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Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 15:25

Well Gily, you certainly caused a discussion although you have now gone beyond me, Macro is something on my camera and that is it.
As a lad I lived in a place that had soil toilets so surely the answer for someone worried about manure is use their own, everything out of those earth toilets in the village went onto the land, nothing wasted and the Veg tasted just as good. I went back last year for the first time since I left, those gardens were still as productive and the Veg still as large although I would assume they now have better toilets, therefore different arrangements for fertilisation?
An intuitive process you say "hm" my intuition is eat to live not live to eat and it has got me this far!!!


New house, new garden, how to de-weed and de-plant borders please??

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 13:55

First of all I am afraid there is no quick fix, the people talking about bleach diesel and soda are talking about drilling the old stumps pouring the stuff into the holes then covering and leaving for a long time, I have a stump four years old and only now is it breaking up.
Second you do not want to be contaminating the ground where you will plant new plants and all those things will do that.
It depends on how old thick and heavy the old stumps are, there are people who will grind them out for you or you can hire a machine to dig them out, or get some one in to clear the ground for you, none cheap but you only need do it once.
So what is left, cover the ground between the stumps with heavy membrane covered with gravel, cut holes in it where you are putting a plant and let it grow on the membrane taking care of the weeds. You could then plant up pots and containers to put on the gravel until you are either fitter or the cover has been down long enough to kill off most weeds it will not kill all.
There are many other ways all include covering the ground for a while, some use old carpet or heavy mulch both take the ground out of use for a while.
Starting as you are doing is hard work and if there was an easy way there would be many more gardeners, it may come down to getting a local person in to sort it out so you can then progress.
Good luck,


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Posted: 02/10/2012 at 13:35
lovetogarden wrote (see)

Nr Lincoln.

Morning folks.

You have certainly had some interesting times Frank


Depends on what you mean by interesting Chris, one of them in Lincoln was a bit close for comfort. We were doing Artillery spotting in an Auster single engine high wing plane taking off from a grassy field with a swathe cut in it for a runway. I had been up a while when the Pilot said he was tired and we came into a very bumpy landing. His Officer said he had to do one more run but had brought a relief for me so he took off, ten minutes later there was an explosion on the landing strip and both were killed.
The Rapide never made it up and when I saw I was sitting in a canvas seat inside what looked like cardboard sides i was happy about that.
The Dakota ran out of runway but it was dead flat desert so he made a turn and back to the start. Hang about lads we will clean the Carb's!! what? and they did take the covers off mess around and said right.
Off we went again, we had no side doors on as we were dropping supplies and gravel was flying in so we knew we were again off the runway but this time it staggered up. We did the drop got back and the Captain said "same time tomorrow lads" on your Nelly I managed to persuade the MT Sergeant it was my turn on the ration truck.
I managed to find trouble where ever I happened to be, is trouble interesting? depends how hard you have to clench your cheeks.
Been up the A66 and could see out over the Dales sunny and the Vale of York cloudy, coming back it was clear out over the coast.
Bought a big bargain bag of Daf's and one of Tulips at the GC, surprised to see the Christmas section is quite small this year, do they know something?


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Posted: 02/10/2012 at 10:14

That wee boxer tells me Stockton light rain, well we have sunlight and blue sky, "Rain" lives ten miles away under the Hills and a big shiny sun is over her at this moment, once again we buck the trend but then we are never with the trend.
Do our own thing merchants up here, must be the Nordic blood.

Love watching old planes, flying in them another thing, had some nasty moments with them starting with a Rapide then a Dakota both wanting to stay on the ground, then a particularly nasty flight from Cyprus in a Brit, only just made it to Brize. Much prefered the ferry into Hamburg as we went in and out of Germany although saying that, had a couple of nasty moments in the Bay of Biscay on troopships. I just worked it out? I cannot win!!!


Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 16:04

Gily, I do not know about looking for balance, that also depends on circumstances.
I had two years in the desert where balance was impossible a lot of the time, those in Garrisons got a balanced diet but a lot of us only saw the garrison now and then.
No fridges or cooling gear so from the first day dry rations and water rationed, bully beef could be drunk at noon not that we wanted to eat at noon, it was breakfast before sun up a snack around half ten and the main meal in the evening when the sun went down.If we had become ill it would have been a very long run on a Jeep stretcher to a first aid unit. I was never ill and if you were then it was self service or the tender mercy of the soldier medic with his small pack of Aspro and Bismuth, just do not get ill was the only way.
We saw people who's diet was flat bread and a little vegetable, meat was the odd goat or camel and that was rare indeed, kids were lucky to reach their teens and it was not by choice, they had none.
I suppose we can pontificate on what is good or not we do have that choice as we do about what we eat although that choice was not there for many when I was young.
Flowering Rose horses may be vegetarian but it does not stop them trying to take a bite out of you when you are not watching, my way was a fast hard punch on the muzzle, they did not try it twice.


