BobTheGardener


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Cost of bird food

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:10

Nut, the J&J seed mix includes quite large raisins so you may want to check they won't block your feeders - easy to pick out by hand though which I do and put those onto my bird table for the blackbirds (who love 'em. )

French beans

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:02

Far, far too early Anne!  They can't stand low temperatures or any degree of frost so you don't really want to sow French beans until all danger of frost has passed.  They grow quickly if not checked by cold but cold-stunted plants never do well and later sowing always do much better than plants so affected.

acer pruning

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 14:58

Hi Patzz, This tree is also known as a boxelder.  From: http://www.easybloom.com/plantlibrary/plant/boxelder-1

"Pruning:

Generally, pruning isn't necessary, but small trees can be pruned in order to accentuate shape. If pruning is desired, make cuts during summer/early fall (for climates with mild winters) or between late fall and mid-winter (in climates with freezing-temperature winters) in order to minimize sap bleeding."

It's a US site so as we are in the UK I would take 'freezing climates' advice and prune it now if it really needs it but I expect it will bleed regardless.

Cost of bird food

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:53

Hi Alan, no problem.  The seed I get is 'Johnson & Jeff Superior Wild Bird Seed Husk Free' from Burnhills, the sunflower hearts are from Croston Corn Mill and mealworms from Hoof & Hound.  Google will find them for you.

Cost of bird food

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:35

Hi all, I know there have been a lot of threads over the years about feeding birds but after recently buying some birdfood in bulk, I couldn't believe the difference in costs compared to buying from the supermarket (where I normally get it) so thought I'd share! These are just some examples:

20kg sunflower hearts £24 - supermarket £60, saving £36
20kg wild bird seed husk free £22 - supermarket 'no mess' £80, saving £58
5kg dried mealworms £42 - supermarket £150 (!!!), saving £108

No doubt some stores/supermarkets have better prices than those above, but many of their prices are just unbelievable - take the meal worms for example - Asda charge £3 for just 100g, that's £30 per kg!

 

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:33

Maybe a different shaped one - like a tea scoop?  There seem to be leaf motifs on it which is why I like your possible tea connection!

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:18

Too small, Birdy - Gg says it is only 5cm x 3.5cm.  It looks purely decorative to me with no obvious fixings other than what could be a broken soldered joint at the lower left on the back.  I think it's likely a decorative buckle from a shoe or somesuch but I do think it is probably quite old and has been protected from corrosion by the coating which may be real silver.

Edit: I see you've since noticed the size   Good call with the tea strainer handle, or possibly the handle from a tea measuring spoon?

Planting suggestions for new path?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 21:15

How do heucheras do in your garden, LF?  They would give you year-round interest in a range of colours.

Tomato 2014

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 19:37

As our resident expert Italiophile is always saying, we need to treat tomatoes with 'controlled neglect'.  Over-feeding and over-watering will simply encourage them to produce lots of green growth and little fruit.  The theory behind this is that plants try harder to propagate themselves when conditions are harsh.  In the case of tomatoes, that means producing as much seed as possible which of course means lots of tomatoes.  It does work!

Chrysanthemums

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 19:07

You could try growing in pots as Charley suggests and then burying the pots in the bed.  When the bad weather comes it would then be relatively easy to lift the pots and store them somewhere more sheltered.  In my experience the wet does more damage than the cold to hardy perennials so your high water table is probably what killed them last year.

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