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tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: Yesterday at 18:07

Not something I lost I hasten to add but the previous owner of my current house had several "sprightly" children according to the pond has so far revealed all sorts of find being a lovely stainless steel Wok.  I cleaned it up and now use it on a regular basis.  5 or 6 years sunk in the pond doesn't seem to have done it any harm


Posted: Yesterday at 17:52

"putting worms from the compost bin into the borders is a bit of a waste....."

Debatable but it does depend on how you do it.  If you are trying to build up decent borders (as I am in the process of doing ), some excess worms.....those few recalcitrant individuals who drop onto the ground when the lid is lifted.......can be incorporated into your borders along with some of the organic matter in which they have been living.  I certainly wouldn't advocate hoofing all the worms that collect on the lid out into the post probably didn't make that clear  My method of rehoming my excess worms is just my experience but composting is an interesting subject ( well, it beats what's on TV these days )

I would add that I have only be using the Dalek type bins ( without a front opening either) for a couple of years.....prior to that, I always had the more natural "heaps" along with Wormeries 


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:36

It is a regular occurrence with the Dalek type bins........just wipe them carefully off the rim so you don't squash them when replacing the lid and drop them back in the bin.

The Daleks aren't ideal composters as you cannot easily turn the compost  and keep it aerated as you would normally.  However, your worms ( or at least enough of them ) will remain in the bin to do their work.  Alternatively, collect your excess worms and put them in your garden borders.

A properly constructed compost heap is ideal but not everyone has the space for that so the Daleks are here to stay

Green tomatoes

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:25

Newboy...........Green chutney is good for un ripe toms.........waste of good toms if you use the varieties which remain green when ripe

Using soil riddled with ivy

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:22

Be a shame to dump would only have to replace with new to build up the area for new planting.

If you are pretty certain that you have removed all the roots I'd leave it in situ.  As Pansy says, any roots reappearing should be easy to spot and remove.

Stored Spuds Sprouting

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:49

Rocket...........not huge croppers but make seriously good Wedges.....cut up and deep fried...........dried off and then into the freezer.  Cook in the oven from frozen.  First time trying this method but I'd certainly do it again....nicely dry and fluffy

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:32

That'll explain it then Dove...........there's "tidying" and then there's "tidying".

A few questions

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:27

Strelitzia from seed........I think they take a good few years to reach flowering size.

Auto vent......depends on the make/type.......on mine, I disconnect the vent arm from the g/h and then chain the vent down so it cannot blow open.  If you still have the instructions for your auto vents, see if it tells you the best way to disconnect,

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:18

 Thingamajigs are always the worst culprits.........not only can you not find them, you cannot really remember their proper name to ask other interested ( or not so interested  ) parties if they have seen them recently. 

Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:10 have to tie yourself to the fence........I think it's known as "Extreme Gardening"  If its any consolation, just as well you did it today as it seems set to be even windier in the next couple of days.

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