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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 22:59

Alan, Figrat said it for me, straight onto the ground some wire if rats are about but a good kick every time you pass frightens them away.
Always start with some thin brushwood it lets the air in and the heat will make it rise through the heap. You can drill extra holes or just put four bits of stick under the corners to raise it a tad.
Mix what you put in I sometimes heap up what needs to go in mix it with a fork then toss it in, do not pack it down let it settle. Wave a watering can with a rose over it as you go just damp it do not soak it. A good starter is the recycled beer from the night before stored in an old plastic milk bottle and added to the watering can as you sprinkle. Do not leave bottle in fridge it upsets the wife and Granddad thinks its whisky.
Fill it over the winter and leave, in the spring you should have some good stuff at the base. That is why most of us have two, fill one and empty the other.
Hope this helps.



Posted: 20/09/2012 at 15:56

Anne, are there any holes in your tub, compost needs air to start working.
Tip it out somewhere out of the way and let it dry off a bit.
Restart your tub with some brush wood, crumpled up paper or cardboard or woody bedding plants that have gone over soil and all.
Put the old compost back a layer at a time no more that a couple of inches that's old money in new money it is around 50 mm I think?
Add leafy material, vegetable peelings a bit of woody stuff chopped up small and put the bin where it will get some heat from the sun and out of the wind.
Never add more than the said 2 inches of anything at one time, you can of course layer it as you go, I often add a foot or so but layered. Lawn clippings about an inch at a time and rake it in.
As you go sprinkle each layer with a watering can fitted with a rose, it wants to be damp not soaking wet.
A mixture of air heat and damp will give you good compost in time, with a bin around six months although now it should just over winter. I turn the compost now and then, in your case tip it out and throw it back mixing air and damping as you go.
No one said composting is easy.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 15:37

Hello Rain, I watch the swifts as the midges rise off the fields they feed well around here.
We had sea fret which cleared early then the sun dried everything up so two lawns got cut, too late for the green waste though.
I have my feet up now, the casserole is in the oven with potato's on top a one dish meal ready in an hour or so so a laze after a busy day.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 11:09

Hello Chris, foot has been OK for a while and even the knee is bearing up, I would think all those years of being very active are the main cause, self inflicted wounds as we called them in the army. Many top athletes end up with some form of arthritis as with all things you go with it.
Started the big clean up Pam will be back from Cyprus late Saturday night and you bet she will be round here on her broomstick to check on me. She may want lunch Sunday and I have not been to my local butchers yet. Tonight is chicken casserole and my trick is to add chorizo when frying it off, it adds that spicy touch to the leeks and celery.
Weather still a constant drizzle no heavy rain as predicted, the green waste have collected all my bags, not much left of the Autumn clean up apart from the lawns.


bolting leeks

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 09:09

Anything that has bolted is past its best, leeks need to be firm inside so any softness means past it to me. I use leeks in all the cooking and often braise them in stock for one of the veg dishes.
In the North East of England where I live, leek growing becomes a thing of mystery even best mates will not tell each other how they grow them. Wives become leek widows as husbands sleep with their leeks, the shows gave good money and prizes for the biggest leeks, I think it is losing its appeal these days and I much prefer the small leeks for a better taste.
Still we got plenty of leek and bacon puddings during the season as the weaklings were weeded out and only the best left to mature.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 08:05

Alfy was tapping on my bedroom door at seven wanting his breakfast then to go out, he ran up the garden sniffed around realised it was a sea fret, wet and cold, so rushed back in, well head first into a towel to dry off, he thinks that one big game.
He watched from the kitchen as I put out all the green waste bags and the bins, one wetting was enough for him.
The box says heavy rain for Stockton but this is North Sea weather, grey cloud although high and the sea fret that can wet you through although seemingly light, so the lawns did not get cut.


Small Trees For Privacy

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 15:05

Hello Adam I have the picture now and see you would want a rounded tree with some colour and blossom, not too fussy about its position.
Malus or crab apple are low growing well rounded with a little judicious pruning and come in many leaf colours. Many come well grown in containers and vary in growth so as I am not up with some of the more modern names it would be best to google Malus.
Prunus flowering cherry come in many colours have rounded tops and some are quite low growing.
Acer or Maple come in small medium and large so you would need check that out with the nursery.
Or my choice was a small Conifer, I too live in a bungalow but not overlooked.
Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana Lanei a golden fir and slow growing which can be topped trimmed and kept in shape as required, it glows in sunlight, my other is a dark green Conifer Chamaecyparis Green pillar which sets of the gold beautifully
Those are some I have grown and know they do root well and creep so near a wall you may need to put down a couple of slabs to divert the roots, though it will take years for them to cause damage. I dug down a few years ago and cropped the roots on the wall side it has worked.
Check out the container grown trees and ask questions about size and pruning, they will have them at various stages of growth obviously the bigger the more they cost, the nursery will have re-potted them over several years, the smaller ones will do the job in time, you have the choice.
good luck.


Small Trees For Privacy

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 12:59

Adam, How big is your garden? You do realise trees put out roots a long way underground and can undermine walls etc, also trees do not grow to a set height then stop they also spread as well as grow up. They will also suck your garden dry of water so nothing much will grow in their area. If we are talking a large field and not a normal sized garden then it is possible.
How much privacy are we talking about and could it be done in a much easier way say a canopy or summer house? A slightly raised fence near the house?
Right, Carpinus or Hornbeam can grow to 80 feet high and 70 feet spread, they need sun well drained soil and spread winged seeds all over.
Crataegus or Hawthorn are the hedge rows you see on country roads, it can grow 25 feet high and spread even more. White flowers in may loses its leaves in Autumn.
Magnolia a lovely shrub slow growing and often used on walls can grow to in time to 15 feet and spread the same, frost can damage the early blooms.
Sorbus grow to 20 feet with a spread of 15 feet produce white flowers in spring and berries in Autumn.
Ligustrum is for hedging and can grow to 6-10 feet high with 6 feet spread.
Pyrus is a pear tree and can be contained with pruning it is deciduous, (loses its leaves in winter but you will get fruit in time.
I am not trying to rain on your parade but a tree is for life and if not contained can cause damage or problems with shade in a neighbours garden, they do move on and problems do arise with new neighbours. That is the reason I ask apart from most normal gardens will only have room for one or two trees, hedges need a lot of care and maintenance and roots from time to time need to be cropped if near property.
Hope this will help.


When to plant out rhubarb?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 10:34

Rhubarb crowns (bought) go into a well prepared bed in March and any flowers taken off then, you are looking to the following year for the stems.
From seed they will take a lot longer to harvest stems and I would put them in now.
We used plenty of manure or good compost and bone meal as well, they are hungry plants. A bit of shelter is good say near a wall or fence, they want to be around three feet apart.
We had long rows of the plants so forced some each year by putting straw round the crown and a bucket over the top, it was usually the first garden fruit we had hence the many rhubarb recipes and the annual glut of rhubarb and custard with school meals, I loved it a lot did not.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 10:16

Dmball, the compost heap will be up to ten degrees warmer at the surface than the surrounding air, try a melon on it next year, we had success doing that.
The person manning the box got on their feet and looked out of the window, sunny and clear it says sunny and clear it is. A slightly cool breeze coming in the window although no sign of the frost forecast this morning.
Alfy laid out after his walk and breakfast but will be up and ready as soon as I get the car keys, he thinks he is King of the Road.


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