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by madasafish
Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:12 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Spring Progress
Replies: 17
Views: 3916

I note the comment"banana skins, onion, citrus, meat and fish scraps that cannot go in a wormery" at the top of the advert http://www.greengardener.co.uk/bokashi.htm Wel I compost all the above in a wormery with no problems... (grapefruit and all...) Are Staffordshire worms tougher or is t...
by madasafish
Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:44 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: flippin' aphids everywhere!
Replies: 10
Views: 3970

I spray with a solution of soap and water (decorators soap solution works well). Kills mamy and is organic (and cheap)
by madasafish
Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:07 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Planting toms from saved seed
Replies: 7
Views: 1845

My compost heap always gets a few tomatoes in autumn from the stems.. And my garden then grows various tomato plants in mid summer.. including last year 2 hanging baskets.. (Gradeners Delight I think). The tomatoes tasted fine...:-) - in fact more flavourful than greenhouse grown probably because of...
by madasafish
Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:04 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 71
Views: 16686

Well of course one contribution to global warming is electricity distribution. Ever wonder why the cost of a KWH from electricity is about 3 -4 times that of gas? Answer: because about 60% of all electricity generated is lost as heat from power lines and substations... So we are heating the air natu...
by madasafish
Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Hatching chicks
Replies: 26
Views: 9954

Well I'm hatching quail in a home made incubator : total cost for incubator nil as made from surplus parts/surplus packaging/old dimmer switch etc...
by madasafish
Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:55 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Your favourite piece of equipment
Replies: 36
Views: 20256

I have a old (rehandled twice) small spade whose blade is about 20cm wide and 25cm long. Ideal for digging holes for fence posts (we have CLAY:-(. Was my father in laws so about 60?years old and very nice to handle as light and compact...also ideal for digging up deep weedroots plus nettles and bram...
by madasafish
Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: disbelief
Replies: 51
Views: 11440

I started yoga 5 years ago - once a week.

Compared to when I started I am much more supple... does it prevent back pains when strating digging after a layoff? No.. but they go very quickly....
by madasafish
Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: hello from 'fish'
Replies: 17
Views: 3310

Hello Fish and welcome.

Hope your name means (and am sure it does) you are saner than me....:-)
by madasafish
Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:42 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Sowing too early??
Replies: 21
Views: 7047

Having grown up in NE Scotland and moved to Staffordshire:

1. it's warmer here.
2. I never plant anything uncovered outside before end April.

So I agree: far too early...
by madasafish
Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:57 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: First frogspawn
Replies: 15
Views: 6104

My previous post was too optimistic.
We had our first pile of frogspawn Sunday night - 18th March.

It snowed - right on cue - the next day:-)
by madasafish
Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:38 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: What birds visit your garden?
Replies: 16
Views: 7086

robin, blackbird, bluetit,chaffinch (lots), greattit, longtailed tit,coal tit, siskin (rare), thrush (occasional), crow, jackdaws, magpies, dunnocks,yellow hammer, bullfinch,greater spotted woodpecker,tree creeper,pheasant,wood pigeon, collared dove, wren and less often merlin, sparrowhawk, goshawk,...
by madasafish
Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: severe weather warning!
Replies: 6
Views: 1293

Forecast for us is -4C.. so greenhouse heater on (as usual at night) plus fleece over evrything in greenhouse 9at night)...


Nothing outside...
by madasafish
Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:31 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: snow
Replies: 24
Views: 4528

Hard frost this am.. BBC Gardening weather forecast very useful.
No outdoor sowing before April here.. and yes we have had snow in early may before..
by madasafish
Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:12 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Poppies and Basil
Replies: 19
Views: 7625

Interesting. We have about .5 acre garden with fields on 2 sides. At the front - south facing - I often grow dahlias which become covered in blackfly harvested by ants. I no longer spray with anything but soap solution (no insecticides in garden at all) and crush blackfly by hand running up dahlia s...
by madasafish
Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:52 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Is there any such thing as one rat?
Replies: 19
Views: 6806

Weil's disease..:-(

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