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The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 10:56

Sue H, Teenagers go their way then come back with add ons, Hi dad just popped in (with all family) "oh if there is enough we will stay" they know there is always enough. Smart Grandson puts two feet firmly in it "why can't we have food like this at home mum" nasty looks all round.
Sunday gardening or TV is a dream around these parts though I do have all the rest of the week being retired.


The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 14:46

Wish I had time to watch TV on a Sunday morning David, chance would be a good thing, I am just sitting down at half two replete from a roast lunch, the stuffing would be getting made when the programme was on.
I do have some Video of the old garden programmes but need to convert them to DVD and digital having bought a new TV and disc player at Christmas, meanwhile anyone else arriving gets their own tea I am finished for the day.


personal experience on composting

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 14:38

Kate is correct adding compost and roots from old pots is an automatic reaction for me. Collecting a bag of well rotted manure from my Son I add that as well it all helps.
Those with Daleks can get in with a fork or even a crow bar, shuffle it around shake the bin and if possible spin it on its bottom edge when it is still light, once it gets heavy tipping it out and throwing it back will be best
I also store natural water or recycled water, Old Speckled Hen beer recycled (Ladies does not work) in an old milk container to add to the watering can when I am damping the compost after turning.
A handful of granular fertiliser added sparingly will also speed things up or use up any Tomorite you have left over well diluted, it is like a good stew, we all have different ways and ingredients but it all comes out tasting good, "err" I do not advise tasting the compost, especially if using recycled beer.


personal experience on composting

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 11:15

Hollie, you have a right to be pleased, you did what a lot of people fail to do simply because they forget it.
All things need some help and compost definitely does. When you have a spare half hour tip it all out mix it and put it back, with a Dalek once a month although it would depend on how much new stuff you add in that time, once it is fairly full let it take its course.
That really is the reason I have two on the go one to fill one to use, Monty has four and tosses it from one to the other down the line to get perfect compost. My Son has one long one, plenty of room in the farm yard and adds the new stuff to the front we take the old from the back. It all works the Dalek being the basic takes longer, I would expect compost from it in six months as you tell us it is where it can get the sun to warm it up.
The one thing you should not do is use it for seed trays unless you can sterilie it, another story.


Sharpening tools

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 10:59

The best way is to keep a tin of machine oil, a small tin is cheap and will last a long time. Clean and wipe your tools dry after use then wipe a light coat of oil on them. All my tools are years old and still going strong.
A rub with a fine file will put the edge back on Secateurs, there will be a flattish edge on the blade just before the cutting edge so rub the file from the back of the blade towards the cutting edge taking off any burrs. Then take a spanner to the centre nut and bolt and nip it up until you feel a little pressure as you press the handles together. Give them a good oiling and hang them up, it is best to hang all tools, you know where they are and they are not lost under a heap of something.
A lawn mower blade can be sharpened the same way, run a fine file from the back of the blade to the cutting edge in circular sweeping movements, you will get the hang of it after a few runs finish with a bit of fine sand paper and oil, I even oil the wood shafts of all my tools.
Hope this helps.


personal experience on composting

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 21:55

Hollie everything given time will eventually rot down, the large industrial heaps will rot down in six weeks, they have lots of heat and turned on a regular basis with a JCB.
I would expect good compost in three months Spring and Summer, six months Autumn Winter.
Well done on getting compost although had you turned the bin out onto a plastic sheet shaken it up and put it back you could possibly have had compost in six months.
Not everything will rot quickly so I shovel my compost through a sieve throwing the lumps back into the bin, it will make compost in time.


personal experience on composting

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 17:16

Sam, it is not pestering it is a search for knowledge, we all do it one way or another, sharing experience is what it is about.
I will answer the same question on the board time and again because the people asking either do not know or do not know how to find the answer. I have a well used stock of books ancient and modern plus having learnt gardening at my Fathers side many moons ago now.
Always happy to share that knowledge Sam and as to compost it is not quantum physics it is common sense and the three golden rules, air heat and moisture and as Bob says a good hefty turning now and again, better than a weekend at the Gym.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 12:22

Stockton, out and away early to get some bits a paper and lotto, "oh yes" and Birthday Card for Daughter, nearly forgot, sitting in a place they toss pots about (have to be careful what I say, could be jumped on again) having a very nice breakfast and watching the weather. No it was not a Greek restaurant.
Overhead it was dull and overcast though looking out to the Cleveland Hills I watched the weather front creep inland and along the hills brightening as it went. By the time I came out it was sunny all around apart from directly above, that has now moved on and it is warm. The sun has just started to shine in to the room.


personal experience on composting

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 12:08

Sam, my two compost bins are on the ground and did have wire mesh across the bottom that was over twenty years ago, when I bottom out it has gone so I start with twiggy stuff that gives air space.
The boxes are square made of wooden slats on a frame with very slight gaps between the slats to let air in at all levels although the best way is to turn the compost mixing it well as you go. The boxes have lids.
People say leaving air gaps lets rats in, my answer to that is in all my years I have never once seen a rat, that could be because I always had terriers who had the run of the garden.
To sum up, on the ground or on slabs does not matter. If you have some small gap in the sides, drilled holes, a cut hole with fine wire over it or leave air gaps in the slats air will be drawn in by the heat of the compost and as I keep saying on here AIR HEAT MOISTURE, that is the secret of good compost, the hotter it is the sooner you can use it.


Health and safety!!

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 17:14

"Ah yes" Solidago, Golden rod, Lauren, goldenmosa, a plant by any other name, would you rather have that or fields of Rape seed in flower which can cause Asthmatics problems and seem to get nearer to housing year by year.
Our back lanes are lit up by golden fields as far as the eye can see, they light the place up at midnight, do you think the Council would dig them up if I complain, after all they were all market gardens and meadows when I moved in 30 years ago?
I even dig the stuff out of the borders and it is creeping along the bank sides of the beck along with many weeds although quite nice flowers brought with the trains when it was a Railway cutting. Luckily the same section has pears plums sloes elderberry and masses of blackberries so it is not all bad news.
I remember a new neighbour looking over my fence and saying "Japanese Anemone I would not give it house room" it gave some little pleasure to tell him it had originally been in his garden crept under my fence and stayed.
If people can neglect their gardens thus spreading weeds why tackle someone for planting flowers I ask.


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