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Does it have any label, maker's name or model number on it, Madeleine?
If not, please upload a photo as there's a good chance someone here will recognise it.
Traditionally it's linseed oil which helps stop steel parts rusting and is good for wooden handles. It's also safe in the garden.
Same as fidget.
Last year was the first time the squirrels didn't nick my hazelnuts - I expect they'll be back as per normal this autumn though! If I were to plant another cob, it would be a purple leaved filbert (aka red filbert.) Smaller nut crop but much more attractive foliage (which is all I usually get to enjoy!) Chris Bowers (who posts on this forum) has a good range of all types to choose from. Matty, just one squirrel will strip a tree - they just take them, bury them and return until there are none left..
Sounds wonderful Simon! It is always a good idea to wait for a full year before making any major changes to the borders so you can see what appears - you may have some great and/or expensive plants in there. Folk on this forum will love identifying anything that comes up and you're not sure of.
Good advice there Mike! A tray chock full of leggy seedlings that you didn't have time to prick out is neither use nor ornament as they will rarely grow into decent plants.
I'm going to try starting a few chilli and sweet pepper seeds in my new homemade propagator in a week or two as they need a long growing season. I'll only sow a quarter of the seeds though, just in case they don't survive transfer to my unheated conservatory. That's much warmer than the cold greenhouse but not sure it will be good enough. I have plenty of seed this year so it's worth the risk I think.
Hi David, I'll take a photo at the weekend. I found it pretty easy to make - if you're reasonably good at DIY it would be a breeze.
I'd be more worried about what chemicals are being blown into your garden when the farmer sprays his field! There are probably poppy seeds already in the soil of the fields as they stay viable for at least 60 years and possibly centuries. The farmer may well spray herbicide to kill everything a few weeks before planting his crops anyway. I honestly wouldn't worry about a few stray seeds from your garden - there will be far more pernicious wild weeds invading it anyway.
Those are lovely Fairygirl - just looked them up. The red/yellow ones are a bit too garish (and large) for my taste. Hmm, I feel another order coming on!