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Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 22:50

Now you've got me thinking, Flyer. The thrush is one of my favourite birds, and I'm trying to remember when I last saw one. Not for several months, I don't think – but they are quite elusive. It's usually the empty snail shells I discover on the path that remind me that they are around.

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 21:57

Thanks for all your comments.

Now BikerBabe, how do we encourage the wood pigeons to eat the slugs?


Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 21:31
How sad, Supernoodle. I wonder what had happened to it?

And great to hear you have a content family of hedgehogs in your garden, Dovefromabove (I wonder where that name came from). Count yourself incredibly lucky that you've had no bother from slugs this year. My garden is breeding giant mutants!

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 20:44
Oh yes, foxes. They're cunning creatures, and have infiltrated most areas I think. I haven't spotted them in my garden, but my neighbour has had their chickens slaughtered twice now. Senseless killings – more for play than food.

But there must be some hedgehogs around, surely?

Talkback: Where are the ladybirds?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 10:46
Thanks for the comments. I'm in the East Midlands too, Bookertoo, in Peterborough. It sounds as if those early ladybirds could well have been ones that overwintered in your garden, and some have stayed around.

Perhaps the lesson here is NOT to tody-up and cut things back in the autumn, but leave dense cover for ladybirds (and other creatures) to hibernate in.

It stands to reason that if your garden is a 'desert', and devoid of food (pests) then you won't have much friendly wildlife around either.

But my garden isn't a desert, and I DO have plenty of pests!

Talkback: Glow-worms

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 21:55
Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards in the hope of seeing a shooting star around this time – I think the peak was meant to have been last weekend.

Talkback: Growing cucumbers

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 10:52

Most tomato fertilisers contain a really good balance of nutrients (major and minor), but are particularly high in potash to support flowering and fruit production.

This makes tomato feed ideal for all crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, chillis, aubergines, etc, plus any flowering pot plants or summer bedding.

Talkback: Growing cucumbers

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 20:52
Hi dunnejames, I'd recommend growing greenhouse cucumbers as a single main stem. When side shoots develop from the main stem you can just cut them back at their base.

However, if few cucumbers are forming you could let the side shoots develop long enough to flower and form a fruit, and just cut off the tip of this side shoot a couple of leaves past the fruit.

Hope this helps

Talkback: Growing herbs

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 14:15
There is a variety of coriander called 'Leisure' that is claimed to be slower at running to seed (bolting). I haven't evaluated this against others to see if it produces better leafy growth. Has anyone else.

And is there a difference between coriander and cilantro?

Talkback: Gardeners' World Live 2012

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 11:03

Many thanks for all the comments about Gardeners' World Live.


Please let us know what you thought about the show, and we'll pass on your comments to the show organisers (BBC Haymarket Exhibitions). 



Discussions started by Adam Pasco

Talkback: Christmas chilli

I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it? 
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New flowers to recommend

Can you recommend a new variety of flowering plant to others? 
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Talkback: Glow-worms

Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards i... 
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Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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