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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Reddit question about: Ripening Green Tomatoes In Doors. Part 3

Hi,

I've been asked the following question on reddit about:

 Ripening Green Tomatoes In Doors. Part 3

 Ripening Tomatoes Indoors One Of My Many fixed1t Money Saving Gardening Tips

 and as the answer is applicable across social media I've duplicated it here:

Would any closed/semi closed container work or does cardboard box have some magic in it?

And this is my answer:

Hi thanks for the question.  Plastic boxes tend to sweat inside and it all goes mouldy, thin paper boxes go soggy if any over ripen, so this sturdy thick box seems to work best.  This is its second or possibly its third year.  I hope this helps.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Ripening Green Tomatoes In Doors. Part 3

I can't believe how many tomatoes are still growing on the plants I planted, and on the wild ones, but with the help of my tomato tip (link at the end of the video) they are ripening well and are delicious. #fixed1tgardening


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Harvesting Comfrey and Nettles For Next Years Free Liquid Plant Feed - Part 2

As you'll have seen from:

Harvesting Comfrey and Nettles For Next Years Free Liquid Plant Feed - Part 1

I decided to grow my own Comfrey and Nettles in the corner of the garden.  Of course nettles are available everywhere but I discovered that finding Comfrey was very difficult and that garden centres which allegedly sold Comfrey seeds no longer do so.  It could be that the quality of the Comfrey tea fertiliser meant that sales of expensive liquid feeds went down ;-) so they decided not to do it.

If you find some comfrey in the wild then if you steal a little of its roots, from a chunk of root you'll get a whole new plant.  I got my chunk of Comfrey Root from a professional gardener on a nursing course I attended, she hacked off the root for me, which was about 4 inches long and about 1 inch thick.

She advised to plant it in a pot but warned it could break out, so as can be seen in the picture below:


I planted it in a huge solid plastic tub from which it hasn't 'Triffid Like' escaped.  She said if it gets free it would take over very rapidly and spread.  I decided to do the same for the stinging nettle, it too is in a pot. Both are doing well and have produced the goods this year.

So if your thinking of following suit and growing your own Comfrey I recommend you do the same, pot it in an indestructible plastic pot, so it can't escape.

#fixed1tgardening

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Are Potato Grow Bags Better Than A Compost Bag For Growing Potatoes?

I've been growing potatoes in specially purchased 'Potato Grow Bags' for many years.  The crops aren't particularly large but they are delicious and its very easy and rewarding to do and something that the kids could do with a little help and supervision.

Growing Potatoes is simple, they are:

Easy to plant
Easy to maintain
Easy to harvest
Taste Great

The costs are pretty negligible:

Potato Grow Bags
Fresh Compost (from a garden centre)
Rotted horse manure (often free at a local stable)
Potato Tubers (potatoes)

The main cost items are the Potato Grow Bags and the bags of compost.

This year I started the chitting and planting process with 4 new Potato Grow Bags and put three chitting potato tubers in each bag.  After planting the tubers in the bags, I realised I had a number of spares left over and rather than throw them away, I thought it would be interesting to grow the remainder in the empty plastic bags the new compost came in.  These bags tend to be very thick painted on the outside by most importantly Black and None See Through on the inside.  I planted them all at the same time, using the same feed and water regime and harvested them when the plants had died back leaving thick white stems sticking out of the bags, within a few days of each other.

Although not a scientific experiment, in this way I could see whether the planting bag made any difference to the crop yield, i.e.  if you got more potatoes for the extra cost of the 'Potato Grow Bag' versus the black painted compost bag.

The first bag I harvested was the Potato Grow Bag


and below is the link to the video:

Harvesting Home Grown Potatoes From My Potato Grow Bag


After brushing the loose earth of the potatoes I weighed them, the black plastic compost bag delivered a crop of:


1406 grams of fresh potatoes (just over 3 lb)

Sao what about the potatoes in the compost bag?


below is the video:

Harvesting My Potatoes From A Compost Black Bag

After brushing the loose earth of the potatoes I weighed them, the black plastic compost bag delivered a crop of:


1245 grams of fresh potatoes (just over 2 lb 7 oz)

1406 - 1245 = 161grams (just over .35 lb)

There the using the potato grow bag increased the yield by just over 11%.

