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Big garden bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:21

There was a sparrowhawk here too, plus

1 robin

1 male chaffinch

2 female chaffinches

6 goldfinches

2 collared doves

1 pigeon

1 male blackbird

2 blue tits

1 male crossbill, though I am not certain it was not a redpoll.

are these viburnums ready for the big bad world?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 11:30

djjjuk, I don't know what the weather is like in your area but if those plants have been hardened off and your ground is not frozen, I would think that you could plant them. I put in one of that size late autumn and it is merrily flowering away.

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 11:27

Oh FG, are you flooded or just very soggy? You could send some starlings down to the Fens; only saw one the whole of last year I love watching them squabble over the fat balls and they always have that 'pulled through a hedge backwards' look about them which somehow reminds me of myself in the mirror

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 11:20

My gourmet clients in London asked me if I was growing peas for their shoots! Not b.....y likely was my response; after all the effort of getting them to germinate I want buckets full of peas, not one salad of pea sprouts.

Compost for sowing seeds

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 11:15

Pauly, it is what my builder calls it. It is gritty sand. I had some left from a hard landscaping project and my builder who is a keen gardener said to use it to 'open up' compost and clay. I also use it to mix with compost for seeds and just about everything. I think it is about £1.30 or so from a builders merchant for a small sack; but much cheaper if you get them to deliver one of those huge 1 ton bags.

Rosemary hedging

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 11:09

Artemisia only grows max, 3' and is poisonous, though very fragrant and pretty. Also it is recommended that it is cut back hard once a year, which would make your hedge very small.

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 11:04

rspb site is down i think; too much traffic! Will have to post the count later. Saw a Sparrow Hawk eviscerating a pigeon on the lawn this morning, lovely, just when I was eating breakfast

How to build your own raised beds

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 17:13

I used pressure treated gravel boards for my raised bed, did not line with plastic, tickled the surface of the heavy clay before gradually building up the level with topsoil (initially) well rotted manure, growing medium (pre-used elsewhere in garden) and homemade compost. Veg bed now has been going strong for about 12 years. Over the next few years, will need to add another layer of timber to make higher raised bed for my old age

Vance Miller

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 17:06

Clever Dove

Rosemary hedging

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 17:03

What a fragrant idea

Discussions started by artjak


Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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worst gardening old wives tales

what is the worst mis-information you have been given? 
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Hamburg parsley

Growing info please 
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plant I.D. please

plant in neighbours garden 
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Day out to RHS Hyde Hall

Just some pics that I took 
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I'm growing celeriac for the first time this year as I love making celeriac remoulade. Seeing the photos in the 'how to do it' article makes... 
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Become a Compost Expert

Free training to become a compost master 
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Help for flooded gardens

help for flooded gardens 
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Tibouchina Grandiflora Lepidota

Any info about care 
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Any tips on groing lisianthus 
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Garlic wars!

Garlic cloves are being dug up. 
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email responses

Why don't I get email responses 
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Yellow sticky fly traps

Has anyone made their own? 
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