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What are these signs? Is it the number of berries?
Plants and animals react to what has been, not what will be. All the 'signs' are in our heads
Nor in my garden oldchippy. I never have that many, wrong proportion of males and females perhaps, but this year is worse than usual.
Its actually a 'Mast' year. This happens due to the weather conditions and natural cycles in plants and trees. They produce more berries and fruit/nuts, than they need to. Its a natural cycle which is not an indicator of what is to come.
Its natures way to regenerate the population.
Nobody told my holly. Perhaps it's not a Mast year for holly. Hawthorn and berberis are good. and the squirrel is spending a lot of time up and down one oak in particular
Oh, I've seen some brilliant berried holly this year - it always makes my heart sing to see berried holly
i cut my peonys back yesterday and i found sticking out of the ground almost 1 centermeter new shoots. hope they will be ok this winter.
Pyracanthas, malus, cotoneatsters, hazel.... all heaving with fruit in my garden this year. The birds seem to have stayed in the countryside to feed for now so there is lots for them when they do decide to return. Even my feeders are being ignored.
My Holly is really rocking it this year! Not one raspberry though!?
I have never bothered with a seperate bin for leaves, everything goes in the same bin, including household compostables.
I just have a two year cycle on the compost, which ends up with the same crumbly mix. The first year gets turned into the other bin, and in the second year it is used for courgettes.....simples.
Why bother with yet another task in a garden that is always a Forth Road Bridge task anyway?
You may not need to wait so long for your own? Can't think of any alternative supplies.
Going back to DiggerUK's comment above, is there any good reason to separate leave from ordinary compost heaps? I mix my waste (leaves, kitchen waste, grass cuttings, spend flowers, used rabbit straw and waste) and it all rots down beautifully. I do understand that leaves use fungi and other waste uses worms (and bacteria?), but my compost result is very good.
No reason at all not to mix it all up, including leaves. A lot of my leaves are chopped up and collected as I mow my grass at the end of the year. My Mountfield is a very good "Hoover" ! But I don't use it indoors......