Moonlit Hare

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Seaweed Feed

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:22

Thanks Chaps, I've got comfrey just spouting, new seeds this season ready for cropping next year, my gramps used it on his plants.

It just seemed a shame to waste the stuff after he'd dragged it back from the beach, he was all for throwing it in the brown bin.... I think not MR!

Seaweed Feed

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 12:16

Ok, my second question for today is...

Over Easter the much beloved went collecting soft crabs for fishing bait, when he brought back the crabs to freeze he also brought back a load of seaweed. I chopped it up and have been steeping it in water since.... it's proper stinky now .

I'm going to bottle it and use it on the garden and then compost the leftovers or dig them in.

but what sort of ratio do I need to water this down? Also how long will it keep in air tight bottles?



Compost bins

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 11:57

Morning All,


looking for some advise please on the best compost bin / method for me! 

There's only 2 of us in the house both out at work all day, so limited coming from the kitchen. The garden is a decent size for a 3 bed detached but again not huge, we have limited space so I'm not looking for something huge.

I've looked at the tumblers and like the idea of them but the reviews are a bit mixed, am I better just having a couple of small bays so I can heap up on one while the other is cooking?

We've got a plastic bin at the moment which looks like a dalek! This came with the house and I think it was from the council. But I've yet to work out how to turn the stuff inside without chucking it all over the path!

The other option I've got is to dig a big hole and bury an incinerating bin (the metal sort with all the holes in the side) with just the lid poking out so I can fill up through the funnel, the worms can get in through the holes I can keep the lid in place, and I can bury it so I don't have to think about hiding it... again I might need 2 of these on the go!

I should also add I have a phobia of our little furry friends! Mice I can just about deal with if I only spot them running out of the garden ( only happened once in the last 18 months!) but rats I'm breaking out into a cold sweat just thinking about it. I know it's irrational and nothing you can say will change the phobia, I've been working on it for 35 years now!

I know I need to avoid cooked foods and other bits to avoid attracting them but it's just there in the back of my mind!

So my request I suppose is please could you let me have your views on the best bins that work for you, and also do you find it easier to have a cooking heap and a heap to add to?

I've had a go before at a previous house but it wasn't the most successful!


Thanks for your help in advance


A Laurel Hedge no more!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 22:30
Thanks chaps, we're going to take a tentative peep this weekend, the plan for the hazels is indeed to keep on top of them and coppice them as they get older.... Hopefully there'll be the bonus of some nuts too! Hazel just seems a bit more useful than laurel, well for us at any rate!

A Laurel Hedge no more!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 16:33

Hello, any suggestions how 2 quite unfit middleaged people with only the weekends for gardening might be able to take out a line of well established laurel stumps?

We've got a couple of other stumps to come out around the garden and we've drilled into them and added neat epsom salts, it seems to be working and rotting down the wood I've certainly not seen any new sprouts thats for sure.

However this line is against next doors fence I'm not sure what she has on the other side, and is exactly where we want to put in some new hazel trees, it's also right next to the new veggie patch so I'm a bit concerned about using anything chemical on it... I'm guessing the old fashioned dig the little monkies out is probably the only option, so any hint's and top tips are more than welcome please.

Thanks in advance

Just moved into an old house... huge ANT nest in flower bed :)

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 16:22

 Hello chaps,

apparently if you leave dried corn meal in their path they take it back and eat it and then it swells up and kills them off, I've not tried this myself so I can't say either way.

However I did have a small to med sized nest last year near the veggie patch so put a few pots of mint around and about.... I think they just moved next door but hey.... not on my patch!

The weather

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:23

Thanks Obelixx,

I left out some but lost my nearve when it came to the busies! The marigolds came back under cover too... so only half the conservertry looks like a jungle now!

It's my master plan to get the much beloved to finish putting up my greenhouse! we've got the frame built and the foundations are set now it's just a case of adding the panes and attatching it to the foundation, I'm trying my best not to nag but boy oh boy I'm chomping at the bit to get in there and have the space back in the house.

Thanks as ever for your help

Peoney & Delia

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:14

Brilliant! Thanks Chaps... I knew you wouldn't let me down!

Peoney & Delia

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 15:43

I've been a little impulsive at the garden centre and bought 3 different colours of peony and some pompon dahlias (the roots hung up in bags)

Where I want them to go isn't ready yet, we're still moving dirt and horse poop around putting in the raised beds, next job boarders!

In hind site I should have waited before buying them, but heyho!

I "liberated" some peonies from my Grannys garden last year and I know they sulk for a bit when you move them, I've got some pots I can stick them in for now, do you think I can get away with it for a couple of months?

Also do I need to give them a good soak before they go in?

Thanks for your help


seed swap mark 2

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 15:30

nothing to sway as yet but wasnt sure how to bookmark the thread..... thought this wiould be the easiest way of keeking track!

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