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Grow Your Own / Re: banning peat based compost 2024
« Last post by Subversive_plot on Yesterday at 22:39 »
You do need to take care with using your own seed compost to start seeds off. It will not be sterlilised (unless you do so), and the bacteria etc in the soil will increase the risk of damping off or the seedlings being otherwise affected.
How would you sterilise it? We have a hot bin, would compost from this be sterile and at what temperature?

This provides some guidance: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/40/appendix-B_to_part_503
No. 1 is specific to compost, and recommends 55oC or higher within-vessel for 3 days (that would be your hot bin).
No. 3 is for sludge, not compost, and recommends 180oC or higher for 30 minutes.  Hotter, for a shorter period of time. It would probably work fine for compost.

The recommendations are part of laws that are meant to treat human disease-causing pathogens. PROBABLY would also work on plant pathogens(?)  Not intended for plant pathogens though.

If I was doing anything in the family oven, I would gain concurrence from your OH (advice I would give to anyone!). Maybe get an inexpensive metal pot with metal lid just for compost (possibly at a car boot sale?).
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: The Happy Birthday Slot
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Yesterday at 21:50 »
Happy birthday both! Nearly missed it, pre-occupied with football and beer....
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11C , grey , dark (I have the main lights on still) , windy and raining. It's horrible out there.

Think I will stop worrying about my veg being eaten by slugs.
With this summer weather the plants won’t grow anyway.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: The Happy Birthday Slot
« Last post by snowdrops on Yesterday at 20:15 »
Belated birthday greetings from me, hope you had a lovely holiday to enjoy your birthday Jaydig & GG, hope whatever you did was good too
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: The Happy Birthday Slot
« Last post by jaydig on Yesterday at 20:11 »
Thank you very much for your birthday wishes, I was away on holiday and have only just signed in.  Happy Birthday to you, too, Goosegirl, I hope you had a lovely day.
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Equipment Shed / Re: lawnflite 603rt
« Last post by Yorkie on Yesterday at 17:25 »
Hi there

You may not be aware, but buying and selling through the forum isn't allowed, sorry.

But hopefully someone is able to point you in the right direction for spare parts.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: The Happy Birthday Slot
« Last post by Yorkie on Yesterday at 17:24 »
Oops, sorry for missing it too.

Hope you both had lovely days x  :D
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Grow Your Own / Re: banning peat based compost 2024
« Last post by New shoot on Yesterday at 16:30 »
Sounds about right  ::)  Probably never grown a thing in his life and suckered in by the talking up of peat alternatives.

The nearest thing I can get to decent compost near me is Jack’s Magic Traditional Compost, which I think is peat reduced.  It is much finer and holds water better than anything else I can get.  At the start of the season I bulk buy ingredients and mix my own, but at this time of the year when I am not potting up so much, it is useful.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What’s for tea? 2024
« Last post by New shoot on Yesterday at 16:23 »
Old fashioned pie, mash and liquor :D

Liquor with stewed eel juice or the easier modern version with some fish stock  :lol:

We have pork and mushroom stir-fry with whatever greens I can muster  :)
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: The Happy Birthday Slot
« Last post by New shoot on Yesterday at 16:18 »
Oh dear, so sorry Goosegirl and Jaydig.

I hope your birthdays went well and you enjoyed your days  :D
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