Latest posts by steephill


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 23:08

My last climb in Scotland before I left to start working in London was the Aonoch Eagach, happy days!


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:45

Edd, you have brought back to me memories of climbing Ben More and Stob Binnien in Winter many years ago, not far from you. We climbed up through miserable December rain up into the clouds all the while wondering why on earth we were doing this on such a foul day. Then we broke through the cloud just as we hit the snow line at about 3,000ft and ran the rest of the way up to the summit.  It was a transcendent moment seeing a world consisting of nothing but cloud and snow covered Munroes. Be safe. 


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:07

One source of ads which get loaded onto this website (and many others) comes from Adchoices - you will see a small triangle with an i in the centre in the corner of the ads if this system is active. Adchoices is an interest based ad server which will show ads related to your browsing habits, tracking you in effect. If you click on the triangle on one of the ads you should find an option to unsubscribe from the companies who use the Adchoices ad serving system. Unfortunately it won't help with the spammers who already have your details.

Another side effect of an active Adchoices link is that it can slow down trying to use this site on Android tablets. Every time you click a link the Adchoices system tries to access your browsing history to decide which ads to show you and slows things to a crawl.

Fertilzer Concentrations

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 14:19

The simple looking N:P:K label is in fact quite complex. This link explains it in some detail but you need to know a bit of chemistry to fully understand the implications. For example potash is largely potassium chloride (as used in LoSalt for a low sodium diet) but the K number refers to the equivalent oxide K2O. That is why UK labelling carries more information including the actual elemental composition.

The RHS gives some simpler advice on labelling here . It is interesting that the so-called "balanced" fertiliser Growmore (NPK of 7:7:7) is in fact a high nitrogen fertiliser.

Fertilzer Concentrations

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 23:11

You aren't doing anything wrong. Given that they are very different dilutions why do you expect the numbers to be comparable?

Is it OK to jet-wash a patio in Winter?

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 14:27

I wouldn't worry about water freezing because it is going to do that anyway - rain, snow and frost will take it toll. I would wait until I wanted to make regular use of the patio though or your friend will just have to do it twice.

Coffee granules

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 22:42

Nothing crazy about it, the regulations mean that unless it has been properly tested for effectiveness and safety as a pesticide then you can't sell it as such  and rightly so in my view. Do we want another DDT disaster from poorly tested pesticides? Look at the controversy over neonicotinoids. 

There is nothing to stop you putting your own grounds or any one else's on your garden as a mulch or soil conditioner. It won't stop slugs though, for that apparently you need to use the coffee you made with the grounds. I put ours in the compost bin.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 18:43

Spent a joyful couple of minutes today watching a wren searching through pots and troughs.

Here's a robin from Christmas Day at Rudyard Lake near Leek, Staffs.

No More Mower (or any engine) Starting Heartaches..

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 23:03

Unsafe by design is my main concern. In order to use it with my lawnmower I would have to bypass the dead man's handle safety feature. That is a potentially fatal problem.

Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 17:15

 None of my extensive Bramble collection have hollow stems so I don't see how you could inject weedkiller or insert pipecleaners into them. Am I missing something?

Cutting back followed by repeated application of Glyphosate on the new leaves will work though.

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