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Peat Ballan

Latest posts by Peat Ballan

Advise for the Nettle/Comfrey users

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 16:10

Recently made up some comfrey 'soup'. It smells just like it says on the tin.! Despite having much trust in what I am doing, it iss a trust through an act of blind faith. I cannot really say that despite years of doing this, it has really made any difference to my plants . . . . .  inasmuch as , I make it up to roughly 1:10 ratio, and pour it on judiciously, and there is no discernable difference betwen the fed plants and the just watered plants.  I feel a lot better for doing it tho' !


Current problems with forum and login

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 22:32

Hey ! I've got a piece of paper with the time written on it ! (Thursday neet, 2233hrs ! )

Current problems with forum and login

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 19:54

Hi, Cutnutlet,  Of late, I too have found that all of a sudden, there is a cut off from 'conversations' . This has been going on for more than a month now............  I thought everyone hated me ! 

Current problems with forum and login

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 18:00


Talkback: Fungi

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 17:58

A couple orthree years ago, uner the old apple tree which i use to prevent sea sickness, I foud a small circle of small black slimy unhealthy looking toad stools. They formed a sort of evil fairy ring, which over the next three years, grew wider and wider. This year, it seems to have exhausted itself. I found only a few remnants of the ring and now it has 'healed' itself.

Seeds- your opinions and advice

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 22:43

I feel such a twit !  I thought that 20lilly02 was yer name ! OF COURSE !  It's  AMY ! How could I have got it wrong so easily ???  Silly old sow and sow !

Seeds- your opinions and advice

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 11:35

The garden, or lotty, whatever, is virtually ESSENTIAL for a life to be complete and fulfilled !  I find that wor lotty s the stage for complete range of every emotion known to man. Despair to bubbling joy in a few days, when seeds come up where they should, or roughly close to. Gardening takes one out of the pain of misery and grief, by setting up challenges for you. It also connects you to something almost ethereal, spiritual and indescribable pleasures. You can dig, rake and just 'be', with your little patch of this planet, doing your 'thing'. 

What you get out of it depends on wh at you put into it. Listen to what people have to advise, when sharing their experiences, then take it home with you, Potter. Have a deck chair handy, and a flask of what your scene is, chew on a sarnie, and perhaps the following year, you will be eating what you have produced by your own labours.

Gardening isn't a race, it isn't a timetable and it ain't on rails. Nature has it's own ideas, and laughs at our plans, intentions and ambitions. Go with nature and the natural speed of things. If it doesn't work, slow down, or speed up. No need to spend zillions of pounds for a good patch. Become a good gardener by checking out skips, and collect things for a rainy day. 

I have, opened packets of seeds in a plazzy box, and within the box are spilled seeds mixed up together in a bewildering collection of what I call, 'Lucky Dip'.     Carrots, parsnips, brassicas, radishes, Lettuces, peas and sweet peas, all take their chance in a spare row along an edge of the patches. 

Bless you Lilly, and just let things happen. 



Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:55

Bees....... great little workers, aren't they ?  then, as our local apriarist says, they're murderous, ruthless and without anything in the way of community warmth, unless you consider, fanning the hive to cool down or warm up. They bite off the wings of the members of the hive, and leave them to die at the end of their usefulness, and are slaves to the hive, without anything to divert them from the hive's best interests. Much like a communist or Nazi society. Mind you, I sometimes feel that we are sliding into something like this ourselves. nowadays.  You have an extra cell in your hive,      move out or lose benefit ! Produce or die !           Rant and be damned !

herbal lawns

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 21:29

Just popped in some marjoram into a space left by one of the concrete flags, As soon as the miissus turns the other way, I'll put in some thyme under the old lilac tree. The bee hive will have to be pacified when I go around it for the feverfew, perhaps.

A neighbour donated some 5 sq metres of surplus lawn turfs. It has enabled me to re-jig the initial set up  and be more 'organic' in the positioning of some things.


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 21:16

Now, THAT old golde moldy  cracked me up. Thanks W/O !  I'm still in favour of arming badgers, just to even things up.

Discussions started by Peat Ballan


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leaf mulching

how to get the most out of your old leaves 
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improving shed and garden security 
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GM seeds

to seed or not to seed 
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herbal lawns

Establishing a herbal lawn 
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Now the soil is warm

what and where to plant and sow 
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bee hives

benefits of bee hives 
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where and when to burn or not to burn 
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