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Talkback: How to build a compost bin

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 00:32
Yellowgrass, everything will rot one way or another, using a bin you will have to turn your waste materials as there will be no natural circulation of air, with this method you will have to keep a check on the moisture levels, if it gets over wet mix in torn up cardboard or shredded paper, if you have moles near to you collect the mole hill earth and mix this in, the soil has natural bacteria in it and will help with the decomposing. Avoid fats or meat from the Sunday roast etc as this only attracts vermin, it will rot down eventually but there is also a chance of smells with this type of material. When you come to using the compost in your bin you will need to turn the bin out onto a plastic sheet to separate the well rotted from the partly rotted, returning this material back into the bin to complete the rotting down process. You don't have to do anything in the way of converting the bin, just use it as is.

Talkback: How to build a compost bin

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:59
If Possible make two side by side, that way you can turn the top layer into bin two when you want to empty the first compost bin, the half rotted down materials starts the second compost bin off. Keep turning your heap every week or couple of weeks to aerate it, this will help speed up the decomposing, keep it damp but not wet, if it is composting well it should feel warm, even steaming on cold mornings! When the second bin is ready to be emptied, tip the top layers into bin one and start the rotation all over again.

Talkback: How to plant a fruit tree

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 19:59
I would like to grow several varieties of fruit trees from bare root stock, unfortunately I do not have a plot ready to plant in. Is it possible to plant in a temporary area and perhaps next spring transplant to the permanent site, if this is possible would it disrupt the fruit production?

Talkback: How to deter slugs with copper tape

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 23:30
The cheapest method I have found is baking foil cut into strips and stuck round the rim, or on raised beds pinned around the edge of the bed sides and leave a quarter inch gap. Tape a piece of fine wire to each of the ends where the gap is, then tape each wire to a small torch battery either to each of the poles positive and negative, or the positive end and the bottom which would be negative of a small round battery, as soon as the slug or snail touches the foil it gets a shock, works every time. Test it with a small pot before you spend time doing all pots or beds, even half dead batteries are enough to deter them.

Talkback: How to grow early strawberries

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 01:37
You could use an old emulsion bucket or similar cleaned out and holes cut in the sides for the plants, drill small holes in the base for drainage, you should be able to cram in about 10 plants in a large bucket, 5 on top and 5 round the sides, treat it like a hanging basket, and don???t worry about the runners, you will recognize them easily enough as they are quick growing long stemmed shoots which produce mini strawberry plants at intervals along it???s length. Old plants I sometimes allow to produce runners when they come to the end of their productive life, peg these shoots into a pot of compost and they will root readily, make sure there are plenty of roots before cutting them off the parent plant, with luck you will have a new strawberry plant next year and more to the
point, more strawberries!.

Making Bird Nest Boxes from Recycled Materials.

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 14:53

Hi Fiona,  Just seen your post.  When I had an allotment I used these under the eves of my garden shed as it was in a quiet corner of the garden and it attracted Robins on a regular basis.  I have also used them in woods and hedgerows along bridal pathways etc, these attracted Robins, Wrens, Blue Tits and Flycatchers in the main.  There are two types you could try; First as outlined above, in my 19/03/12 post.  Secondly; If you are more of a DIY handy person, you could take the most basic version which is two pieces of wood approx 7x5 HxW and 5x5 HxW, these will make your back and front of the nest box for an open fronted type, or you could use two 7x5 pieces of wood and drill an appropriate sized hole in one as an entrance.  This next part, for the mesh, leaves, hay, Bracken, moss etc, is made as above, but you only need a narrow piece of mesh, about 7 or 8 inches wide at the most when all made up.  Nail, screw or staple the mesh all around one of the 7x5 pieces of wood, (preferably the back) you should now have what looks like a plant trough when laid on it's back.  To fit the front, simply insert the smaller 5x5 piece of wood at one end and secure with nail, screw or staple. I prefer to set the front about one inch inside the edge of the mesh, once secured I bend in the mesh a little and provide a drip eve to the roof area, a stick can also be used across the front as a landing perch if you like but it is not necessary.  You could use a square piece of wood as a floor if you are short on wire, however, you can use two or three sections of wire if you don't have one long piece, it's all mix and match, to use up any old piece of wood, wire and recycled hanging basket lining etc to give your birds a secure camouflaged home.  Hope this has been of some help.  Malcolm.    

Making Bird Nest Boxes from Recycled Materials.

Posted: 29/03/2012 at 22:23
Hi AliP and Kate Bradbury, I'm afraid I don't have any photos to share, to be honest it has been a couple of years since I last made one of these nest sites, but I have made lots over the years and almost every one was used. Be my guest to share with anyone you think will find it useful AliP. Sorry for late reply have been away. I'll see if I can find some old netting and make one to photograph. Malcar.

Making Bird Nest Boxes from Recycled Materials.

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 01:39
A very easy method of recycled wire mesh makes an ideal bird nesting box for all types of garden birds, mainly the tits, wrens, flycatchers and robins, to name but a few. If you have or find a piece of old mesh large enough to go round a large coffee jar at least 3 times and about 1 foot in depth is ideal. Fold the wire in half then stuff with leaves and straw to make a sandwich, or use up last years moss from the hanging baskets, when filled with about an inch thickness of materials tie or secure the edges all round so the material does not escape. Roll into a tube shape and secure with either wire or plastic ties. Close off one end and secure with ties, you can now place this in a tree or bush, along the underside of a branch, in a hole in a wall or under the eaves of a shed or out building secured by plastic ties. With practice the open end can be twisted and shaped to suit several species, open ended for robins etc and closed to a small entrance hole for wrens and tits. As all the materials are recycled it costs nothing but your time and when in position is well camouflaged as the materials are all natural. I have had lots of success with this type of nest box, hope you do too.
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