Therefore, from this casual experiment I concluded that the potato grow bags are better than black plastic bags for growing potatoes, but given the sized of the crop, and the additional expenses of the bags, it is more cost effective to grow the potatoes using the Compost Bag than it is to invest in specialised Potato Grow Bags.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Ripening Green Tomatoes In Doors. Part 2

In my last video I showed you how I ripen Green End Of Season Home Grown Tomatoes in doors.

Here is the link if you haven't seen it:

How To Ripen Green Tomatoes To Eat And Not Just Compost Them

In this video I show you the results after just 3 days of following the fixed1t How To instructions I gave in Video 1.  If you haven't seen video 1 don't worry a link will appear towards to end of the video. #fixed1tgardening




Discount Store Jaffa Cake Ruse - What You See Isn't What You Get

The majority of what we think we see is actually from memory, and this leaves us open to simple deception by familiarity, i.e. you see something you've seen before and your mind assumes it knows what it is.  So we can easily be exploited by clever marketing and sales tactics.  Here is one I found, do you have other examples?   

Saturday, 5 September 2015

How To Ripen Green Tomatoes To Eat And Not Just Compost Them

It turns out some people through away tomato plants with green tomatoes still on them as they haven't ripened.  What a waste, they can be ripened indoors.



If you didn't watch the video to the end, you'll have missed the helpful links to the second video in this series below is the link:

Video 2:

Ripening Green Tomatoes In Doors. Part 2


#fixed1tgardening

Harvesting Home Grown Potatoes From My Potato Grow Bag Sack

It turns out some people through away tomato plants with green tomatoes still on them as they haven't ripened.  What a waste, they can be ripened indoors.



If you didn't watch the video to the end you will have missed the link to the second video in this series, the link is here below:

Harvesting My Potatoes From A Compost Black Bag

#fixed1tgardening

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Harvesting My Potatoes From A Compost Black Bag

If you watched my first Potato video, you’ll remember that I bought custom Potato Growing Sacks to grow Potatoes in, and I harvested them and weighed them in video 1.  At the same time I planted three Potato tubers in the Potato Growing Sack I planted 3 others in the plastic bag the compost came in for devilish  comparison.  

If you haven't seen the previous video, click on the link below:

Harvesting Home Grown Potatoes From My Potato Grow Bag Sack

Here is the video of the Compost Bag Harvesting.




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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Money Saving Gardening Tips

Hi,

I've decided to group all of my fixed1t Gardening Money Saving Tips into a single YouTube Playlists to make the videos easy to find as a single category now I have over 265 videos on YouTube.

To access the playlist:

Click Here - fixed1t Money Saving Gardening Tips

You too could be:


And Saving Money 

Thanks for the continued support.  If you are aware of any other 'Tested' Money Saving Gardening Tips, I would lover to hear about them and will consider featuring them on my Youtube site.

#fixed1ttip

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Saving Serious Money On Garden Strimmer / Trimmer Cord - Part 1

If you have and use a garden strimmer / grass trimmer then this fixed1t Money Saving Tip will save you money and a lot a wasted time, I've done this for years saving lots of money, now I'm sharing it with you. #fixed1ttip


Sunday, 10 May 2015

Invading Ants - The War Is Over

In the last 24 hours the Ants have consumed 16 small trays of Nippon Ant Liquid

 Click Here to Watch some Timelapse Video
Trays Full Of Ants Eating Nippon Ant Liquid

and are no longer visiting my front door and hallway as can be seen from the latest photo below.

After 24 hours of Intense Nippon Ant Liquid Feeding The Ants Are Gone
This was the largest feeding frenzy I've seen with seasonal Ants, as they normally arrive over several days in small be increasing numbers until they are filling one or two trays a dozen or so at a time.

