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Posted: 20/10/2017 at 12:18

Andy, we all take away from nature whatever we do, it will have consequences. I live in an area of leafy lanes, fields meadows and trickling streams. The wild life are squirrels foxes and plenty of birds and flying insects as a lot of the area is not cultivated, our small estate obviously is cultivated which I think adds to the diversity. very early morning Starlings blacken the lawns as they pick up the leather jackets, good for the birds hard luck on the L.J's. Although we feed the birds they seem quite tame and will perch on the spade handle as i rake the soil swooping down on anything moving. I do not use chemicals if I can manage without although we do need to at odd times. At least in our area those abominations of decking and heavy stone coverings have vanished, we may not be perfect but do not cause problems for the wild life if we can, not always possible of course. Good well made compost adds to the habitat of the smaller wild life and with larger amounts it will compact down if not turned, Air is an essential which is why I made slatted boxes up against a wall that gave back heat at night. Having had the job of turning the midden at the end of the stables as a lad I knew turning was a necessity for good well rotted compost. 

What gets me is we do not always do the right thing by ignorance, when my Daughters screamed SPIDER I would pick them up and put them outside, I did not then know they were house spiders I was doing the wrong thing, the poor things were probably scrabbling to get back into the warmth away from the danger outside. We just do not know. Good luck.


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Posted: 20/10/2017 at 11:31

Stockton N.E. Started well until some body asked "How goes the Day" bad move as it was downhill from there. Dull and rain promised plus the storm forecast for later. I was thinking of writing a song called "Stormy weather" it may have been done already oh well I could call it "Sahara sand got in my eye's" The orange glow that left me feeling err Strictly, in fact it was more err looking sickly, and if my heart had wings these foolish things remind me of you.



Posted: 20/10/2017 at 10:33

Andy, we all have our own thoughts and opinions on Compost making, The problem with wild life is how far do we go? Buddhism, never lift our heads in case we step on something or let everything take its chance. I saw slow worms and Adders when living in Hampshire never ever seen one up here in the N.E. Do we never dig the garden in case we kill something, tidy away rubbish because something may be under it? in my case it is usually snails. 

I found with three piles turning one pile into the next one along gives the best results for compost, coming from farming stock where hard decisions must be made you have to make choices we are down to earth people who know sometimes those choices will hurt. A tidy garden of our choice or something handed over to nature which is it. Some prefer one way others another it is personal choice. I turn my compost.



Posted: 20/10/2017 at 09:35

Lyn Binoculars were not needed when we arrived at the edge of the Suez Canal and found the bridge at Kantara closed whilst the ship convoy passed. Three weeks on water rationing hot and dirty I climbed out of my vehicle stripped naked and dived in. Coming back up to loud female cheers I panicked shot out of the water and my shorts flew on while looking around for the afore said females. The Canal was just a bit wider than the ships using it and on the other side was a bus load of WAAF's waiting to cross the other way. Comments across the water were loud and various, my face a sunburned brown and crimson mixed positively Khaki, Another memory Lyn some you never forget.



Posted: 19/10/2017 at 21:27

Lyn The garage is the only place for me without upsetting the neighbours, young ladies on both sides and low fences at their request. Should I consider the compost heap direct supply method, the lady over the road who has already put a label on me, although living in a bungalow, can by climbing on the wardrobe in her bedroom and using binoculars see over the bushes to my heaps. As my physical appearance appears to entrance her now, what would happen if she saw more of me, I shudder to think.

Back to compost I often scattered a hand full of granular fertiliser as I turned the heap and found it a bit too damp, that increased the heat as well.



Posted: 19/10/2017 at 19:50

Lyn what Garage does not have a good funnel.


PS aged I may be although some of the Ladies around here think me a good catch, one has put a label on me although her Husband is still alive and kicking.



Posted: 19/10/2017 at 17:28

Best add the Gentlemen's water in a garage with the door shut. Filling a plastic milk bottle after the milk is removed of course otherwise the tea tastes odd. A cup full to a watering can of water being the best, it is of course Uric acid so adding a drop of Fertiliser will also do the same job. I would advise you to not use your favourite gardeners tea mug for the addition to the watering can and definitely do not store in a pop bottle, hot days in the garden seems to have an affect on the memory says he who once nearly drank petrol?


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Posted: 19/10/2017 at 13:03

Stockton N.E. Dull possibility of rain so no red sky as forecast, very warm, good job as all the doors are open as I get some windows replaced.



Posted: 19/10/2017 at 12:58

Elaine You do not say what you are composting in, it can vary from an old dust bin to a row of home made bins such as mine, the reason for that is I can turn one bin into the next as it composts thus aerating and mixing as it goes.

Air Heat and some dampness is essential not soggy wet but a sprinkle of water as I add material is good. Paper gets put through the shredder, cardboard torn up and never put more than an inch or so of any one material on the heap at any one time. Grass cuttings can be thinly spread on the mix with some woody cuttings mixed in to speed up the process and stop the cuttings forming a mat.

Every few weeks tip out the material mix it well on a plastic sheet or in a wheel barrow then toss it back sprinkling each layer with water as you go, damp not soggy.

If using an old bin drill a few air holes in the side and bottom, it has to breathe, a wormary is a different thing I have no experience of them but always had plenty of my own compost by the above method.

Hope this helps good luck Frank.

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Posted: 18/10/2017 at 12:43

Liriodendron, Next time we have a very clear day I will give you a wave. I live on a Hill on the long rise up to Durham from Stockton, if I walk to the top of our lane and look to the West across the Dales I can see the tops of the Pennines. 

You need to buy a selfy stick Push it with the Camera attached through the self sealing letter opening and point upwards. Just a thought, bit late now though if it is a 100 year event as they keep telling us only it was actually 30 years.


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