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Composting and wormery

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 18:36

All our shredded paper, whatever sort, goes into my compost bins/wormery, but whole magazines etc go into the paper waste wheely bin.

My worm liquid I dilute about 1:10 worm juice :water. Brilliant liquid feed. Any extra, which there always is, I store in ex plastic milk bottles under the wormery. It does freeze at this time of year, but is fine as long as bottle not too full in first place. Once the summer arrives I do end up with more liquid than I need, so add it to one of my slower compost bins as an accelerator. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 18:27

Both pairs of jeans now shortened, awaiting ironing. They both still fit!!

Watched an episode of Last Tango in Halifax, several more to go. Really enjoyed episode 2 which was the first one I caught, so 'taped' the rest. Even daughter was sniggering, which she wasnt expecting.

When I shut the curtains the sky looked decidedly iffy- loaded with snow-type. It's sort of snowed on/of all day, but the birds enjoying all their extra rations.

No call back from heating company, Will try again tomorrow. Need to check with OH about dates. He's taking the day off after Doddy, so then made sense to me.

Right, more sewing I think. J.


Posted: 21/01/2013 at 18:14

I'd tend to mix the MP with a JIno3 type- John Innes. The latter is more suitable for permanent planting, but by mixing it with some MP say 50/50 it'll be a 'lighter' mix.

Alpine strawberries cope with quite poor soils IME, but anything grown in a container relies on us to feed it as & when.

Agree with Geoff, they will need feeding. Initially I'd add some slow release food pellets at the time of planting up the container. Those dont last for ever & a high potash feed, as for tomatos, will help promote & keep them fruiting.

Annually I'd feed the container in Spring & either add to, or replace the top few cms of compost to give the plants a boost. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 14:56

Have watered all the house plants, emptied the tumbler, fed the birds again- big thrush around today. Not sure if song or Mistle.

Now to do those jeans! Then finally I can put ironing board away after ironing the newly done hems. Well that's the plan.

Watching Time Team. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 14:10

I'll do my 'quick' clean tomorrow now not going out. It's snowing steadily here again, not particularly heavy though..... Road looks clear. Daughter says was bad when she went up to postbox this morning, but gritter mustve been down as I can see clear tarmac.

Previous house end of cul-de-sac, but next door but 1 worked for council, ok refuge dept., but we always got gritted.

The amaryllis is well out. Stunning colour, sort of peachy. 3 flower spikes. Daughter did find a possible name for variety- I wouldnt have a clue where to start looking. We just bought the biggest,fattest bulb that Parkers had. There was a picture above the box but I cant remember it. No surprise there then. Kate's suggestion of keeping a pictorial note good idea, must try sometime. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 12:18

Why not just use & enjoy them Bjay?

Am going to really sort out our sideboard sometime soon. Once daughter's 'things' finally gone from kitchen cupboards- ok not all her stuff- shall have a really good sort out in there too & sideboard. Shall move stuff into kitchen & use it, or else shall get shot!

Yes fridge freezer in kitchen. Trying to work out how old it is. When did Rumbelows go? Only the 2cnd one in a 42yr old house. I took over the previous owners' 12yr old one when we moved in & that went on for yrs.

It's going very dark out there return phonecall yet either. J.


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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 11:50

My next fridge/freezer will also be self defrosting. The fridge of this is, not the freezer.

Lottie- the spray that Lakeland, & others I expect, sell is well worth it IMO. Less than an hr & all done, even the tough bits that normally take for ever. Now to wait until it's cool enough to reload. Fast freeze will stay on overnight though, as I know it'll need it, unless by bedtime the light has gone off.

BTW it's mugs around her too. Although I do have cups/saucers with my dinner service- ha, when did we ever have a dinner party? Used to have fondue sessions with friends & kids, great fun had by all. Meals with friends yes I do use the 'best' plates & at Christmas, birthdays etc, but normally no. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 11:16

We've actually got sun at the mo! WManchester.

Had more snow overnight, still not a lot, & it's still snowing as well as the sun! Was below freezing again at first light. Birds have their first food top-up of the day. Will give them afters later.

No need to move cars around until Wednesday afternoon, so hope the gritter lorry repeats it's trip down our road. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 11:12

Bet Bjay & OH are snoozing/asleep. Well I hope so. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 11:11

Now awiting on return call from plumbing/heating co. 'We assumed job complete, hence the invoice', says lady. Nooo, still need electrics to fan doing & some special loft tile I think. Plus the s*****g boiler!

This is going to run & run I think. Not convenient for us/me until mid Feb what with all the appointments have. Mind you that should suit them, as always booking a couple of weeks ahead for jobs.

Freezer dripping nicely. Nearly done, then to clean it & put back onto fast freeze. Have advised daughter thinks about getting a frost free one! 2 friends swear by them. J.

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