached out by two years of rain.

I dont have a lock on the shed. Most people couldn't stand the smell in there.

How long can you save seeds / bulbs for?

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 14:07

Peas and beans will keep for ten years in a cool dry place.(rodent free)

tomatoes, chillies, peppers, lettuce will keep for two or three years.

Parsnips and onions will only survive a season. It is important to get fresh each year.

Bulbs need to be planted as soon as you have got them. Whilst you will often get away with late planting, you will get the best results with the bulbs being in the ground for a long time, as they make roots long before the shoots come up. Daffs in the ground will be making roots in September. Snowdrops particularly dont like being dried out..


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 22:23

Gardengirl, you wear me out thinking about all the jobs.

Kef.. the best xmas dinner I had was in the middlle of the red sea on a liveaboard dive boat.

Xmas eve, we dived the wreck of the Thistlegorm. Normally this has dozens of dive boats tied up and hundreds of divers in the water, but the two of us that did the night dive had it to ourselves. The dive masters were owed a favour by some egyptian fishermen that they had towed back to port after their engine failed. The fishermen showed the divemasters the best site for lobsters, For xmas day we had very fresh lobster for lunch.

No husband around ( I left him at home) and the other relatives I left a bunch of gift vouchers.  Peace and goodwill to all men ( and women).

I cant stand Turkey at any time of year. This year we will have a fillet of beef.


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 22:13

Hi everyone.

Glad you had a good day panda.

Get the lightbox out , Punkdoc, or book a holiday

I hope your knee is better, Dove.

If I come up with a bright idea like decorating again, make me lie down in a dark room until the feeling passes.  This job gets bigger by the day. OH thinks its a brilliant idea, he'll help me with the stairs and landing. I hadn't planned on doing the stairs and landing!

I have two wet curtains, and all they did today was drip. Not a breath of wind, but on Thursday, apparently it will be very windy. I might hold off washing the next two until the first two are dry.  The bath works like a twintub washer with the jacuzzi running. lol.


Posted: 02/12/2013 at 22:32

Just one of these curtains fills the bath. I wash the little bedroom curtains in the summer, but theres no way these will fit in a machine even one at a time. There's no way round it. If they shrink too much it will have to be new ones.  I have a bay window at the front, a lounge/diner knocked through, and large patio doors  overlooking the back. Sometimes I think dry clean only labels are a copout.

well I guess I'll know tomorrow.

Have a good night everyone, sweet dreams.


Posted: 02/12/2013 at 21:12

...and for my next trick, my friend wants me to make a centre piece for the table for xmas, as I have lots of holly. Well it needs a trim anyway.


Posted: 02/12/2013 at 20:49

I've got lots of dust sheets I keep moving around and painting a bit.  The ceilings are matt brilliant white. the walls are blossom white. The  paper under was more apricot/sponged/ mottled effect. Trouble is I cant afford to replace all the carpets, sofas and curtains, so I cant deviate too much from existing scheme.  I have two sets of curtains at either end, floor to ceiling, 12 foot wide, made to measure and lined. Last time it cost me £100 per pair to have them dry cleaned. they are cotton so I am debating washing them in the bath.  I suppose I should have done that when the weather was warmer. The cushion covers are made out of the same material, and they wash ok in the washer on 40 degree wash so the curtains should be OK in the bath.


Posted: 02/12/2013 at 20:18

Just a quick pop in. I am decorating. I got up this morning, having been woken by OH at silly o clock, when he went off to work. I decided I couldn't stand the living room walls anymore, so  while he is in Manchester for three days, I have been to B&Q, bought paint and a roller, and started painting. One and a half ceilings painted, part of the walls, some of the coving, top of my head when I bumped it on the ceiling, and a T shirt totally ruined.

Still not sure of the walls colour though. It might look better in daylight.

Ivy, holly and cyclamen - everywhere!!!

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 22:18

Also if its an established garden, you will probably have lots of hidden treasures, ie perennials that die down now,and bulbs that will come up in spring.

Take it slowly, and you might have a lot of nice surprises.

Ivy, holly and cyclamen - everywhere!!!

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 22:16

Ivy , you can just pull out every bit you dont want. Long shoots tend to run along the ground, easy to pull up. If they have already started to climb and stick to tree trunks, cut through thick stems with loppers.

Most people would love to have cyclamen everywhere, you can move them around, or leave them, they are inconspicuous when they die down in early summer. If you really have too many, lift the corms in late spring and pot up, ideal for donating to bring and buy sales or plant swaps.

 Holly you are just going to have to dig up. Make sure you have a thick pair of leather gauntlets. Small ones you could transplant in a line for a good burglar resistant hedge that is good for wildlife.

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