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Peat Ballan

Latest posts by Peat Ballan

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 10:59

I feel safe with the Westlands stuff.

I have been seiving my  home made compost these days, and though it LOOKS quite chipper, I have a sneaking feeling that there's more to compost than looks ! I really MUST get my act together and do these ph tests. The tester I bought, a metal rod for 'prodding ' the soill and like a soothe sayer, would incant the ph of the soil, was a complete non-starter. The indicator on the guage remained vigilant, but still, motionless and without interest !  It is now a label holder somewhere in the lotty !

Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 23:02

Hi Netherfield, I shall have to water the soil from underneath from now on !

Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 10:27

I  live and learn !

Shed Theft

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 10:19

My wife (she who must, & etc ) have a nice 'lotty just up the road from our house. A lotty fruther up the road was broken into, wood ripped and broken, some good tools nicked and general inconveinience, but it is the mindless morally bankrupt thievery that hurts. We are just trying to do our best in economic downturn. We are trying to grow our veg, re-charge our emotional batteries, have a nice time and some deprived, depraved idiot comes along and tries to bugger it all up. A sad reflection of the times, unfortunately. But then again, fortunately, OUR shed hasn't been hit,    YET. iI have a hasp, padlock and it LOOKS safe and secure, but to a determined  swine, then it is ANYBODY'S target . Inside, everything valuable is chained to its place, padlocked and removal is difficult. Now, where the hell did I leave the keys ??

Does anyone know a proven way to rid my allottment of mares tail?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 09:00

Just read my last entry, and apologies for absurd spelling mistakes, like 'goof luck'. Perhaps this is a Freudian slip !  GOOD luck anyway. 

Talkback: Growing strawberry plants

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 22:34

I put in a strawb bed with 50% home grown plants, and the remainder of store bought. I don't know whether it's the weather, but the berries are looking very 'peely wally' and 'she who must' is encouraging me to rip 'em all out and start a new bed. Might this be a good idea. I have invested lots of fibre , mulch material, old growbag stuff, and last year, some old playground bark chips. Have I buggered up the soil ?  

Does anyone know a proven way to rid my allottment of mares tail?

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 22:24

As mares tail has  been around for several million years, don't expect it to be an easy job !  I had it in my allotment fo a few years after taking it over, and have made continuous raids on it, buy digging it out by the root, CAREFULLY, and trying to get EVERY bit of the root our, even the small bits, as they will just regenerate if left, from the tiniest remnant overlooked. Dig, scratch, root out at every chance appearance, and accept that it is an ongoing task. Be vigilant and patient. You will eventuaally reduce it to a manageable level.  Goof luck.  Oh yes ! If you can get a pig in to rootle it up, then this is even better !

Talkback: Wet weather on the veg plot

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 22:13
The wet weather has been so extreme so far this year, that I have just about given up on any successful crops. I should have gone for either a rice paddy or water cress ! I thought it was gunna be a good year during one warm patch a couple of months ago, but then it rained and turned cold enough for a virtual 2nd winter. Sweet peas under a frame, with fleece covering them, failed miserably, dwarf beans disappeared as soon as they poked the surface. Blueberry bushes have thinned out alarmingly. Peach and cherry leaf curl hit as usual, and leaves have dropped off from heavy rain. A zero crop of apples is expected. What a calamitous year !

Talkback: Emptying the compost bin

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 14:06

Finding wildlife in the compo bin is the worst thing in the gardening day, oop t'lotty. I have found bumble bees, a rats nest, sow bugs, (wood lice) and a multitude of wrigglies, crawlies and buzzers.  I HATE causing distress to the wee critturs, but as there are some 6 bins, barrels, tubs and bins for compost making, I do have a choice of compost to use.  No toads yet, but an occasional froggie goes wooing out into the damp nights from a bin quite often. I think a second pond is called for, for the use of toads, should they desire. I would also welcome newts, sober preferred !

Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 15:10

Hmph !       As for aerating the grass/lawn, I think a mills bomb would have the same effect for the crater effect, BUT IT still LEAVES 50% of the root system in the ground, on the ground I have anyway !  Love the dialogue anyway !

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