what to do

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 14:51

BW Parsnips are sweeter after a frosting, many roots are left in the ground unless it becomes too wet then lift them put them in Washed sand in a cool place.
If you lift Dahlias put them in boxes with a covering of sandy soil or peat, stems down to drain any moisture and keep an eye on them, they too want to be in a dry cool place, a garage or shed. After a while I turn them upright in the box and cover with more sandy soil damping them very slightly, in spring you divide the tubers and plant up in pots to bring on.
I cut my herbs back in Autumn and the new growth soon shows though this year because they are now old I have taken some out and will replace them with cuttings taken earlier.
New or old gardeners we are always learning so ask if in doubt, someone out there will know.


Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 14:28

I do not think we should gang up on Gily Webber, we all make choices to suit our selves it is called freedom.
I lived through a time when kids from poor families were lucky to have one hot meal a week, Fathers out of work Mothers not allowed to work, no school meals but they did get free milk.
My family were small holders and farmers so I never knew hunger or want and yes we clamped Veg bottled Jammed and preserved besides salting down our own Bacon and Hams, the poor families did not have that choice.
Even today I see people who had rickets as kids, lack of vitamins, TB Measles and other diseases rampant and all in my time, at least some of that has gone though not for good it seems.
Having eaten a good breakfast all my life and the first 18 years that would be porridge bacon egg fried bread tomato's mushrooms, not all together but what was in season and even eggs were seasonal so we put them down in Isinglass to preserve them. I must have eaten many salted pigs in my time, blood pressure normal for my age and the odd touch of gout, never touched port wine, smoked, or stuffed sweet stuff down my neck, so what does any of it prove. Nothing apart from we are all different with differing needs, all my relatives went into their 80-90's grandad was 97 and they lived through times of real hardship, is it genes or the way we live or a bit of both.
Not for me to know but I do know Gily can live any way she wishes though I would give this advice, my way of living has come from long experience and that experience also tell me to take what I read with a pinch of salt, a big pinch at that, having seen all the fads and fashions in diet come and go, the yo-yo ups and downs of so called experts some of whom went to an early grave, I smile and do it my way, so should you Gily.

PS, my Sons horses do not get antibiotics, ever.

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Posted: 01/10/2012 at 13:57

FloBear, as with everything you have to get your head down and work at it, I did hours of Scales until I knew every note of every scale without thinking, Dad did not help he would bring a piece of music in and say half a crown when you can play that well. practice went out of the window half a crown was two and six, pictures fish supper and sweets and some left over. My music teacher had a very long pencil so I had very sore knuckles for not practicing.

It has been mixed today sunshine light showers and high winds, now the sun is out again and quite warm outside. The Fuschia's should be cut back although still filled with lovely flowers so I will wait for the frost.


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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 22:57

FloBear After trailing heavy upright piano's around when we moved Joan said enough sold it and bought me an accordion. We were making our final move and she said why not get an organ we have plenty of room so we looked. They tried to sell me a large Hammond with Rotary speakers, I was thinking that would keep the neighbours awake when I spotted a new Yamaha with all mod cons and that duly arrived.
We had some good old fashioned singalongs round that as we had some good parties, it got a bit old needing repairs so I did a swap with a very expensive Yamaha Clavinova which gives me organ sounds or piano even big band and as a Glen Miller fan I love that.
Zoomer competitions are not me, it amuses me to jot down what comes to mind if I started titivationg for a competition the joy would go out of it.
Cold and wet today so a bit of a lazy day and Countryfile.


Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 16:41

Horse manure should be allowed to mature and this can mean from one to several years. My sons horses are in the paddocks all day and do feed on a grain feed and hay at night, when up there a couple of weeks ago he had just taken delivery of £700 of hay, it is not cheap.
Now the natural process of passing through the animal does not kill some of the seed or whatever else could be in it although the rotting down an a steaming heap much hotter than a compost heap over a long period should see it all off.
As to normal compost it must contain some life to help it rot down. Insects worms, good bacteria,  even kelp has been found to contain minute sea creature all living organism which is spread on the garden so it is almost impossible to not harm some form of life not including the foliage, flowers, branches of living things we call plants.
What we eat is personal choice and the plants we grow will only take up the nutrients they need or in some cases, Legumes put it back as Nitrogen. Somewhere along that process we must do harm to some form of life knowingly or not.
My point being our personal beliefs will never be 100% certain in that we get it right. Each time I inadvertantly slice a worm in half with a spade so I can eat Veg I feel it but still eat the veg.
For the picture I eat lots of vegetables and a small amount of meat, that is my belief that we need some foods whether we like it or not.


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