Ali Newbie Gardener

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Birds trying to nest in my potting shed

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 11:49


If it wasn't for the dive bombing I would welcome them! I must admit I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to birds (And not very knowledgeable as you can tell) Surely it would be incredibly stressful for them me coming in and out every day especially when the young are in the nest? Its a very confined space. We have another nest in a hedge by the house.

Maybe I'm just a meanie...don't tell the RSPB on me 

Birds trying to nest in my potting shed

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 09:24

Some advice please. Last year a bird nested in my potting shed down the bottom of the garden. I ended up with bird poo all over my lawn mower and the sad sight of dead baby bird fallen from the nest. Plus I got divebombed every time I went in there!

The door has a little gap where they are getting in (difficult to fix without spending a fortune) and this year I've  noticed them swooping around the door again. They are black with pointy wings...very fast...a Swift maybe? I have strung up CDs by the door to put them off.

Is there anything else I can do?

new member introduction

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 09:17

Thanks everyone for your kind advice. I have sown a whole border with hardy annual seeds and a few summer bulbs then next year I can start looking at some more exotic stuff or some perennials. 

John - Your mum sounds amazing at 100! Lets hope her secret to longevity is gardening.

Fairygirl..I have photos of me eating dirt as a child and hardly ever get a cold!

1st early Potateo's

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 15:32

Thanks KEF for the reassuring words! I have a feeling they will too. We've been having warm days and alternate rain and sunshine here in North Staffs so perfect for growing! Must try container potatoes sometime.

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Posted: 01/05/2013 at 14:04

Thanks Busy Lizzie and Hi Benno 14.

you are right on the money with your suggestions BL. I love a bit of fiery drama in my garden. Just been to the GC and they had Cardinal Crocosmia on offer. 5 bulbs for a pound so I got one red one yellow and will keep a couple back for behind the nasturtiums too. Last week I got some giant Gladioli in an orangey colour....not very subtle am I?!! I'm sure I'll look back and cringe in years to come when I'm a seasoned gardener. Also bought some spicy salad seeds for my Belfast sink and some leeks to start from seed in the it too late? to potter!

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Posted: 01/05/2013 at 09:54

Thanks Jatnijapyar! I must admit I had a bit of an abrupt response to one of my questions the other day but actually it was quite amusing.

Cant wait to get out there today. I'm a "stay at home Mum" but today is my day off from the kids where I get to potter away with no interruptions...a quick visit to the GC first of course for a mooch. Yesterday I cleared about 20 years of dust out of the old outhouse which is now my shiny new potting shed. Hard work but so satisfying! 

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Posted: 01/05/2013 at 08:10

Haha..he will be very glad Fairygirl. He's not remotely interested in gardening and doesn't even mow the lawn because of his very convenient 'allergies' 

love the nasturtian idea and they have nice big seeds too. We've also planted some sunflowers together in pots which are sprouting. Monty's fascinated (when he's not trying to dig up my veg seedlings) but have learnt not to try and do any actual gardening with the boys around. (aged 1 and 2). They end up with a healthy dose of soil in their diet!

any ideas for something tall too? 



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Posted: 01/05/2013 at 07:52

Hi All. I'm new too. Have sought some troublesome potato advice this week and always enjoy reading your posts. I'm like Jimpyp really. Have caught the gardening bug for the first time since moving house. We have a big garden with veggie plot in the country and I am complete obsessed with it! (My husband frequently rolls his eyes when I try to talk to him about it). Veg is all planted up and now I have a flower bed to fill so would appreciate any advice. I want an outrageous show of colour - fire colours I think would be fun.

PS my little boy is called Monty - pure coincidence though as I wasn't a gardener when we named him! 


Posted: 30/04/2013 at 19:12

I agree with Bleeding Heart. I made a boo boo already putting my potatoes in too early but I'm moving on unabashed. If something doesn't appear, I'll just sow it again or raise it inside until it b****y well does! I think it's good to be a bit reckless as you learn from your mistakes and also get some surprise successes.

1st early Potateo's

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 14:47

Thanks Welshonion. Im going to see if I can still get seed potatoes and if I can I might hedge my bets and just replant 2 rows leaving the rest in. My elderly neighbour seems to think they'll grow but they take up a fair bit of my veg patch so I need them to show a return! On the bright side by broad bean shoots are appearing....very exciting for a newbie!

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