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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Sweet Pea germination

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 17:55

Well, mine were germinating in the pods on the vine. I gently transplanted them into root trainers.

Bought seed which was dry, should germinate in a couple of weeks( if the mice don't eat them)

Advice for pruning grapevine

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 17:50

Now you have the main framework it is simple.  Just cut back to two buds from the main stem in winter. (after leaf fall)n  It has to be complete before the sap starts rising, otherwise the vine will "bleed" sap which will weaken the plant.

Daniel we have PM problems on the forum

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 17:47

The problem with PM ing Daniel is that I can't PM.

As Zombie says, I can put in the recipient, and the contents line, but it will not let me fill in the message bit, or send it as there is no message bit.

 Also earlier , for me the whole forum went down. I was getting 503 message .

 Its the same problem i had with virgin when my broadband went down, They want you to email them.   I guess it keeps it quiet in custmer complaints dept.

How to build a compost bin

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 16:15

No, I just rip it into strips or crumple it up into balls.

How to build a compost bin

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 14:15

Some people make layers. eg grass cuttings, then drier stuff like prunings. I find that mixing it up makes it heat up faster.  Air is added every time you turn it.  If there is too many grass cuttings and nothing to hold the bits apart, it just tends to form a slimy layer with no air in it. If I have too much grass and nothing to mix it with I rip up the free papers that come through the door(other newspapers are just as good) and mix that in.


Posted: 27/10/2013 at 14:08

I've been and put a board over last years leaf pile to stop it blowing away. I combined 2 builders bags that I used last year, into one, to release a bag for this years. I will bag up the remainder of the tonne of rock dust into smaller bags, to release that builder bag, and we have two bags for this years oak leaves.

All garden furniture in garage for winter. Its getting windy now, ironing sounds too drastic. I might bake a cake or some flapjacks. OH has to drive south at silly o clock tomorrow, might not be a good idea.

Still got problems with Forum

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 14:01

I was receiving PM's but if I try to reply or send a new one, it will not let me type in the meassage box, and then refuses to send.

What is this........

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 13:52

Cymbalaria muralis.  Ivy leaved toadflax. It loves old lime mortar, and will grow in cracks in pavings.

How to build a compost bin

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 13:47

 I find that turning helps to get more air into the mix, and accelerates rotting. Two daleks at right, go into one rotol (middle). Two to three rotol fills goes into one tardis (left of picture.) If its dry when I turn it into the next bin, I turn the hose on it.  Als o getting the men of the house to pee on it helps.

Tardis will fill up all summer and left all winter, and be used next spring.

One of the daleks will have all peelings etc over the winter. When the grass gets its first cut, the winter kitchen bits get a good mixing with the grass cuttings. Hedge trimmings and buddleja cut down get shredded, mixed with grass cuttings, and stand well back. The heat build up is quick, and the level will drop by half in two weeks.

How to build a compost bin

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 13:28

I find that the dalek plastic type (council or rotol) are best for initial rot down. It seems to keep the heat in better. If it is only half full, I put an old compost bag on top. The compost has to be wet to rot down. I find the open top sort let grass etc dry out too much. I have a bigger tardis type(square with a lid, I use for final maturation. Because it has ventilation holes in the side, often the edges are not fully rotted and dry andwhen I empty it for use, I have to shove  the dry stuffback in and wet it.

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