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Wormery design

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 23:51

I think if I add some kind of stopper to the one I have it would work. I have some old cable holder that if turned upside down would do the job.

Wormery design

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 15:12

I have had a wormery for several years now but the compost is never as good as I expected it to be. This year I have left it for the last 8 weeks pretty much to its own devises and lo and behold the top tier of the bin has very nice compost whilst the bottom one is very compact and there is still the odd bit left in it. There are quite a lot of worms in it now (had a bit of a worm collapse the other year) but they seem to struggle a bit at the bottom layers.

After thinking a bit why the top tier is dong quite well and the bottom one not I suspect that my cheapo wormery might need something to keep the trays further apart. when stacked together they more less or have a couple of centimetres between them and I am starting to suspect the reason the bottom layer never really gets very good is that it becomes too compact due to the trays squashing them down (in addition to my excessive tea consumption, probably 50% of the stuff in there is tea leaves).

So my question is does more expensive wormeries have quite a gap between the tiers allowing the worms to get about their business without having the weight of the world over them? Mine came from Stokes Worms (no defunct) 

When to prune a grapevine Dornfelder

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 15:01


I have a dornfelder grapevine and it it growing rather rampantly. It is about 4 years old and getting a bit out of control. I have (ehum) not pruned it just let it get on with it. As it is getting everywhere and blocking light out to the border I need to rein it in a bit. When would be a good time to try to get some kind of framework done? The various branches probably reaches at least 20 odd meters.

The grapes also tends to be rather small but that might be because I either pick them too early or let too many ripen. When do people pick theirs? I start in September.

unknown geranium

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 12:13
Thank you Jo47. It looks very much like that. I knew you lot would come up trumps!

unknown geranium

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 12:02
Hi, my sister bought this deep green geranium which has fury leaves that smell of peppermint. According to the lady who sold it is has small white flower courts. Any idea what variety it may be. Its likely to be an indoor one as it was bought in Sweden. I have a photo but can't figure out how to upload that from my phone.

planting mirabilis jalapa tubers

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 20:43
Mine has just sprouted. No idea if it will manage to flower.

planting mirabilis jalapa tubers

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:29
No idea. Probably soon is guess.

Bird of paradise seeds

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:48
Thank you all. Night so two different attempt as I have two seeds.

Bird of paradise seeds

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 10:40


has anyone tried to grow this from seeds? A friend of mine brought me two seeds from Tenerife. the little info i have found indicates that I should soak the seed for some days but then the advice forks. Some say I should then keep it in the fridge whilst others to plant it. 

the seeds didn't come with instructions.

Weed or not a weed

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 13:30
The whole patch is a mix of wild strawberries, Greek oregano and creeping buttercups plus the odd thing I've actually planted. The left one sadly looks more like willowherb. I rather it would be what nutcutlet suggested.

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