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Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 23:30
nutcutlet wrote (see)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26387395

A lot of birds here

Hi nut, I've fixed the text attached to that story.  It really should have read like this:

"Starlings in Hereford say they are being plagued by thousands of residents.

Between dawn and dusk the residents take to the streets around their homes, leaving a huge mess behind them.

The residents are protected and there is little that can be done to solve the problem.

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 20:00

And don't forget Vinca minor (periwinkle) which is as tough as old boots, evergreen, has pretty blue flowers which appears almost all year round and will even grow in total shade.  Great groundcover for large difficult areas as it spreads by suckers or layering itself.

Apple canker

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 19:23

I don't think canker is transmitted via soil, but as it affects trees under stress, I'd hesitate to plant another fruit tree of any kind there, at least without checking the drainage and soil condition first.  What's the soil like in that area?

 

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 19:13

A similar thing happens here occasionally, Jonboy.  In my case it's because a sparrowhawk moves into the area.  All of the small birds then move-on.  After a while, so does the sparrowhawk and the birds then return.  Keep an eye on all of the highest places around your garden (tops of tall trees, chimneys) to see if a bird of prey is hanging around.  It might take you a while to spot it though.

Apples

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 19:06

Heh heh - I noticed that one and quite like the idea of growing it myself.  It would be great fun to offer someone an apple and watch their reaction after biting into it and asking what variety it is!

Apples

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 00:24

Apples are only indigenous to central asia, but I know what you mean.  There are lots of varieties that are traditionally grown in Yorkshire.  This is probably just what you are looking for:

http://www.northernfruitgroup.com/yorkshireapples.htm

 

Talkback: How to grow celeriac

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 22:06

I still have about a dozen celeriac growing, artjak.  They do need a long season - with the late start last year the roots weren't big enough to pull until Christmas!  I'm going to start them off a bit earlier this year, weather permitting..  I'll pull one or two this weekend and post photo's.  They are lovely roasted but an absolute pain to prepare - the useful part of the root is completely covered in small roots which, in my clay soil, really hold on to the soil so cleaning is more like slicing through the roots/mud until the 'outer heart' is reached.  Not a lot was left after that in my case!  They seemed to grow completely pest-free though!

What the heck is this?

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:34

Slice one of the tubers open and smell it.  If it looks like potato and smells like potato..  They can grow into some very odd shapes:

http://timesleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?avis=TL&date=20090930&category=news&lopenr=309309997&Ref=AR

 

Heated propagators

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:38

Agree with nut - I always remove seedings from propagators as soon as they've germinated, or sometimes just remove the cover first for a day or two first before removing them.  If you don't do that they'll get leggy very quickly and won't make good plants.  You do need to put them somewhere with plenty of natural light and where it won't get below about 10C (not below 15C would be better for chillies I believe.)

Dahlia Tuber

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 23:18

Dahlias are one of the most promiscuous of cross-pollinators and you never really know what you will get from seed saved from ones grown in your garden.  The clue is probably in the name: "variabilis"!   There are literally thousands of scientific papers on the subject of their genetics.

Best thing to do is to sow lots then wait for them to flower and remove those you don't like.  If you get one or two you really like and want to multiply, then lift the tubers over winter, start them off in a deep tray the next spring and keep cutting and propagating the new shoots, all of which will grow into identical plants to the 'mother' tuber.

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