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Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:45

Thanks for the kind comments!  They are very cheery little things if a bit on the skittish side.  There are a few dunnocks down the far end but they do let me get very close.


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:41

Make sure you don't get any bits of the fruit stems in the wine/jam.  They are extremely bitter as they contain a lot of tannins.


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 20:07

Yes, elderberries - 100% definite!

Talkback: Leaf miner fly

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 20:06

As they are actually inside the leaves, contact insecticides like that won't really work.  A systemic insecticide would, but that means you would be eating the chemical when you eat the kale, so that's not on either.  If there are not too many, you can squash them within the leaf between finger and thumb - where they are within the damaged areas is often visible.


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 19:29

Hi all, The sparrows in my garden had a bad year last year but have certainly made up for it over recent months- I'm having to fill both of my feeders twice a day at the moment!  Here's a short video as I walked down the garden towards the hedge they spend most of their time in.  You can't see much but can certainly hear them!      

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Massive Hydrangea

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 18:36

Hi Lyn, you can cut it right back hard (in early Spring) if you wish and it will come back but won't then flower until the following year.  The normal method is to remove two or three stems completely each year so there is always fresh growth coming from the base which will flower the following year.

Jelly like substance

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 17:31

They use the same stuff in those nappies as water retaining crystals;  I'd say it's almost certainly one or the other.  There were similar weird blue blobs reported about a year ago which turned out to be coloured water crystals which kids had been throwing about - like these:

PS, foxes steal these nappies from bins and bury them..


Talkback: How to plant out leeks

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 15:22

Hi Gillian, wait until the seeds begin turning black.  When they are at that stage, cut the flower heads off and finish drying them in a large paper bag - the seeds will drop out when they are dry if you give the bag a shake.

greenhouse set up

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 15:16

Hi ping, if it gets really cold again this winter, you can keep it a little warmer at night by filling a few 2 litre plastic pop bottles with hot water before you go to bed and placing them on the floor directly under the most tender plants.  Water retains a lot of heat and releases it fairly slowly.

Summer Prune Apple Tree

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 15:06

If you prune it now clk, it will sprout fresh growth which won't have time to develop fully before it gets frosted.  If that happens disease can develop from the damaged new growth.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

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Flowering in September 
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The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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ID trumpet flower

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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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