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Peat Ballan

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Compost Bin

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 20:28

Pallets are the most 'palletable' but they don't last too long. I allow about two to three years, and then they need replacing. You could consider lining them with plastic sheeting, or maybe carpet bits, but they are free, so what the hell ?

I would be careful about coating them with creosote or wood preservative, as some of these things can affect the contents quite adversely. Possibly, a water based preservative might be OK, but I have no history of using this for compo bins.

Good luck anyway.


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 20:14

I have just re-read that submission above, and I cannot BELIEVE  how many typing errors there are !   GERMINATION !  not wishing to cause offence to our Royal family and cast aspertions on the German folk !

Nettle Fertilizer

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 20:08

Got 6 cpmfrey plant plugs last year, by post, and they are a veritable forest now ! Great stuff, and will blend with nettles to make a good soup for the toms, courgettes, peppers.

New house, new garden, total newbie

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 17:52

'It all  depends', said Pooh, 'on what you want eventually'. You can't eat grass, unless you perhaps prefer to smoke it !  Unless you like salad rops, 'Nasty Urchins' are good to add to salad leaves. Plant some rosemary, thyme, chives, a potted bay tree for a sunny spot, marjoram, pot some mints, ie, apple or pepper or spear mints. A ballerina apple tree or two might be good. Don't try to do too much in one season. Easy duzzit, but do it.ENJOY the patch, and it will show it's appreciation by rewarding you with bounty, eventually, like busses. Nothing for a few months, and then everything happens at once !


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 17:30

I actually HAD a 'pet' badger many years ago, in Devon. It took ALL my ingenuity to sow broad beans and peas without the wee darling digging them up with unnatural precision, leaving neat holes in neat rows every night. Eventually, I tried a quick seed spray of paraffin, to deter her from excavations. It seemed to work, as we had a decent crop of beans and peas,                   eventually. I found the delight in being friends with this wild creature far outweighed the trouble in the garden. Even now, some 40+ years on, I still miss her dreadfully. One hasn't lived until you have been 'groomed' by a warm and playful badger !



Advise for the Nettle/Comfrey users

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 22:59

Minging !

leaf mulching

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 22:51

The shed of old windows and doors finally blew over a couple of winters ago, after making a canny diamond shape as the weight of snow leaned it beyond redemption.

Photography can and DOES make things look tidier than it really is. I like the strimmer in the bin method of mashing up the leaves. I'll have to try this one this w/e. I'm also gunna try putting horse muck in the tumbler compster to see what this does, besides a fine perfume across the lotty !  Ahhhhhhh. Summer. The sound of leather on willow and horse crap oop t'lotty !

leaf mulching

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 22:06

Ever ready to go where angels fear to tread, I decided to do something with the heap of soggy bagged uo leaf stuff from last year. It has been sitting in a corner of wor lotty for all this time, some 9 months and looks like it wants a job. So, I have started trying out a new system. Leaves will break down, but over a long time, compared to other old plant material. I decided to give it a boost, by emptying the sacks , a couple at a time, onto the lawn area, letting it dry a bittie, then, run over the stuf with the mower.

The grass catcher proved invaluable, and soon, I was spreading this nice fine leaf mold all over the beds, the purple sprouting, pea rows, flower beds and strawbs. It has improved the appearance of the place, is so far proving to be a good mulching medium, will be brought down into the soil by da woims, and is something of a no-dig policy. I need to water durng this drought heat wave, but it goes down quite nicely through all the fine mold.

Here are some views of the lotty, and our feathered visitor, old Cocky, the peasant.



Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:47

Now the security to wor lotty is so good, that the other day, much to my dsmay. I locked the gate, and then saw my keys lying on the table down the  path. I had to go to me mate, the bee keeper to borrow HIS keys to get back in !

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 14:19

I have mentioned lion AND tiger poo, ( how twee,         Poo !!!! ), but elicited little approval, disparaging put downs and ridicule.  Nay, apologise ye not ! I can take it !

Perhaps a little aerosol of big cat urine to really put the mockers on the puddy tats in de garding.

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