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Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 19:14

Actually,oldtimer, I think you'll find that a lot of us use recycled beer and wine in this way.

Even recycled tea and coffee the same way.

I encourage all males of the household to water the compost heap rather than traipsing muddy feet up stairs.


Posted: 10/11/2014 at 19:09

Good evening, bitterknitter

What are you studying and where?

seeds or pelleted seeds

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 08:36


How many plants do you want?

Have you got a greenhouse to bring seedlings on?

No flowers

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 08:35

Trachelospermum jasminoides  will need a south facing wall in this country for it to flower well. A young plant may still be growing  a framework. If it is in a sunny spot, try a feed of a high potassium food such as phostrogen in the spring.

Camera Corner

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 23:38

Huge eyes and only about 6 inch tall. Big claws though. He was in a hole in a tree. They come out at dusk to eat insects.

Talkback: Planting bulbs and hiding bulbs

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 23:36

Daffodils usually double e a ch year, forming two bulbs from one.


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 22:23

Busy trying to make a photobook of holiday photos, so stuffed up dinner. We had roast potatoes as a starter, then chicken in cheese and bacon sauce as a main, then a passion fruit mousse courtesy of M&S.  Totally forgot to do veg.

I dont suppose the second glass of wine helped.


Camera Corner

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 22:17

 Tarsier spectrum in Tangkoko nature reserve, North Sulawesi.

Talkback: Planting bulbs and hiding bulbs

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 22:14

Most bulbs will produce seed after they flower. You sow the seed and grow on. It may take one to three years before they flower depending on the variety. They will not be identical to the parents usually.

If you want all the bulbs to be identical to the parent, bulbs increase slowly year on year. There are other methods such as scaling for lilies, slicing bulbs into quarters for daffs and other methods of micropropagation that the pros use.

Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:18

Give it a good soak in water or spray hosepipe on as you throw it all back in the bin.

Normally you need amix of green and brown stuff, and it need to be kept at least damp. Dry stuff will not rot down very well. I normally pile it all in, then a month later turn it, thus mixing in more air, but if it is dry I wet it as well.

Shredding is good, but you can spread it out on the lawn and use a rotary mower on it to chop it smaller if you dont have a shredder.

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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

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