Latest posts by blueberry77

Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 15:57

In Yorkshire, a quite sheltered spot but am feeling very wary about starting anything off yet. Lost a lot of early plantings last year. Am waiting to get potatoes and broad beans in to begin with. Where is everyone else at with things ?

(southerners and the rest allowed to reply too of course, but particularly interested in locals)

Talkback: Garden foxes

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 14:13

There is a constant source of food for foxes in cities

Yes, this is a large part of the problem. A clean and rubbish-free environment would be much less appealing, and in specific areas where there are large groups of them being a nuisance (as opposed to the occasional sighting) it is already allowable for licensed killing.

Overwintered failures

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 13:02

Hello all. I'm in Yorkshire, but in an urban microclimate - friends and family only a few miles away can have frost and snow when there's nothing here. It is a bit exposed though so can suffer from the wind. The soil is clay based, has been improved slightly, but soggy with all the wet weather.

Broad beans all geminated well and seemed to be happy, looks like something nipped them off at ground level but the rest of the plant isn't eaten or damaged at all.

The winter cabbage just looked sickly, yellowed and purply. Perhaps the soil is too acid or has been leached with all the rain ?

Will have another go with usual spring sowings, maybe just not the right conditions here for winter stuff.


Best type of bird feeder for a city garden?

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 20:54

Looking longer term, do you have space for a few bird-friendly bushes or fruit trees ?

If you are putting out feeders then caging and height (eg screw some onto the wall of the house - away from cats and squirrels) is the way to go.

Overwintered failures

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 20:51

Decided to try some autumn sown and overwintered veg this year. Started off OK with winter cabbage, japanese onions and broad beans. BUT cabbage did nothing and just then all died, onions more than half have suddenly disappeared, and all broad beans dead apart from two not at all happy looking plants.

No hard frosts here , the ground hasn't frozen, and did manage to plant them away from the worst of the waterlogging. Not really sure what's gone wrong.



Feeding Birds / Protecting your plants

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 20:41

they prefer them to raspberries so they leave me most of (not all!) the raspberries.

I have often wondered why the birds leave the rasps alone. I grow autumn fruiting and the the birds won't touch them at all, even if I pick a few and put them on the bird table. Yet you would think the rasps are sweeter than redcurrants or blackcurrants which they will be quite happy to take ?

what do you think is the best make of bird food you have bought?

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 20:38

I find seed mixes and commercial fat balls are false economy - full of stuff the birds don't like.

What gets eaten and no mess left over is: sunflower hearts, shredded suet from the supermarket, raisins and very occasional food scraps (we don't have many leftovers).

Watterlogged soil, everything rotting

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 09:55

The garden already is a raised bed (not built by me). But there is very lttle drainage underneath. I've tried to build it up a bit, but as said in OP am very limited as to what can be done. Will just have wait for it to dry out and get some pots meanwhile.

Broad beans again

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 09:40

I'll get them out asap then, they're looking healthy so far

Watterlogged soil, everything rotting

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 09:35

Thanks for the suggestions. It's not a big space and I like to grow mostly veg, herbs, cottage garden flowers. There is a very slight slope so maybe I should just write off the end where it has puddled the worst.

Would it help if I put a load of straw down to soak up the water at the wettest part - then compost the straw when it starts to rot down ?

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