Steve 309

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Donald or hillary?

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 16:14

Aha!  ..or... AHA!   FAIRY NUFF.


Donald or hillary?

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 16:02

There's a lot of shouting going on here - maybe everyone's angry at the result, which is understandable.  Or maybe the Caps Lock key has got stuck.

How long before someone shoots Trump?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:56

Hi all

Hope all are well.

Def too early - Monty's on!

Just (yesterday) got through harvesting 50kg+ of apples (Crispin) from IB; now en route to the boat....whose engine is finally being fitted next week!

Why are blackbirds digging the garden

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:39

The nematode worms are very specific as to their host and will only attack the beasties they're s'posed to.

It's usually starlings that dig up lawns looking for leatherjackets.


Posted: 24/09/2016 at 16:59

Stand by.......

(those of a nervous disposition may wish to vacate the premises)




Last edited: 24 September 2016 17:01:23

Daffodil and tulip bulbs

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 22:41

Daffs look like elongated small onions; tulips have a smoother, shinier outer layer with some flattish bits and usually some white bits showing through.

Leave the leaves

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:08

Exactly so, Onopordum.

Several years ago I nearly got a job as a technician at a municipal composting site.  My duties would have included scaling the 10m-high heaps every morning and thrusting in a thermometer to measure the temperature at various points.  Once it fell below 60 deg. C, the bulldozers were called in to turn the heaps and make them heat up again.  SO they get pretty hot and do indeed kill everything in there.

BUT there's no guarantee it's free of bits of plastic, glass and metal.  That depends mostly on what people put in.

Leave the leaves

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:20

If you have a far-sighted and sufficiently green council, you can probably put the leaves, along with all your other garden and kitchen waste into their green bin and let them do the composting.  Then they'll sell it back to you in the form of well-rotted garden compost, which you could make yourself - but probably not as well - if you had the space.

Weed Flame Wand

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:13

You can barbecue them, but it's a lot quicker and uses a lot less gas just to cook them gently.  As soon as they get hot they'll die and will then dry out in a day or three.  If you're the pyromaniacal type - or if they're particularly resilient - you can go back over them then to destroy the evidence.

Last edited: 18 September 2016 17:14:14


Posted: 18/09/2016 at 17:09

In my (limited) experience of these, they're unkillable!

A few years ago I took over a neglected greenhouse where there were many houseleeks, large and small, in pots of dried-up compost.  They all looked like ex-houseleeks.  Nevertheless (always the optimist) I watered them and, by the time I came back the following week they'd all (well, mostly) perked up and looked green and reasonably healthy.  I potted up some in fresh compost, and some went in the ground outside.  All did well, most of them flowered and most also had offshoots,

So I don't think it matters much what you do with them!

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