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bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:40

I have now emptied the potato bag and had a crop of Charlotte spuds. I took some photos of the nest;

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53896.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 The whitish area at 10.00 is the ghostly remains of a tea bag, the misty area in the middle is hair from the Jack Russell's coat, in the spring I put the hair in a flower pot lying on it's side with a bit of hair; dog's and mine, poking through the hole in the base for the birds to use.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53897.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 The underside is old leaves, whether they gathered there naturally, or the Robins brought them there I don't know.

Talkback: Water butts and hoverflies

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:33

I agree, in the US they have a constant battle with the mossy that spreads Dengue fever, luckily it only moves North about 100 yards a week I think. I believe that there and in parts of Africa they use a spray that changes the surface of the water. It stops them from reproducing.

Here in the Fens, historically, there was a form of malaria and the Fen people grew Opium Poppies to combat the disease.

Celery blanching

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:05

I thought that most grow your own celery was 'self blanching' in some mysterious way. Have grown it for three years and it is always quite green, the flavour of home grown is very strong, I tend to use it for soups, but always pass it through a vegetable mill after blending, to get rid of the stringiness.

If you want it blanched, you could try taping across the hole on a large flower pot and up-ending that onto a plant. Hope this helps

Hand shears

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:00

holyhock...

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:00

I tend to leave mine for a while, so I can gather seeds. I cut them down when they start to look really awful Someone may come up with a better idea though.

Talkback: Water butts and hoverflies

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 14:54

I think lids are the way to go greg

Planting in Dappled shade

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 07:03

Heucheras and there is a huge variety of them.

Talkback: Water butts and hoverflies

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 07:02

When I worked in Barbados, a local Nursery owner told me they never had saucers under their plant pots as we do here as any standing water would encourage mosquitoes. I can't understand why a lidded water butt would have mossys. Greg, are the other 2 butts with lids?

Morning Glory not flowering. Why?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 06:55

Mine are doing more or less the same, though I have had a few flowers. The plants just seem to want to reach for the sky without flowering much. I, too have been feeding them with multi-purpose plant food, perhaps this is the problem

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:54

I won't get it back till they have checked it back at the warehouse, I will know when my next credit card bill comes through. If it is not repaid, then Tesco have to be very very frightened

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