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Post by GB on 21st January 2011, 3:55 pm

This is a thread I have been thinking about for a while so PLEASE chime in with little tricks you have heard about or do that makes gardeing easier for you Very Happy

I just discovered that 30 min. with the sprinkler on gives the garden between one and two inches of water. One inch of water goes between 6 to 8 inches (depending on soil type) deep so I have been WAAAAAY over watering my garden Embarassed

Cant remember the other tip that was on my mind so will go and see if I can remember it now Laughing

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Post by Chilli-head on 21st January 2011, 4:34 pm

In a similar vein, I've put a few ideas in an earlier thread:

http://forum.homemadelife.com/t990-tricks-of-the-trade


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Post by GB on 26th January 2011, 12:44 am

Ah, remembered it!

A stand alone post/mail box is great in the garden to keep your gloves, the seeds you are planting but had to put down to go make tea, little trowel and the like in.

They are bug proof, weather proof and are neat and tidy.

Am looking for a used one right now for my garden Very Happy

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Post by Lottie on 26th January 2011, 9:22 am

This is a good one for you, GB... if you have a handy carcasse Laughing bung it into the planting hole of a tree or shrub and it'll rot down to feed it for agessssssssssssssss... ol boy I used to garden for did it for his rhodies and they were amazing..... no idea if it's legal mind you, so I may have to come back and mod meself.... Shocked Rolling Eyes

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 26th January 2011, 11:09 am

Lottie wrote:This is a good one for you, GB... if you have a handy carcasse Laughing bung it into the planting hole of a tree or shrub and it'll rot down to feed it for agessssssssssssssss... ol boy I used to garden for did it for his rhodies and they were amazing..... no idea if it's legal mind you, so I may have to come back and mod meself.... Shocked Rolling Eyes

It should be pointed out it would be definitely illegal to dispose of annoying ex's and people in general by this method.

Likewise any farm animal, including chickens that dies of natural causes. Although the remains of your sunday roast chicken would be fine. Even after you have made stock with it.

Deceased pets would be okay, if cat or dog etc. Not altogether sure with horses. Although you would be digging a mighty damn big planting hole to bung a horse into.

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 26th January 2011, 1:15 pm

Note to self: Include backhoe rental with pony stabling....
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Post by GB on 26th January 2011, 1:37 pm

Lottie wrote:This is a good one for you, GB... if you have a handy carcasse Laughing bung it into the planting hole of a tree or shrub and it'll rot down to feed it for agessssssssssssssss... ol boy I used to garden for did it for his rhodies and they were amazing..... no idea if it's legal mind you, so I may have to come back and mod meself.... Shocked Rolling Eyes

My garden is like a charnel house already CW Laughing Only problem is I forget where I have buried the bodies and every now and then dig into them Shocked

I have been amazed at how fast they break down though, dug into a buried turtle - the one that gave me mum the allergic reaction so other than the tenderloin it didnt get eaten - last week that had only been in the ground for 3 months and only the shell was left, all the small bones and organs and meat were already one with the soil Shocked




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Post by Lottie on 26th January 2011, 2:00 pm

GB wrote:
Lottie wrote:This is a good one for you, GB... if you have a handy carcasse Laughing bung it into the planting hole of a tree or shrub and it'll rot down to feed it for agessssssssssssssss... ol boy I used to garden for did it for his rhodies and they were amazing..... no idea if it's legal mind you, so I may have to come back and mod meself.... Shocked Rolling Eyes

My garden is like a charnel house already CW Laughing Only problem is I forget where I have buried the bodies and every now and then dig into them Shocked

I have been amazed at how fast they break down though, dug into a buried turtle - the one that gave me mum the allergic reaction so other than the tenderloin it didnt get eaten - last week that had only been in the ground for 3 months and only the shell was left, all the small bones and organs and meat were already one with the soil Shocked




Shall I tell her, or will you , CW Laughing Rolling Eyes Wink

Turtles.. Shocked Laughing you never cease to surprise me, GB...scare me slightly, but mainly amaze.. Wink

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Post by Dandelion on 26th January 2011, 5:52 pm

I have to admit (and I hope this doesn't upset anyone)(but I'm still going to say it...) that when my father died I had to collect his ashes from the undertaker. Now you would think that a race who could land man on the moon could invent a way of transporting human ashes which didn't spill any, but I eneded up with a load in the boot of the car. So apart from having his ashes scattered around a beauty spot on the Cotswolds, a few went around an apple treee which hadn't been fruiting too well.

