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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.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 10:48

Stockton rather strange weather, to the West the sky was almost purple, to the East and North heavy cloud, South I cannot see the Cleveland Hills and it looks dark yet overhead blue sky and the sun is shining.
What are we in for, I cannot even guess, we normally have distinctive weather patterns this all looks odd.


when to plant

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 10:14

Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily) if you want to look it up, we had a long row of them they were never dug up but left to naturalise, they came every year even after the worst winters so are hardy.
Put them into a deep pot now nose just below the soil as mentioned above and then outside against a wall or sheltered, they like a slight lime soil, we would scatter some lime on the ground when we limed the cabbage patch. The Autumn leaves, basal leaves, will die off when it puts up the stem, they grow to three or four feet in height so may need staking though we never did that. They prefer a sunny spot.
I loved them and we had Peony bushes behind them so we got the deep red of the peony and then the white tube of the Madonna, they will have a slight yellow base to the tube.
They seem to be out of fashion now and I admit I have none at the moment, we tend to go for the more flash types, this has set me thinking of putting some in.
Hope this helps.


Can I prune an espalier apple tree in winter?

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 23:12

Pruning of Apples can be done from the fall of the fruit until the breaking of the buds in Spring.
Summer pruning is to get rid of the unwanted young whips, in November you can shape the tree, remove any unwanted growth and prepare the Spurs.
Spurs are the shortened growth from a main branch usually cut back to just two buds, these produce the fruit.
So yes cut the young whips back down to two or three buds, if you want further tiers leave the main whip to grow on and then tie in the side branches on wires. Once you have the height you want then cut out the main whip.


Composting and wormery

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 22:56

Yes I know the tool you mention Artjak and very useful, i just prefer taking out the front slats of one of the heaps and using a fork toss it out and back, replacing the slats as I go the same end product only quicker.
I told my son to make a long heap on his farm so as you add to one end you can take compost from the back, he has plenty of room so no problem and we can turn it with the JCB.
Gardeners are tied by the room allowed and in some of the new build gardens down the lane they are lucky to get a Dalek in, a square of lawn back and front a garden shed and a clothes line although some manage to produce food crops. If the spirit is willing there is always a way.

PS Artjak my name is Frank, the Palais Glide bit was forced on me by the misplaced electronic madness we call board sign in, you would have seen a demonstration of the dance on the History of Ballroom dancing

Composting and wormery

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 16:42

Artjak, I agree with you on composting and recycling which I do religiously filling the appropriate boxes and bins also having a shed and garage full of stuff I may need one day. Can never find it when I want it though.
Composting has always been one of my garden chores although over many years I have discovered some things work and others are best left to the Green Waste collectors, lawn grass being one of those things. I do put a thin layer on my compost, but there is too much of it normally.
I have seen the Green Waste heaps, high as the JCB bucket will reach and steaming from the heat they reach because they are first shredded then turned on a regular basis. I did hear at one time they were taking butchers waste and laying it on the bottom although not now most is bagged up in quantity for potting compost as we cannot get Peat.
I even recycle potting soil by riddling it then into an old micro wave before mixing with sand and fine grit as a seed mix, if you do not have an old micro wave put it into a bucket pour boiling water on it and then dry out. It will get seeds away though no good for potting on.
I have discovered the best compost is made by turning the heap every few weeks, toss it into a barrow, stir it around and toss it back, better than a weekend in the Gym any day.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 13:36

Hello Jo, my garden is as tidy as it can be with all the spring bulbs planted way back and now showing so not too much to do, I catch up on my History writing instead.
No point in starting anything too early in the North East as we are around three weeks behind the South with growth and fruiting. My garden is quite sheltered but not a patch on the walled garden I grew up in, we had two weeks start on all around in that garden plus lots of old fruit trees including the tastiest Victoria Plums ever.
We have some warmth but the light is very poor and plants need both to thrive so I sit back and wait.


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