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Latest posts by Berghill

rat in compost heap

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 15:33

Well, T Bird if there was any problem then me and 'her indoors' would be dead a long time ago. We have had rats nesting in the compost heap every year for the last 20 years or so (country living). Now admittedly our rats are field rats rather than sewer rats (no sewers here) so less likely to be extremely diseased, but even so.

And the animal manure which farmers spread on their fields is just as likely to be contaminated with rat urine, or in the case of the chicken manure which is spread on the land round here, every bacterium you can imagine, you could get totally paranoid about it.

Soil bacteria are excellent at sterilising compost.

rat in compost heap

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 11:55

Safe to use, After all rats wander all over your allotment soil when you are not there,so what is the difference between that and your compost?

Strange Looking Fruit

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 12:03

Seed needs to be sown fresh, remember which ever Magnolia it is.

Strange Looking Fruit

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 09:05

Our grandiflora leaves are in much the same condition as those, but then it is a bit cold here for it.

Strange Looking Fruit

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 17:38

Looks very much like M ,grandiflora seedpod.

Plant identification please

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 15:11

Definitely Chimonanthus praecox.


Posted: 26/10/2015 at 10:29

Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood.

Parsnips in France

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 10:25

And if you do not get the frost to sweeten them up, then dig them, cut them up into roasting size pieces , blanch lightly and freeze them. This has the same effect on their sweetness as a good frost.

Couch Grass / Twitch Weed

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 21:21

And Couch is not in active growth? Who are you kidding? Dug over a bed two weeks ago and there is new growth in it already.

Only go down 6 inches? Again, who are you kidding? The bed I am  trying to clean was turned over to a depth of 18 inches following the roots downwards.

They are edible by the way if you want to get your own back on it!


Posted: 25/10/2015 at 15:26

Hellebores make their new roots as the temperatures drop, so now is the best time of all to move them.

Discussions started by Berghill

How very frustrating.......

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More work!

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Silly question of the day!

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Ptilostemon afer

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Bearded Iris

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Nectaroscordum siculum

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Chlorotic leaves

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Camassia changing colour

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Health and Safety

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Posting removal

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Garden Pictures 2015

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Early Spring

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First Hellebore!

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Olearia x haastii

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