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Posted: 17/08/2013 at 16:44
hi obilixx,
Hives don't have to cost a about making your own? here's a good link for you that contains plans for a Top Bar Hive.

A course on beekeeping is a good investment(and helps you decide whether you can handle being surrounded by a cloud of buzzing bees!!!)
loads of info and instructive videos on this great site.

Seem to be more bumbles than honeybees round my allotment this year.

Using charcoal

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 23:36
hello reg,
i have been saving charcoal from my wood stove to use mixed in compost for my house plants.
1.put the charcoal in a strong bucket and soak it in a either worm/comfrey or nettle "tea" for a week or 2.
2.pour off any tea that remains, then leave charcoal to dry out.
3.once dry, pound the charcoal (in the bucket) into a powder and add to compost.
the charcoal will slowly release nutrients into the compost.

it is also possible to use a product called biochar which comes in big bags.
here's a link you might find interesting.

Wood ash

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 23:06
whoops sorry folks,
post should read; don't add wood ash BEFORE the composting process is completed.

Wood ash

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 22:46
hello all,
wood ash is alkaline i believe. i read in a composting book that wood ash shouldn't be added to the compost heap after the process is completed,(if you see what i mean), as it slows down the composting magic.
After all this years rain i was going to use it on my veg beds to sweeten them up, but i'm not sure how much to use per sq mt. can anyone advise me please??
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