That can be because your soil is high nitrogen, so your plant puts a lot of energy into leafy growth to the detriment of other factors like roots or fruit. I understand this can be common if you use high nitrogen fertilisers, whether that’s something natural like urine, or synthetic ones.
Hi Anne, thank you for your response. I’ve heard of the weed teas and quite like the idea except for the “it stinks” bit. I garden in a small back yard with neighbours either side, so I don’t want to be doing anything unneighbourly. I am wondering if a sealed vessel might solve the issue tho. I mean, if it’s an anaerobic tea I’m making anyway, having a lid shouldn’t theoretically be an issue. Got some comfrey growing at mo anyway, so will have plenty opportunity to try it out this summer.
My thinking was mostly based on the lacto fermenting videos of people preserving food. It made me think that if you can just harvest the lacto from the air already, and it’s a food preservation method, then there shouldn’t be any unpleasant odours in the resulting ferment, or the necessity to use dairy.
In essence I think the weed tea is a similar looking process, only it goes on in an open bucket, not a closed jar in a kitchen.
I think some experimentation is called for. Thank you again for the link, it’s got some v interesting comments and videos on there 😊
Ok, so this is a new thought that I’m playing with at the moment and would like to know your thoughts on my theory.
So for Bokashi and KNF you can culture your own Lactobacillus Serum that you then add to kitchen scraps to ferment it before composting.
You can also cut up vegetables and meats, cover in water and lacto ferment them (same bacteria) just by covering with water and allowing the wild LAB cultures from the air to colonise it.
So theoretically, can you just skip the whole rice wash, milk saturation, LAB serum creation part (a 3 week process where I live) and just lacto ferment the food scraps directly, as if I was making a pickle?
Is there anything I’m missing? Some reason it couldn’t work? I really hate the smell (and the lengthy process of creating) the LAB serum, so if I could bypass it, I’d be very much in favour of that.
If any seasoned fermenters or just smart people in general have thoughts, I would be very grateful to hear them.
Pearl Sutton wrote:If you haven't seen this thread, it's a good one: Crazy Things that Cat Lovers do and a post in there reminds me of a story. I had too many cats around, only 3 or 4 I claimed, but a crowd of feral or neighbor cats that were around. (I caught all the ferals I could and had them neutered, them brought them back.) There were uneasy alliances between some of them, lots of dislike between others.
One night there was a BAD storm. I had a lofted waterbed, and noticed my cats came up with me. Woke up in mid storm, looked down and there were 17 cats in my bed! I didn't even KNOW some of them!! There was a truce during the storm, there was no chaos up there, they all just came up to hide with me where it was safe, then went back out as quietly as they came up, and the truce was over.
Lol 😂 17 cats??? Wow that’s crazy. I guess your kitties must have brought their friends to you for safety. It’s kinda sweet actually, that you’re known as a safe haven in the cat world. Understand you being a bit spooked at time tho.
I have seen the crazy cat lovers one too. It’s good 😁
I have one that I’m trying to grow from seed, but every time it grows a new leave it starts browning at tip, which then travels up the rest of the leaf and kills it. I have no idea why. Tried watering more, tried watering less, tried leaving water for 24 hours to allow chlorine to evaporate, but leaves still always die.
Lmao my cat has a version of this to. He starts begging for strokes n seduces me off the sofa then gradually leads me over to the table where his treat tin is, before gazing pointedly upwards at it, then back at me and purring.
Not a cat thing, but my partner’s colleague once had to leave a conference call to investigate a weird noise downstairs, only to find the dog trying to drag a multipack of crisps (or chips as they’re known in the US) through the dog flap to stash in his kennel. Not gonna lie, if I was a dog, I’d have done the same 😂
This is an epic thread. I have bemoaned the lack of pockets on women’s clothes for sooooo long. Also, the lack of warmth in women’s sweaters whereas a men’s sweater at the same price point will be so much warmer.
For those that like the idea of fanny packs, but not the bulk hanging round the front, try swinging it round and wearing it in the back. I’m a runner and our running belts, which are essentially glorified fanny packs, feel much more comfortable to me with the weight resting in the small of the back rather than at the front.
I love combat trousers for all the pockets. I know it was a 90’s trend but I still love that vibe. Also they sell them still, only in special ‘work wear’ shops. For those who don’t like the trousers, then yes, fishing vests are a good idea, if only in the garden where no one can see you.
There are Roo aprons, as someone mentioned. Never used one myself, but heard about them from my fave gardening youtuber (Jess @ Roots & Refuge Farm).
I used to love my little ‘waitress’ apron that I wore when I worked at a florists. Only prob was, when I bent over, stuff could fall out easily. Like my phone. - right into a bucket of water....you live and learn lol 😂. Still, if you’re crafty then I guess you could add a drawstring to the top, or a zip or something.
