James williams

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Slugs and coffee grounds - a fatal attraction?

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 17:55

Hi Just a comment about coffee grounds. I left some for about  a month in a bucket with a lid on. When I took the lid off the grounds were full of worms!!

Talkback: How to build a compost bin

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 17:13
I have made compost bins from pallets for years. If you have level ground where you want to put the bin you dont need stakes just put the four sides together and use some wire to hold the corners together. Its good if you have some help in holding them up till you get them all wired up.

Talkback: How to grow Swiss chard

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 13:53

Love Swiss chard!!  Cook it with lots of water as the acid in the leaves should be avoided. Drain it well and squeeze out as much water as you can. I use the bottom of a glass in a coldren. Tip the chard back in the saucepan and add stuff you like. I like lemon juice, olive oil, butter, mix it together and serve. Lovely.   

composting question

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 17:35

Hi Im glad you got rid of that plastic thing!  I have been making compost for many years and I find a good size is a  metre square. As I dont like to spend any money! I use  four wooden pallets that i get for free. I put these on a flat piece of ground that I dont want to use for anything else. I put them together to make a box type  shape. I fix them together at each corner with wire or plastic ties. It holds itself up. Good advise from everyone. Try and get a mix of "green and brown"  All the kitchen that goes into mine is first rapped in news paper. The waist is the green and the paper is the "brown"  Hope this helps.

Talkback: How to build a compost bin

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 20:24
I use use pallets in the same way, except I place a pallet on the ground to allow air to get in from the bottom. You cant have too much air for good compost!
I dont use the stakes in the ground I just connect the corners up with wire. I have at least two bins side by side. When one is full I start on the other. In this way I make about a ton a year.
Compost made well should always smell pleasant.
Good Luck

Butternut Squash

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 15:15


Dose anyone have any tips to stop Butternut Squash from going rotten at the flower end , still on the vine?

Talkback: Building a leaf heap

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 14:51
I use a one ton builders sand delivery bag!! It works very well. I have done this for the last two years.

Problem with Butternut squash leaves

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 14:48

Hi  I have been growing butternut squash for a few seasons. I would sow twice as many plants as you think you need!  They are sensative to cold and overwatering when they are young. When you plant them out give them some cover. A plastic bottle with the bottom cut off is good. 

Talkback: How to build a compost bin

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 15:02

 I have used pallets for many many years to make compost bins. I place them on a level site and use plastic ties on each corner to hold four in a square. I have three bins together, one is always full, one getting full and the other standing  by. When I need to empty the full one I cut the ties on the front pallet, remove it and take out the compost. I make sure it is very dry when I take it out so that I can sieve it. It must be kept damp when it is rotting down. I make sure I chop any hard material so that it rots easier. It rots down quicker if you turn it, but I never do!  I just leave it for a year. I empty it out in the spring and spread it onto the ground where I need it.    

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