Latest posts by steephill

Large wasps in my house

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 14:20

I think that you already had a nest in your house which is the source of these new queens. It will probably be somewhere in the roof but might not be accessible to you. Far better to catch and release them than kill them, wasps do valuable service for us in pest control in the garden.

Drip irrigation problem

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:33

Use a larger bore feed pipe to reduce flow resistance, 13mm is commonly used for this. I have a hozelock system running off a tap which uses a combination of 13mm feed pipe and microbore drip pipes.

These systems generally have pressure reducers fitted to keep pressure to 1 atmosphere but a 2 metre head is only a fifth of an atmosphere so you need to minimise flow resistance.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 20:29

My regular commute before retiring was from Waterloo Station to Victoria Street so I have walked that route many hundreds of times usually silently cursing tourists getting in my way and swearing revenge when I next go on holiday to their countries. Despite my grumpy old git persona I was regularly asked to take their photos on the bridge with their own cameras and was always happy to do it. At that time of day a lot of the people on the bridge would have been tourists enjoying the sights and probably feeling safe having seen the substantial security presence around Westminster, my heart goes out to them.

The police on duty at Westminster have a tough job trying to balance security needs and the hoards of tourists innocently rubber necking at Parliament and do it very well so it is sickening to behold such a pointless act of violence. 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 22:55

It didn't put us off and I was able to return the favour shortly afterwards on Ben More (Crianlarich version) when he slipped off a ridge having just put away his ice axe. I jumped after him with mine still in hand and was able to stop both of us before a nasty cliff edge. The funny thing is I have a healthy dose of vertigo! Still love the hills though and love seeing your shots of the local hills of my youth. Keep them coming!

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 16:25

Bum sliding was nearly the end of me many years ago in the Cairngorms. We set up a 2 man "snow canoe" (large tough plastic sheet) and started poling with our paddles(ice axes) down a gentle slope singing the Banana Boat song as we went along. Of course the gentle slope soon got a lot steeper and we found ourselves hurtling down a steep icy slope. By the time we had both bailed out and deployed ice axes I was left hanging on a near vertical ice slope and couldn't get a toe hold to allow me to cut steps to get off the slope. Every time I eased the ice axe out I started sliding again.

My mate had bailed a fraction earlier onto softer snow and thankfully was able skirt the ice then cut his way across to make that crucial first toe hold for me and we both got off there safely. The skiers way below us would have been taken out like 9 pins if I had fallen, I reckon I would have hit terminal velocity on the way down. In both senses of the word! 

1st Slow worm of 2017 ?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 17:35

Lovely to see them out and about. I found one on top of the compost in one of my daleks yesterday. I need to empty out the daleks to extract the usable compost and reload the immature stuff but will wait for a warmer day to make sure the slow worms are mobile enough to get themselves out of the way temporarily. 

Plant ID

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 18:04

Maybe redcurrant?

Planting 2 Vegs together??

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 17:59

Try broad beans and potatoes together, they are a traditional paring with the potatoes supposedly benefiting from the nitrogen fixation by the beans. I did this last year with second early potatoes and a normal tall variety of broad bean and it worked OK for me.

Absolutely nowt to do with gardening

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 13:30

I scanned all of mine as they don't take up any room once they are in the computer. No need to buy a scanner nowadays of course,  just use a camera like the one in your phone and you can easily keep a permanent record.

Awaiting delivery of my first greenhouse...

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 13:25

First thing to think about is water. Have a source of water close to the greenhouse, either piped in with one if the plastic irrigation systems or at least have a water butt beside it which you can top up with a hose, you don't want to be traipsing up and down the garden with watering cans if you can avoid it.

What veg are you planning to grow?  Plenty of us started with tomatoes but stick with what you enjoy best. You can get early crops of strawberries in containers, salad leaves, chillies, herbs which like heat such as basil, lots of possibilities. 

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