Latest posts by BrummieBen

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 12:48

Joe, I certainly didn't mean any old person should be shooting, hence my remark about people who can't shoot, using a rifle. People who can shoot will be employed, and I'm not talking about in built up areas, although the greys have strongholds in all major cities due to the amount of food available same as the foxes. Most likely will be poisoned or trapped. It really does need sorting out, I live in Birmingham and currently the fox and grey populations are out of control.

I'm all for things in their natural habitat, and helping to protect that. However WE have created an artifical habitat which they are exploiting.

A book I didn't write, but everyone should own

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 12:34

I didn't write this Geoff!! Anyways I bought this book from amazon I think for the princely sum of £4.99. It is very detailed on just about everything! It's called 'The Plant Propagator's Bible', it's readers digest and written by Miranda Smith. I personally think this should be made sticky so everyone buys it.. it tells you how to germinate every seed, root cuttings, grafting, even leaf cuttings! Also scaling bulbs, it has everything, I just thought I'd pass this on to everyone, mainly because I've read many books but this really is my bible. It's very simple to follow and read with lots of pics, it basically allows you to grow anything that grows in the UK.


Gone up in price :/

But I'd pay the money anyways, it really is that good. Mind the first reviewer moaning about phlox not being in it, don't think they have a brain, book can only be so big no?

Onions and garlic

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 12:25

stick them in and see how they go, and let us know. I think everyone on here has 'forgotten' stuff at one time or another. Like my father always says, they've got 2 chances!


Posted: 15/02/2013 at 12:22

follow this and you are sorted.. firstly dig over the top half a fork depth, don't worry about the old grass just dig it over and add plenty of grit and SHARP sand.. you can add a little compost if you wish, I'd be looking at adding a bag (25kg) of sand and a bag of grit for every 5 m square (also remove any stones you find above 2"). You can add maybe a shovel full of compost every meter squared. Once that is all dug in, walk it all down, not stamping just normal walking. Then stick the topsoil on the top and rake it level, then turf over. With the prep you have done, you could have a bowling green on your lawn, but in real terms, it will have great drainage (so less moss but light is the main factor on this) and should have well aerated soil due to the worms munching the compost.. Like I said, lots of work, but you do the graft at the start, and things are very simple after that.

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:00

Squirrels are rats with tails, greys are far more destructive than reds, they are also less timid and more readily adapt to urban environments. There will come a point in the next few years where they are going to start paying people to shoot them, The rate they reproduce is similar to rats. I wouldn't shoot a red even if there were millions, because it is our native. Greys are invaders, much like mink, both are doing untold damage to our native flora and fauna, and all down to human stupidity. We need to clear up our mess, 5 shots on a squirrel I agree is rediculous, what was he using? a pea shooter?, I used to drop them with a .22 air rifle, usually in one, but sometimes 2 shots. If you can't shoot very good, perhaps using a gun is not a very wise choice.

I love nature but on certain things we need to be tough. Urban foxes are another bug-bear of mine. They are a problem created by humans, they have very little to do with wild foxes. In the countryside you'd rarely see a fox and each has a huge territory mainly because it needs it to find enough food to survive. In towns and cities it's all you can eat all day everyday, consequently you have a population explosion. I see foxes nearly everyday, and certainly EVERY night. They consistantly poo everywhere, and rip everyones bin bags open, I've also seen first hand a fox go for a cat. Yes they are lovely, but in their correct environment. It is humans who have caused this problem, and it's up to us to fix it.

B******* Magpies

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 13:44

magpies are very clever birds, best way to deal with them is to buy a cage with a spring loaded door on top and put a magpie decoy inside, the magpie jumps into the cage and triggers the door. The magpie is then dealt with using a stout pair of gloves. My uncle who is a sheep farmer in N wales uses this method about 3 months from lambing time. The lovely magpies and crows like to peck newborn lambs eyes out and exhausted ewes while in the season. Of course poor animals have to be put down.

I live in Birmingham, there are millions of magpies, we still manage to get some small birds visiting, I'm trying to encourage this by removing the decidous hedge that circles my front garden and replacing with blackthorn, providing good nest sites and food. I'm going to keep taking the heads out of the hedge to make it really dense, this will at least stop the larger birds getting easy access to nests.


Posted: 14/02/2013 at 13:16

I would seriously consider removing the moss then turning over the top 4-6 inches adding lots of horticultural grit and sharp sand. Then stick down your topsoil, rake level, then turf the top. Lots of work now, but will be a doddle to maintain your lawn in the future.

the pope

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 13:11

The pope can retire no problem, I heard he has loads of cash in his papal account.

Another Vitopod question

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 12:23

Yes I'm patiently waiting, although I think if I pace much more I'll wear the tiles out in the kitchen! My wife also can't wait for the light and temps to improve, so I'm outside not under her feet or trawling nursery and seed sites buying loads of things!

I do keep a diary, and as I have a 10'x12' greenhouse, I like to grow toms peppers and aubergines, with the rubbish summers we've been having, I'm trying to start that little bit earlier, but I have found that it is folly because most plants will catch up a few weeks in the main growing season anyways. The only way to truly get an early start is to have proper lighting and temp in the greenhouse, trouble is that makes your tomatoes very expensive to grow!!

slug pellets help

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 12:11

place seems rife with advertising!! There's that Tine bloke too, you know the one with the video that is used to induce comas..

On topic, I do use slug pellets, however, and this is the HUGE point, people use them like they are salting the roads!! This is NOT the way to use. I saw a report on WHICH? if I rememeber. It was testing all sorts of pellets, the natural ones, the not so natural etc. All were fairly effective, but in every case the main point they made was NOT to use too many. Basically they said each pellet should be 3-4" from the next. When you think about that, that's very few to cover quite a substantial area. I've been using this idea for last couple of years and have had excellent success and one carton of pellets easily lasts me a whole season. If you do use the not so natural way, at least this way you are minimising the amount you are using. When I sprinkled half a handful on 7' x 4' raised salad bed last year, my mum who has been growing veg for 50+ years laughed and said it was never enough, however we had great lettuce and leaves with virtually no damage. So it does work! And remember last year was mollusc heaven!

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