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Post by Chilli-head on 26th January 2011, 6:16 pm

I thought it was the mark of a true gardener if they request their ashes to be scattered on the vegetable plot at a rate of two handfuls per square yard ?
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Post by Compostwoman on 26th January 2011, 6:16 pm

Eh? What? I didn't say anything? Very Happy

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Post by Ginny on 26th January 2011, 7:35 pm

Have you ever read a book called 'Humanure' ? That brings up some unusual ideas and practices. Even if you haven't read it, I'm sure you can guess what they are.
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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 26th January 2011, 7:39 pm

Aye, heard of, haven't read. There's another book similarly titled "Yellow Gold". I'm sure you can guess. That's that's good land-husbandry and returning to the soil in its highest!
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 26th January 2011, 7:40 pm

Not on food crops. Okay on ornamentals. Given the effort involved in turning it into a sueable product though I would probably go for easier alternatives.

Urine, on the other hand (if your aim is bad) is liquid gold in the garden.

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Post by Ginny on 26th January 2011, 7:46 pm

Peeing on the compost heap is all well and good if you have the equipment for said exercise. However, I am a little deficient in that department and, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think lady-pee is as strong as man-pee. Does anyone do this on a regular basis and does it help ?
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Post by Compostwoman on 26th January 2011, 7:49 pm

I do, Very Happy and yes, it does.

I have a bucket I use, and then tip whereever I want it to go...saves having to run back to the house!

The strength aspect of man wee is really only applicable for deterring foxes etc...and even then it really needs to be a carnivourous man, rather than veggie or vegan...

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Post by Ginny on 26th January 2011, 7:53 pm

Interesting. Thanks for the insight. Surprised
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 26th January 2011, 7:57 pm

Compostwoman wrote:and even then it really needs to be a carnivourous man, rather than veggie or vegan...

a MAN, in other words. Twisted Evil

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Post by Compostwoman on 26th January 2011, 7:58 pm

Wilhelm Von Rhomboid wrote:
Compostwoman wrote:and even then it really needs to be a carnivourous man, rather than veggie or vegan...

a MAN, in other words. Twisted Evil

I nearly put "needs to be Billy, to work..." Twisted Evil

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Post by GB on 26th January 2011, 10:28 pm

Oh LOTTIE Embarassed Thats what I get for trying to do too many things at once Laughing

I am trying to train my boys to pee on the compost heap but hubby yells if he sees them Rolling Eyes

And for humanure you just need a thunder house Billy. I REALLY want to build one but am going to have to keep that project on my "For the future!" list.

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Post by Ginny on 27th January 2011, 12:11 am

It's a bit chilly here to be able to persuade the other half to start piddling on the compost piles. Maybe when it warms up a bit I'll mention it to him.
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Post by GB on 27th January 2011, 1:03 am

I think we should rename this thread Really interesting and FUNNY gardening chat!"

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Post by Lottie on 27th January 2011, 9:08 am

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I peed in a bucket in me shed, didn't realize the neighbour was um.. really close... Embarassed Laughing he also looked a bit perturbed when I went in and came out with a bra... well it was pinching...!! Embarassed

Last season I grew lettuce in old pallets and lined them with old jeans, woolly jumpers, in fact any of Ol's clothes really.. Cool Laughing , really helped when it got hot and they had a water reservoir in the material to suck from Very Happy

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Post by Chilli-head on 27th January 2011, 12:27 pm

For the reasons described above, it is unwise to make tea with a kettle or teapot found in an allotment shed.
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Post by Compostwoman on 27th January 2011, 12:32 pm

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