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by diggernotdreamer
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Hotbed Propagator
Replies: 2
Views: 23

Re: Hotbed Propagator

So is this a special hot bed or is it your 'normal' compost bin that you're adapting to function as a hotbed whilst it's working away? Yes, these are my usual compost bins, I just collect up all the stuff I need, which only takes me a few weeks with all my animals and build the heap in one go. You ...
by diggernotdreamer
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Hotbed Propagator
Replies: 2
Views: 23

Hotbed Propagator

I have been messing around with hotbeds for a while now, and I have now sorted out what I am doing with them. I have now built a hotbed propagator which is outside and is working really well. In spite of the outside temperatures dropping below 0c, the propagator has not dropped down below 7c on the ...
by diggernotdreamer
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Planting under cherry tree
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Planting under cherry tree

DND - there is a world of difference between the theory of permaculture and how people actually do it I agree completely, which is why I don't follow any particular methods, I just can't be doing with something that is almost evangelical, it also stops you from exploring and trialing yourself. So ma...
by diggernotdreamer
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Planting under cherry tree
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Planting under cherry tree

I am doing the sort of gardening I do from instinct, I had never heard of permaculture when I started in 1986, it would have been a bit niche and of course we didn't have the internet, we had to learn from other people we met. A lot of what I do is from pure observation of the local conditions, thin...
by diggernotdreamer
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Planting under cherry tree
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Planting under cherry tree

Weedo wrote:Permaculture!- likely to get your mouth washed out with soap using that word around here, particularly in the sub-tropics.


What was that noise, oh it was Bill Mollison turning in his grave - I thought he was one of yours?
by diggernotdreamer
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Dangerous weather
Replies: 9
Views: 156

Re: Dangerous weather

It has been freezing here today, east wind blowing Isn't it odd that the weather can be so different in the couple of hundred miles that separate us? Yes I've been sowing odd things since the beginning of the year, but only in the tunnel as I'm almost 100% certain it would never freeze in there. No...
by diggernotdreamer
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Mouldy peat pots!
Replies: 8
Views: 113

Re: Mouldy peat pots!

I make my own newspaper envelopes, they work really well, I will find pictures somewhere one day and post them up, toilet roll tubes also very good, the sort of mould that gets on the sides of them doesn't seem detrimental to the plants, I make sure they don't get too soggy by putting in pieces of c...
by diggernotdreamer
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Planting under cherry tree
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Planting under cherry tree

I have planted currant bushes under mature apple trees and was not that impressed with the results, while they can tolerate some shade, they fruit much better given more light. My currants bushes never thrived well, hardly produced any fruit and that was in spite of me providing a good bed for them ...
by diggernotdreamer
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Planting under cherry tree
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Planting under cherry tree

Just stick to annuals and shallow rooted plants rather than perennial plants or small shrubs which would be in more competition with the tree
by diggernotdreamer
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Dangerous weather
Replies: 9
Views: 156

Re: Dangerous weather

I have planted out potatoes in the tunnel, about two weeks ago. Sowed onion seeds into my hotbed propagator, which have followed the lettuce I sowed in there before. It has been freezing here today, east wind blowing
by diggernotdreamer
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Planting under cherry tree
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Planting under cherry tree

What did you have in mind, there are lots of things that would grow under a tree that are ornamental, spring bulbs, polyantha, forget me nots, sweet woodruff, hellbores, euphorbia or edible crops, nasturtium, salads, chard
by diggernotdreamer
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Mouldy peat pots!
Replies: 8
Views: 113

Re: Mouldy peat pots!

Perhaps you have made the pots too wet, not allowing them to dry out a bit between watering them. If you are getting mould to grow, it does show that you are providing the correct environment for fungi, i.e damp and cool, so you need to make sure these things are not too wet, are in a warm enough pl...
by diggernotdreamer
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you growing this year (2017)
Replies: 18
Views: 345

Re: What are you growing this year (2017)

There is a link here to the Potato Variety Database http://varieties.ahdb.org.uk/
by diggernotdreamer
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you growing this year (2017)
Replies: 18
Views: 345

Re: What are you growing this year (2017)

That sounds like a good idea OS. I did find some outside later on in the year that I had missed digging up and they were in good condition, but the ones inside are sprouting like mad, and as you said quickly went wrinkly, I might try keeping some in boxes of damp compost to see if it stops them doin...
by diggernotdreamer
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: bread
Replies: 9
Views: 222

Re: bread

soda bread recipe is llb brown flour 1 level teaspoon salt 1 desertspoon flour 1 heap teaspoon bread soda (I think this is bicarb?) mix all dry ingredients together in a jug mix 15 floz buttermilk (I use ordinary milk if I have none and add a teaspoon of vinegar) 1 large egg 1 desertspoon oil whisk ...

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