For everyday wear, I try to always wear or carry a jacket with zipped pockets for essentials. I can always tie it round my waist if I get too hot. I’ve seen women showing things down their bra when on a night out. Wouldn’t be my preferred choice, but it could work as a last resort, especially if wearing a sports type bra.
I love this story. Show up. Help people. Earn good karma. Keep showing up. People start finding you. You help them. You earn more good karma. One day, that good karma ends up paying your bills. That’s pretty cool.
I’m not sure, I don’t know how big wild rats get. It was a smallish hole. I didn’t take much notice of the size at the time. I’ve not seen any of the burrowers, so not sure what it is. Will check out both your links tho, thank you 🙏😊
I love Skandi’s idea of an in ground cooler. Personally, I’d prob use it either as a compost bin, leaf mould bucket, bokashi bin or a planter. I’ve grown tomatoes and courgettes/summer squash in buckets of this size before, and seen people add a few canes to make a nice bean or sweet pea tower. Suppose you could do cucumbers or other climbing things instead. If you search YouTube, people have grown all sorts of things in 5 gallon buckets. Even corn would work.
I live in an urban area with a small concrete yard, covered with planters then I grow all my plants in. I found a couple burrow holes in and thought it may have been the birds I’ve seen pecking about in them. Then my next door neighbour said she’s seen rats in her yard, and having watched a video where Charles Dowding talks about rat burrows in his compost bins, they look suspiciously like the burrows in my planters. I’ve no clue why they burrowed there unless they were trying to eat my daffodil/tulip bulbs.
I’m now concerned because it puts me at risk of disease growing food in soil that they might have contaminated. It puts my cat at risk of harm if he gets into a fight either with a rat directly, or possibly with another cat, if they come into my cat’s territory to investigate whichever rodent is burrowing.
It might just be a mouse, but given what my next door neighbour said, I think it’s more likely to be the rats.
Any ideas what I can do? I’m concerned about using poison in case my cat finds either the poison itself, or a dead rat which it then might eat. I also don’t want poison to end up anywhere I might end up growing food, or anywhere my cat might step on it and end up ingesting it when he’s grooming.
With traps, it’s finding somewhere to put them where my cat couldn’t also access them. The obvious place would be near the burrow holes, which I filled back in with soil, but my cat can and does access those planters.
Any ideas? I’ve heard of chilli and garlic spray being used but don’t know if it would work on rats, or if it would hurt my cat. I’ve gotten chilli in my eye before, I would hate something similar to happen to my kitty if he walks across a sprayed area then grooms his face 😭🥺
I’m not sure if he was trying to teach me how to properly behave with mice he brought home with him. He’d previously observed me releasing his prey back outside after he brought them in and let them loose in my bedroom at 3am. 🙄 Gotta love those crazy cats!
1. Walking into living room to discover my cats butt hanging out the chimney as he attempted to climb up it.
2. Discovering that the cat that refused to drink clean water from a bowl was more than happy to drink dirty water from a plant pot, or risk drowning to drink from the toilet.
3. Waking up to loud yowling from my car eager to show me his kill. He had thoughtfully brought the dead mouse onto the pillow next to me, and proceeded to wake me up so I was conscious when he started eating it right next to my ear. The crunching sound those bones made 🤮....oh and he left an organ and a foot on the pillow for me to clean up too.
My compost pile is directly onto concrete. I’ve not found drainage to be an issue, but my yard is sloped so that may well help. Local worms have moved in and decided to make it their home; a fact that makes me so happy as I’d always read that it couldn’t happen unless it was sited directly on top of soil. It has a very healthy, and presumably breeding, population (some much bigger ones as well as some smaller, far more wriggly ones).
I put a layer of Amazon/IKEA boxes in the bottom of the bin, not really sure why, just seemed like a good idea at the time. Just add stuff when I have it and don’t worry about ratios or turning. If it’s been a while since I added boxes, or the empty toilet roll inners are starting to take over the bathroom, I add a layer of browns. I Use a thick layer of leaves in autumn. Nature very kindly blows a bunch of them into my yard, I only have to sweep up and add to my bin.
Can’t say I’ve noticed any staining that looks permanent - just some dirt build up where fine particles have washed out over time.
I read that you can wrap it in a cheesecloth, dry it for a couple days and then use as rudimentary cheese. Apparently it’s nice with a little salt. Not tested that theory yet, but I intend to. I plan to eat a small amount if it smells edible and see if I get sick. If I don’t then I’ll try again with a larger portion. If eating it turns out to not be appealing then it’s compostable, so my plants can make use of it instead.
It’s said to be full of beneficial bacteria. I don’t see the harm in leaving small amounts out for your local critters. They’ve probably eaten worse and have better tolerances than us for microbes.