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Improving Composting for the Elderly

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 10:43

Hi Pansy

I meant so it could sit on the ground and let the worms in, but on second thoughts, it does seem impossible to fill.

Improving Composting for the Elderly

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 13:31

Hi Ethan

What a good idea! I've just done the survey and put only 2 responses because the others aren't a problem for me. I'm not quite elderly - 68.

I see that filling and emptying the compost are together. But filling is usually a matter of taking the lid off and dumping in a bucketful or trugful, which isn't hard. Emptying can be hard because you're either trying to lift stuff out of the top at an awkward angle, and the spade/fork can't pick up much because of the length of the shaft in a narrow space, or you're bending and shovelling it out from the small door at the bottom. In theory you can lift the dalek off the compost, but I've never managed it.

My favourite would be a lidded and bottomless rectangular box with a removable front, say about 1.2m high and 1m wide, though maybe a variety of sizes to suit different requirements. Bigger would be great but not many people have room. Wood is nice but plastic is lighter and easier to move.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 00:39

A word of warning, folks - Provado is being withdrawn at the end of the year and so far there's nothing to replace it. It's probably illegal to suggest you stock up now, so I won't say it!

Can You Suggest a Front Garden Tree or Bush

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 00:30

Seeing that bamboo photo reminded me - bamboos would be fine in that position, give some lovely movement in the wind and be airy enough not to cut out light to the house. Any of the Fargesias would be good. They're graceful, evergreen, about the right height and, very important, they clump rather than spread. And they're completely hardy and ok with north-facing. Just make sure you don't go for Sasa or Pseudosasa, and be wary of Phyllostachis, some of which spread.


Posted: 13/11/2015 at 01:22

Any that don't die over winter can be hoed in a few minutes. Just spread the lovely stuff on the top and let the worms dig it in for you. It'll stop the soil compacting in heavy winter rain too. When weeds germinate next spring, it's a sign you can start sowing and planting. A quick hoe and you're ready to go! And Dave's right- your plants will love you for it.

buddleia stump

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 11:47

A Clematis would be nice, one of the less vigorous ones. So many to chose from.

Sad plant!

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 11:43

I've just enlarged the pic - should've done that in the first place - and it's definitely a wallflower. It could be the bedding type which is usually grown as a biennial thought it's actually a short-lived perennial. I've kept them growing for 3 years and they can grow into an amazing bush before they just peter out.

If it flowers only in spring, it's a bedder. If it flowers all summer, it's Erysimum. They don't live that long either, I think because they flower themselves to death. My Bowles Mauve has flowered non-stop, including winter, for four years now. I keep thinking it's finished, give it a trim and back it comes.

I've also found that there are buds left on leggy flowery stalks that do well in a bottle of water tucked among other plants. I often use cut flowers in the garden. Then you can have sun-loving flowers in shady places.

Reusing pots and trays

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 11:29

I hope it wasn't from your ear, Jo!

Reusing pots and trays

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 00:33

I've found they go dry inside the bag too. You're supposed to be able to plant them but after some disasters I always remove them.

I also stopped washing pots and trays after hearing nurseryman Bob Brown say 'What do plants grow in? Dirt! Washing pots is a waste of time!' I do wash for seeds and cuttings that are going in one of my heated propagators, or for indoor plants. Everything else, I don't bother and I've never had a problem. And I've potted thousands!

Sad plant!

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 00:25

It looks a bit like an erysimum to me, like 'Bowles Mauve'. And I can see some shoots low down in the stems. Whatever it is, if you cut it back to these it'll be fine. If it's at all tender, wait until spring, otherwise do it now. If you don't have ground to put it in, give it a bigger pot.

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