Zoomer44


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Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 22:21

I just use a hoe or fork and turn the compost in on it's self from the sides but start when it's only a quarter full, then turn it again when it's a further quarter full.  

As for getting it out, I make sure there's no creepy crawlie's round the rim, lean in and scoop it into a large bucket. 

Recycling things to use in the garden

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 22:28

I use plastic milk cartons to store home made seaweed feed. Reuse old labels by soaking them in bleach for a few days, takes all the marker pen off them. Old panes of cracked glass from the GH get cut down to uniform sizes and are used as cloches.The large fizzy pop bottles are cut in half as cloches.

An old plastic dust bin for a water butt, the up turned lid collects water and when full it gets tipped in. An old plastic dust bin stores next years manure or  can be used to let leaves rot down in. Flower buckets to grow veg in. I've cut the bottom of those too and use them in the GH as bottomless pots to grows stuff in the GH bed. 

Wooden fruit crates are excellent for putting potted up plants in. The containers take-a-ways come in are good to freeze stuff grown in the garden and great to store various feeds like bone meal in or bird seed, slug pellets etc, and. they are mouse, nibble proof. I have a problem some years with mice in the shed nibbling through things. 

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 21:17

A crispy and and chilly morning here, but as the day wore on the sun came out, down to 5C according to the temp gauage in the car driving home this evening. Can't wait for the clocks to change, it'll be nice to get home in day light again.    

Talkback: How to grow garlic

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 00:40

Swedboy. My garlic planted in October has done nothing but rotted and gone mouldy. I started a new batch indoors, January time, forced the roots and after a spell in the GH planted 12 cloves out yesterday with the rest following next weekend. With a bit of luck,hopefully the bulbs will split.  

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 22:03

I like sweet potatoes but haven't grown them, according to the T & M website they like warm growing conditions preferably in a GH or polytunnel, well worth a look. Keep us informed, you could become our resident overnight expert on growing them  

Feedback to Questions/Answers

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 21:40

I can only get one anagram. I'm working on the extra b , it will come eventually .

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 21:32

I enjoy all the one's grown in my garden, so much so, most never make it to the kitchen. They're fairly bog standard one's though - Pea's Early Onwards, Sugar Snap, mangetout - Delikata and for the first time last year - Purple Pea.

Apart from the latter the others grew well from seeds sown early March, must be the soil and being sheltered but pea's and beans do really well in my garden. We had a couple of very chilly nights too after they were planted out mid April. The latter fared better from seeds sown in April and planted out when the seedlings were ready. Pea's Early Onward and the Sugar Snap variety me thinks were frost hardy.

They were ready to pick early July, as I was eating them before I went on my  jollies, very tasty

Talkback: Growing chillies from seed

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 19:58

I sowed two varieties of chillies yesterday, a week earlier than last year and probably  to early but I couldn't wait.  

Paper pots versus what?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 19:48

I've a window sill garland propogator. Last year seeds were sown straight into the 7 small trays and when seeds germinated the tray was taken out but I found there was then a wait for the seedlings to develop their true leaves before they could be potted on and the small tray could be used again.

Now I could have bought extra trays but this year I bought some 3cm module trays (me thinks about £1.99 from Wilkinsons) and cut them into blocks of 6 modules, these fit snugly in the trays and are an ideal size for sowing small quantities of seeds. The plan is, when the seeds germinate, the module blocks can be lifted out and replaced with another one straight away. They also use up less seed compost and the module can eventually be potted on with less disturbance to the roots.....that's the theory.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 18:14

I tend to buy the compost which works for the plants I grow and produces best results and it has peat in it...admittedly something of a laid back approach.  

JAB's seed and cutting compost is very good and has a reduced peat content. I've tried a soil based one and to let it get a little dry is a mega mistake, it went like concrete in the propagator   

A local Nursery is selling bags of moss peat! Silly Q...I read the link....but is that the same as the peat we are told not to use...what is moss peat...is there a difference in peat's... or is the planet in trouble no matter which one we buy! 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Growing grass paths...

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Sweet corn problems...

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