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Posted: 21/10/2014 at 17:05

I am considering 2 alternatives Artjac...........I either build a little shelter over my Daleks , install a light and seat and then I can spend the evening watching OR I need to buy a Flat screen Dalek and install it in my living room.  The only soap I watch is idea why other than it is so awful, it's funny ( similar to Verdun's jokes really ) and it doesn't matter if I miss half the episodes.  It is also so full of Bulls**t, it could be described as being an excellent addition to any compost bin

along came a spider

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 16:50

Beautiful........such elegant creatures

It's my birthday

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 10:03

Happy 50th to you Chicky

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 20/10/2014 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: 20/10/2014 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".

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