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Peat Ballan

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Posted: 08/12/2012 at 20:33

A classic line from radio 4 and Gardeners QT. as heard by Mary Whitehouse.........

'tits, like coconuts........................................................................ ......and


sparrows like breadcrumbs.


Posted: 07/12/2012 at 18:17

Goldie-finches are beautiful, but wasteful philanderers of Niger seeds. I get a good crop of sedlings geowing underneath where their feeder hangs, and they only eat 1/2 of what I put out, the top half of the feeder. Ungrateful little wretches !  I do have tho' a very voracious cock peasant wot scratches up the grass as a sort of lawn scowerererer. Large patches of well worked grass around and about !  Bless ! He'll be for Xmas lunch !

best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 16:26

Rent a lion for a couple  of days !

making leaf mould

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 22:05

Gawd ! Wot 'ave  I gorn an' done ? I thought I was the only etymological derivitive goon around here !

making leaf mould

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 18:40

I trundle 'round in the car with a few bags, and gather up the fallen leaves by the roadside. I get about 3 cubic metres this way, and then take 'em back to t'lotty, and dump the lot in the 'play pen,' for a year or so, then chop the lot with the mower, and if they are 'ready', use the stuff for mulching along beds, bean rows, peas  and fruit canes. No ill effects so far ! It might also attract a hedgehog, or something cuddly along the way. I have a ramshackle woodpile beside the playpen just in case.

By the way, WHAT is  ramSHACKLE ????? Is it similar to a 'newfangle' ??


Posted: 18/09/2012 at 18:16

LOL ! as it goes !  Thanks Frank !


Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:23

Hi Frank,   it's all coming clearer now. The 'manure' as we so coyly call it, is brought direct from the local stables, with copious amounts of straw in it. Geet lovely stuff, but I find that straw does seem to last a helluva long time before rotting down. it seems more of a 'feel good' factor then a 'do good' one. The best thing I saw coming out of straw was a hare, the other day !

I  shall suck it and see, as the old saying goes..


Posted: 17/09/2012 at 21:18

With the 'hot bed' system......... would it be at all feasable to make up the bed for the over-winter spell, and then, when it has served it's purpose, move the bed frame along to more or less re-position it alongside the 'spent' patch, and then do it all over again, thus gradually conditioning , manuring and feeding the whole of the garden in a few years ?  I was thinking of making a bed area of about 2 metres by 4 metres, or perhaps 0.5 of a metre smaller if it seems too large and heavy to handle. These salvaged double glazing units get quite similar to sheets of iron in their sturdiness !  All OK for quick dismantling and wotnot.




Posted: 17/09/2012 at 15:38

If horses have a non-conducive digestive system for manure heaps, and weeds grow in the soil from therewithin, why is it recommended to use fresh horse muck for hot beds ??? All these different opinions seem to cancel each other out .

Snails - the French have the right idea

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 18:07

CORRECTION !  Not Berginia as I mentioned in a previous slot, but HOSTA !!!

BUT, berginia DOESN'T  get ravaged by slugs or snails, so there is a plant that is mollusc resistant. So, there we are........ Hosta for sacrifice, Berginia for resistance.  

Onwards and downwards !

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