These ants were also much redder than ones I'd seen in the house before, and as I have a number of inflamed red bites on me from getting down and personal with them, I think they could be a problem for a curious child or adult that gets near them.  As can be seen from the videos, these Ants came on mass, with soldiers to protect the feeders,  once the first feeders reported back to the nests. It would appear it must have been a substantial nest and that the warm weather has obviously woken a lot of them early.

I'm glad I still had some Nippon Ant Liquid at hand as Debbie was only able to find single use kits from Rentokill that you throw any when empty in stores.  There is a link is below to the single use Rentokill product if you don't want the fuss.



Realistically, and from the video evidence of my last 3 posts on this blog, I think I'd have needed 6 of these double single use packs for what I achieved yesterday.

So I recommend you buy some Nippon Liquid.  

Don't wait until the Ants arrive!

If you haven't got any Nippon Liquid in the house get some ASAP, be ready,  it keeps for years. If the Ants discover the food in your kitchen, your pets food or storeroom and you have no defences to hand, they will over run you very quickly and be in every container, draw or packet they can squeeze into.

Luckily the liquid is still available on Amazon, but I suspect not for very long and as there is more money in selling single use kits, a lot more money all the big resellers are moving to kits.

 I have no doubt fighting last nights invasion would have cost me £30 + petrol in single use kits.

The Nippon Liquid can be purchased from AmazonUK

 




And the Milk Bottle caps you most likely throw away every few days.

Thanks for visiting my money making tips.  Please share this link with others, the Ants are coming the question is whether you or your friends are ready ;-)

fixed1t


Time-Lapse Video - Feeder Ants Emptying Home Made Feed Trays

Ants Update:  On the 8th feed and theirs numbers are growing, have quite a few bites on my hands so they Red Dark Brown Ants seem to pack quite a punch.  Better feed them again before going to bed of they could be all over the kitchen by morning.

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This video is of the 5th refill and their numbers are increasing. oops.  Can't stop now as they'll invade completely if I do.



Picture Of Ants Feeding On Nippon Liquid From Bottle Top Feeding Trays

The Nippon Liquid can be purchased from AmazonUK

 



And the Milk Bottle caps you most likely throw away every few days.

Thanks For Visiting

fixed1t


Saturday, 9 May 2015

Fighting Home Ant Invasion With Homemade Disposable Feeding Traps And Ni...

Ants invading, found Nippon Liquid but no plastic trays, so here is a free replacement we all have.



Check out my other Money Saving Tips video by clicking on the purple link in the video.

The Nippon Liquid can be purchased from AmazonUK

 



Thanks For Visiting

fixed1t


Friday, 1 May 2015

Save Money By Renovating Or Repairing Garden Solar Cell LED Lights

The low light levels and cold over the winter will have depleted the rechargeable batteries inside your LED garden lamps.  It doesn't mean their dead just because they aren't lighting up.  Get you kids, grand kids, parents or grand parents to help open them up and clean them out as per this video.  Then before you put them back together put the cleaned up battery in a battery charger to top it up and give it life and it will hopefully last another season.






It's a good time to check out my other Money Saving tips.

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Google Mobile-Friendly Test News - Testing the fixed1t Money Saving Tips blog

I've been working hard over the past week to modify all of my websites to make that fully compatible with the Google Mobile-Friendly Test edict.

I submitted:


http://fixed1t-money-saving-tips.blogspot.co.uk

It Passed

I am pleased to announce it passed, so you should therefore have no difficulties searching for anything you remember from the fixed1t Money Saving Tips blogger blog page.

Thank you for your continued support.

fixed1t

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

How To Fix Wasteful Over Filling Problem In A Dual Flush Toilet

This video is about How To Fix Wasteful Over Filling Problem On A Dual Flush Toilet.  Mine was wasting lots of water by continuing to fill and throwing water down the overfill pipe.  This video identifies the problem a shows my #fixed1ttip zero cost fix.



Please check out my other videos.

Thanks fixed1t

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Recycling Small Cardboard Boxes - Opening Without Tearing Flap

Such A Great Solution. Recycling Small Cardboard Boxes - Opening Without Tearing Flap





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