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8 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

Remember when people went out in the street and had fun?

 

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How many years ago was that?😉

 

Allan

 

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27 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

Remember when people went out in the street and had fun?

 

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 I still think that chap is Bryan Conley...Then again????

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8 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

But some books just seem overpriced.

 

The market's bottomed out, Ian. Buy, buy, buy!!  😀

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15 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

 

The market's bottomed out, Ian. Buy, buy, buy!!  😀

 

Bye bye bye. You seem in one of your Yorkshire moods.

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Been told not to light fires on the allotment, as the smoke can be troublesome for people with respiratory problems. 

 

BBQs next ?

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Yes...no-one should be ‘lighting fires’,  especially this weekend.

If all had gone to plan we would have been with all our children and grandchildren right this minute. 

We miss them. 

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Well, we're having to burn some garden waste because they've stopped collecting it and closed the tip. It's got to go somewhere but no-one told the plants to stop growing.

We're leaving it a few days to dry out and do it after 8pm when everybody should have shut their windows anyway. Not too much smoke.

But it's our own garden so no council to tell us off!

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It's remarkable how much material you can get into a garden waste bin. Several times I've noticed ours overflowing as the Mrs hacks away at recalcitrant growth, but an attack with a spade from above has so far lowered the level to the extent that the lid will shut. It's getting to be rather heavy mind. We asked the lads on the normal bin round if we could put garden stuff into the, very rarely even half full, domestic bin and they said yes. Unclear what the official view is. 

 

We do compost quite a lot of material, all our vegetable waste and some paper/card. Toilet roll tubes are used to raise some deep rooted seedlings, e.g. parsnips, they rot down once planted in the ground.

 

I've recently discovered that some of the supermarket plastic packaging can be used as seed trays, they're actually rather better made than some of  the trays you get for the purpose!  Yoghurt pots (Greek no fat in our case) make excellent garden  pots which we will use to raise sweetcorn (maize) later this year. You can poke holes in the bases of these containers using a heated metal thing, e.g. a bicycle wheel spoke. It will be interesting to see if any of these plastic items are biodegradable, so far nothing has decomposed.

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I was thinking of turning the compost today but I may put it off so I have something to look forward to.

 

Stay safe!

 

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40 minutes ago, Mr Standfast said:

I was thinking of turning the compost today

 

26 minutes ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

I may wash the car again today,

 

I’m writing a short history of timewasting, but I’m finding it hard to concentrate. There are so many distractions. Look… hamsters… and they’re dancing!!

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Came across this weird flower on one of our daily walks. Apparently it is illegal to sell it in the UK!

Western Skunk Cabbage.

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1 hour ago, Mr Standfast said:

I was thinking of turning the compost today but I may put it off so I have something to look forward to.

 

Stay safe!

 

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If you what any help with that, just ask. I will need a bit more information though. Like what's compost? And what's turning? Is turning a musical term, like tuning? 

 

Edo

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1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

If you what any help with that, just ask. I will need a bit more information though. Like what's compost? And what's turning? Is turning a musical term, like tuning? 

 

Edo

 

I guess compost isn't so big in Brooklyn. Edo, its just a pile of grass cuttings and organic stuff left in a corner of the garden to decay into a mulch. Turning it gets some air into it to aid the microbes. Be interested to see where this takes the thread...I suspect we have some A grade compositor reading.

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Yikes! So compost is . . . rot? We had a lot of that in Brooklyn. 

 

When I lived in Oxfordshire, April was the month when the sun reappeared and the countryside began to bloom. I had thought I would take a 3-day train trip to Chester or Leeds. Chester because I miss Village England. Not to be this spring. I hate HATE taking pictures of empty street. I've said 1,000 times that I don't do Live News and don't want to. So I'm bored. Yes, we're all bored. 

 

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The WiFi has disappeared in my building. ??? I'm using the data for Hotspot on my phone. It is expensive. 

 

Be extra careful and stay safe, people. 

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1 hour ago, Mr Standfast said:

 

I guess compost isn't so big in Brooklyn. Edo, its just a pile of grass cuttings and organic stuff left in a corner of the garden to decay into a mulch. Turning it gets some air into it to aid the microbes. Be interested to see where this takes the thread...I suspect we have some A grade compositor reading.

 

We have a half acre plot so lots to compost! Two big containers made from pallets, one with fresh stuff rotting down and one with the previous year’s compost. That goes onto the vegetable beds along with some local manure and the rotting down stuff gets turned over into the empty side. 

Fascinating stuff eh?!

 

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1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:

 

We have a half acre plot so lots to compost! Two big containers made from pallets, one with fresh stuff rotting down and one with the previous year’s compost. That goes onto the vegetable beds along with some local manure and the rotting down stuff gets turned over into the empty side. 

Fascinating stuff eh?!

 

That's exactly my system too as I have a huge amount to compost every year. from a very big garden with hedges along the sides by the field. Two four feet cubes for each bin and I fill them to the top. I also have a shredder so nothing needs to go into garden waste bags, even if we had them here, which we don't. We have them in our second home in Snowdonia. My asparagus is just coming through now so a few feeds soon. 

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32 minutes ago, Dyn Llun said:

That's exactly my system too as I have a huge amount to compost every year. from a very big garden with hedges along the sides by the field. Two four feet cubes for each bin and I fill them to the top. I also have a shredder so nothing needs to go into garden waste bags, even if we had them here, which we don't. We have them in our second home in Snowdonia. My asparagus is just coming through now so a few feeds soon. 

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 You mention Asparagus. Saw on the lunchtime news that farmers are looking for people to pick the asparagus in their fields as they cannot get the usual foreign chapies over.

 

So if you have nothing to do and fancy a bit of exercise in the fresh air put your application forward. Hurry though as places are filling quickly. NOT.

 

Allan

 

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29 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

 You mention Asparagus. Saw on the lunchtime news that farmers are looking for people to pick the asparagus in their fields as they cannot get the usual foreign chapies over.

 

So if you have nothing to do and fancy a bit of exercise in the fresh air put your application forward. Hurry though as places are filling quickly. NOT.

 

Allan

 

I think I'll pass on that one although I could bring my own asparagus knife. They will have the same problem come strawberry time too. By then I will be bending and picking my own from the bed which is next to my asparagus bed. Hopefully the lockdown will be over before the raspberries later so the pickers can come over. I will be too busy picking my own again then. 

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13 minutes ago, Dyn Llun said:

. By then I will be bending and picking my own from the bed which is next to my asparagus bed.

 

Our local farm centre grows strawberries commercially and for pick your own. They are grown in troughs at eye level so picking is really easy!

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Excitement this aftenoon as I watched a small rat run across my allotment and into the neighbour's plot.  Had I brought a semi automatic weapon and a few rounds of ammo, I could have missed the rat but destroyed next door's polytunnel as collateral damage.

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