Latest posts by Palaisglide

Weeds in compost bin?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 23:05

Compost will get hot in this country providing you work at it.
My bins made of wood home made with room to let air in at the base, half an inch will do and wire it if you fear rats, never found any in my bins ever.
I have slatted front bars which can be taken out the compost forked into my wheel barrow turned and tossed back damping with my recycled waste water diluted in a watering can, and that is damping not soaking.
Cover the top with plastic bags or old carpet and I made fitted lids. The whole arrangement up against a brick wall and gets the sun in the morning and late afternoon, you could boil eggs in it at times.
Three things for compost Air Heat Water and yes most of those plastic things are too small, in the wrong position, kept too dry or too wet, never turned, not the way to make decent compost.
It worked for my father although we had animal manure as well and it works for me, common sense and a workout every five or six weeks, must be worth it.
Oh and no I do not put perennial weeds in it but all else goes in
Lois Paranoid I thought quite harsh, does that mean if we do not know something we are all paranoid? we have to learn and that is from those with experience.


Weeds in compost bin?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 13:57

LavanderLois, Everything goes in my compost apart from the odd nasty weed, they go in the bin.
As long as your compost gets plenty of heat, is it steaming warm to the touch? then you can use the compost after six to eight months.
We will never erradicate weeds, they blow about, birds drop them and they can sleep in the soil for years then soil disturbance will set them off.
My compost bins are home made and large filling one whilst emptying the other, they do get up to heat, smaller ones may not although in time what is in there will rot down, it just takes longer.
Lift a hand full and feel it, then smell it if it feels and smells sweet then use it as normal, if not then give it a bit more time but do not watse any of it as compost is pure gold.
If you get the odd weed and you will then a Dutch hoe is the ideal tool, I carry mine everywhere and splat any weed I see,, it also comes in handy to lean on and contemplate, well that is what I call it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 13:00

Peat. I think the weather front is hovering just above us and Alnwick will be right under it, you could move.
Went out feeling sunny came back with a cloud over me, Satander, no longer one of my banks fought tooth and nail to keep me from closing down, I won.
My lodger the little dog from next door is flat out in a sunbeam shining on the carpet, no wonder he never wants to go home when they come from work.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:49

There is always something, walking past a window I saw a flash of golden yellow so checked. The Forsythia is fully blooming and the sun was shining on it, yes the sun did arrive.
The bush hides next doors garage although slightly out of the sight line from the window, it certainly cheered me up.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:11

Stockton dull mixed cloud with a couple of brief rays of sunshine. Yesterday did not get into double figures a cold wind, today it may just creep into double.
Peat I love gardening too although I garden to the weather so no seed set yet as we are told we get frost back at the weekend. At times we have to be very patient.


Soil or Compost Mix for container

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 22:57

Neil, you say nearly the size of a bathtub so what is it, metal wood, brick.
Has it drainage holes, if so well and good, pile in a load of drainage crocking, broken brick, gravel. If you have any old compost, soil, soil sand and gravel mix then dump it in remember border plants and bulbs do not need really deep soil, a foot or so of good stuff will do.
Top up with good compost or compost and soil mix, some GC's and supermarkets were selling three bags for £10, mix in some fine grit and some of your own compost if you have any and then plant up.
Watch the watering for a couple of weeks once planted then a mulch of compost now and then will give healthy plants.


MOB rants

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 14:26

Blackest, what payment was that then we never got half of anything.
We were mobile workshops who followed the tanks literally, if they broke down (often) or got stuck throwing a track (often) I had four Forward repair teams with Half tracks cranes mounted on them trailers full of spares and normally an engine, we changed them in situ plus me running round in my land rover checking things out. The initials for those units was Forward Armoured Repair teams, work it out for yourself.
With all the teams out one day we got a call one was on its side just down the forest track from us, grabbing a couple of fitters I fired up the D8 and went looking. We lashed cables to the tank and the D8 and I started up, two minutes later the D8 was sitting on its bottom plate, no ground under the tracks and the tank still having rather a lean time. That took some living down, we fastened chains to the D8 and the nearest big tree then used the winch on the D8 which would have been the best idea in the first place, then I winched myself out. The lads lived on the story of the WO1 being bellied in the D8 for quite a while. I did get my own back but that is another story.


MOB rants

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 23:51

Blackest, I was REME was with 4th 7th RTC and the Blues and Royals before Armoured Engineers Challengers were just coming in when I finished but did drive them among many old ones  as well.

Mummy nothing cuts through black ice, the tracks we fitted for road use had a smooth rubber pad on each track plate. In a totally uncontrolled slide down Richmond hill I missed two vehicles coming up and the bridge at the bottom ending up facing the way I was going with very wet pants. I spent half my time pulling tanks out of ditches in Germany, it is a bit of a myth that they can go anywhere, that should really read nearly everywhere then the REME boys are needed.


MOB rants

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 23:20

G/G, I would not squash a Panda, humans yes, well some of them.
We had road tracks in those days rubber pads on the tracks which made it even worse on ice as they were smooth.
We delivered repaired tanks by the tank roads which went across country but at times would be on roads. I drive those tank roads now in the Vale of York nearly all now proper traffic roads.
Catterick is expanding again as the troops come home from Germany and some of the Garrisons in the South close.


MOB rants

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 22:36

G/G, Never had any problems parking Tanks, if there was something in the way you just sat on it, with thirty ton of tank you did not even notice.
Had a couple of hairy moments in Catterick during training, tracks were not made for black ice so heading down the road on a cold and frosty morning could be interesting at times.


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