Latest posts by Palaisglide

Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 23:22

Orchid Lady, My grass cuttings go to the green waste after weed and feed, they pile it high and it gets very hot, you get it back in named compost of which I am at times dubious.

Turning compost no matter what size the bin, I toss mine out into the wheelbarrow then toss it back into the bin, the whole idea is to get air into the compost. It tends to compact if left as I have LECTURED on here Warmth Air and dampness not wet is what makes good compost, my bins are large because they heat better.

Horse manure, can be dumped on the ground behind a bush or, black bin bags with holes punched in with a garden fork and dumped out of site, they do not take up that much space and think of the goodness a year later. Stick a row of pots with plants in  front of them.


Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 21:53

Scott, In all my years of compost starting on middens, hot boxes and the last thirty years my wooden bins, have never seen anything but worms and snails. The snails get mortified the worms returned to the compost.

The wasps decided to live in comfort under the bungalow, entry through an airbrick, I hated doing it but a powder the police gave me sorted them out in a couple of days. 


Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 19:14

Artjak,    "Err" Um yes maybe but why make an easy job hard???

Two large wooden bins plenty of air holes, up against a brick wall for heat and out of the prevailing wind. Fill one, a slatted plank front for ease of access to turn and use the man made accelerator, once full cover the top put the lid down and let it warm up, meanwhile fill t'other.

Turn out into barrow and throw back a couple of times then use. The engineers mantra is do not make an easy job hard, do not  use ten actions when one will do the job, you know it is ready when it only half fills what was at the start a crammed bin.


How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 22:20


Assuming you grow them in boxes-pots on a window sill or in a greenhouse then once a day just reverse the boxes-pots, 30 seconds is all it takes and I can assure you they will grow straight.

They lean towards the light even when surrounded by light they will lean towards where it is strongest, reversing the trays-pots reverses the lean and equals it out.

Lawn feed and moss control is do it once the grass is growing well then again six weeks later now leave it alone. In Autumn use one dusting of winter weed and feed.


How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 18:48

Fidgetbones, wondered where all the unit tools went we were changing tank engines on Luneburg with a set of pliers and a tin opener.

I have the same problem now, Dad can I just borrow whatever then have to go looking for it, at the moment I am missing a power washer, leaf lifter, lawn aerator and several hand tools.


How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 15:35

Steve 309 yes sorry it did turn into a bit of a saga, the Tinsmiths shop in a REME workshop had more hammers than I had ever seen in one place, all with a use, most never used.

Gardening can be like that, I have a wall of tools for different uses and yet it is the same few get used for all purposes, most are tools Dad used for years before leaving them to me. The best one is a very long handled Dutch Hoe, I can sit in my sun trap and reaching out hoe the weeds without moving, ends up with a half circle of well hoed borders so then have to get up and do the rest, idle gardening does not work.


How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 14:06

Fidgitbones, once told engineers are quarried not born, they come with an inherent need to know how things work. Dad bought me the first Mechano at a very early age, Mother went ballistic, all those small screws and things will be lost in a week, a couple of days later a working windmill proved her wrong and every year that well loved Mechano was added to.

Dad a self taught mechanic would bring the truck in Saturday lunch time and it had to have a full maintenance ready for work Monday, over the years it was me doing the truck him in his beloved garden, we both loved what we did.

At 18 I was an Infantryman, loving it and already being promoted when MOD decided REME needed me more, they got a sour faced not wanting to be there in what I thought an inferior Corps, A sergeant fed up with my antics told me to pull out a box of bits, it was a Crossley Bus Engine notorious for being difficult things to work on as they had no timing marks. A couple of days later he came running as I fired it up and gave it revs forgetting to put the silencer on. All change and I got to be a WO1.

Gardening is much like engineering, build nurture repair where needed but best of all if it does not need fixing leave it.


How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:19

Fidgetbones,  "Teachers just hate that" Not to sure about that.

At Art I was rubbish could not draw a stick man, engineering drawing never less than 85. Eggy Plummer my maths and technical drawing teacher would bring things in to strip and draw in three dimensions, he brought in a Dynamo. stripped cleaned measured and drawn I took it home tested it fitted new brushes from Dads store and took it back working. Thanks he said .I knew you could not resist fixing it I will put it back on my car now. I did not feel used, just useful.


How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 11:26

Hello David, He was the Editor of the BBC Northern Gardening Programme and wrote many books one of them being The No Dig Garden. All a long time ago when BBC Gardeners wore jacket and tie with polished shoes??

Gardening books as with Encyclopaedia's are really dip in to what you wish to look up, of all my many books I do not think I ever read one cover to cover apart from the RHS Encyclopaedia of plants and flowers, that one is falling to bits especially the section on old plant names.

The other RHS book is the how to but so old that all the cures for disease and weeds have been banned by H&S, still my Dad mixed all his own and I never forgot so H&S up yours.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 10:29

Rosemummy, I grew up with the songs and films of Bing Crosby and yes there is a Bing White Christmas in my collection which includes the old style Albums Tapes Discs and I-phones on this laptop.

We had the Bing copyists back then as there are many Elvis copyist which I hate, if I did want an Elvis (very doubtful) I would play Elvis.

At the moment the lilting melody of Vienna woods and as I write I dance as Joan and I did in Vienna, all a memory now as is the dancing, it is in my head.


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