Category Archives: Bits and Pieces

Shalob.  Guardian Of The Tomatoes

It won’t be long before the colder weather truly kicks in and finishes off my tomato plants until I go again next year!

So in the spirit of good partnership, I have included some pictures in this post to show my appreciation of my resident spiders, my amazing arachnid guardians who have kept pests such as aphids and other crop destroying gits at bay!

I have enjoyed a fantastic yield of truly tasty cherry and plum tomatoes from my crop this year, all of which were undoubtedly protected by Shalob and her eight legged spinning sisters.

Having an organic security solution to devour pests and parasites is much nicer than using a chemical from Bayer.  Plus its cool to see them at work.  

Scuttle scuttle scuttle.  Web web web.  Yum yum yum.

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Strawberry Hanging Baskets

Another simple way to grow strawberries is using hanging baskets!  A bit of drilling, fix some fucking brackets to the wall and you’re off!

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Strawberries are very thirsty wotsits so you have to water them a lot, but it’s amazing how quickly everything kicks off once they are established!

Buds (bud bud bud bud), flowers, bees, strawberries!  Ain’t nature a fucking marvel bruv?

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Strawberry fields forever!

Veggie Trough

It’s amazing how utterly addictive gardening is and how quickly it can eradicate all other interests from your life; I have barely played my PS4 and Xbox One lately (thank goodness for my Nintendo Switch on business trips!) and I’ve hardly binged upon my usual TV serials at home (apart from an occasional episode during my lunch breaks at work!).

OK, so I exaggerated a bit about giving up the Geek lifestyle.

My pride and joy these days is my veggie trough; the planter was a Christmas gift from my Mum via my local garden centre, into which I have planted cauliflowers, carrots, mixed salad leaves (rocket and such), cucumbers and tomatoes.

Once I’d figured out the best place for it to sunbathe, I lined the trough with a membrane, added some broken up polystyrene and pebbles for drainage, then filled it with decent soil mixed with some compost.

Due to traveling overseas so much for work lately, I was not able to grow everything from seeds, so I opted for Plan B and purchased some young plants from my garden centre. I now have a little plastic greenhouse and will be ready to become the Germinator next year!

The universe wasn’t particularly kind to me in late April, when an unexpected harsh frost killed my poor cucumbers and left me with only one tomato plant from the four I had planted; fortunately, I left a tomato and cucumber plant in my greenhouse for such an event and added this to the trough.

Next year I will add some frost netting!  By jove I will!

Anyway, this is what the trough looks like at the moment, you can even see the pot of coriander growing next to the Christmas tree!

  • The carrots are about 2 weeks away from harvest, give or take.
  • The tomatoes now have flowers and are ready for the bees to do their work before the plant begins to bear fruit.
  • Cucumbers are almost ready to open their flower buds, so the bees can do the same thing.
  • Cauliflowers are massive!  But have a long way to go yet before I can harvest them.
  • The the mixed ‘salad’ leaves which have totally grown out of control, since I scattered a load of seeds on top of the soil.  The rocket and mixed leaves are ready to eat and bloody nice!  Yum.

I’ll add some updates soon!

Kallax Breakfast Bar – Ikea Hack

My Ikea hack Kallax Breakfast Bar project is finally complete!

For £63, you too can build this Frankenstein’s monster breakfast bar that is both movable and able to store all manner of kitchen shit; there are a vast array of storage options available in the Ikea Kallax range, like the fancy wicker basket cubes and drawers.

For this job, you need a tape measure, a carpenters awl, a pencil and some countersunk wood screws.

  1. Screw the Castor wheels onto the bottom corners of the Kallax
  2. Drill 11mm holes into the Kallax top for the Capita bolts.
  3. Fix the Capita arms/brackets to the Linnnmon table top
  4. Pop the Capita bolts through the drill holes and fix the nut/washer at the other end.
  5. Done.

Here are the bits you’ll need.

  • Castors – Article no: 966.713.00
  • Linnmon Table top – Article no: 702.513.49
  • Capita Brackets (X2 packs) – 400.511.96
  • Kallax Shelving Unit – 202.758.14

 

 

Lego Beatles Yellow Submarine

I finally found time to build my Lego Beatles Yellow Submarine set; it was great fun from start to finish and I am thoroughly impressed with the design!

I remember first watching Yellow Submarine at my Uncles house in Brixton with my cousins Jason and Barry, I think I was probably 6 or 7 years old and I can still recall how absolutely surreal and wonderful it was seeing it for the first time.

The Lego set perfectly captures the style and spirit of the animated film and the plinth for the Beatles minfigs to stand on is a nice touch.