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Latest posts by Clarington

Yellowing Basil plant leafs.

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:01
I've just been tidying the kitchen and went to rotate the basil plant that lives on the windowsill only to notice the leaves are yellowing. Could this be due to a lack of nutrients? Its been in the same pot for a good 8 months now if not longer and has continued to grow like a mad thing intent on reaching the moon.


Posted: 15/01/2014 at 21:31
My OH is on his knees decorating our house. I guess that counts for something.

Enjoy your book KEF!


Posted: 15/01/2014 at 19:27
Stuffing phones anywhere tend to make getting on one knee most difficult!! (61cm deep - should be enough right?)

bacon and pepper frittata here with purple potatoes. Why were vegetables not this cool when I was growing up?!


Posted: 15/01/2014 at 09:41

Next leap year is 2016. Last leap year he turned his phone off and sulked when I dared mention the tradition of being able to ask him.

Panda - I've the ring all chosen out, at least buying it ourselves means we get exactly what we want!

I hope the supermarket isn't too busy KEF! I did our big shop last night. Apparently everyone wanted to be in Asda!

I need your help!

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 09:31

From a campaign likes yours I'd want

  • a monthly email telling me what to look out for in terms of what wildlife would be around with interesting facts especially the rarer animals in the UK and invasive species that need reporting / are putting our own native animals at risk
  • Also in the email / on a website ... what jobs would need doing in both my wildlife patch and the garden in general to be animal friendly (i.e. this weeks project - build a insect box, make a leaf pile for hibernating animals, sow x y z....)
  • Also in the email / on a website ... what events are on (i.e. RSPB big bird watch) that I could get involved in

I try to encourage wildlife into my garden because I feel it important to make a contribution to helping animals when we are putting ever more pressure on the natural environments that they live / lived in with our big housing plans and concrete cities. I am aware how important it is to have bees and such like to pollinate and thus grow our food.


Posted: 15/01/2014 at 07:17
Alas my partner wont marry me Lilly! These are for a friends wedding in August as emergency spares less her aunt can't produce enough to keep up with demands!

I was saving up to myself a very special ring (its the only way it'll happen!) But I spent the money on the pond and then these wedding plants. Oops!! Saving money is hard work.

Dove its awfully wet and grim outside! I made it three yards before retreating.


Posted: 14/01/2014 at 22:15
star gaze lily wrote (see)

Well at least you had diet coke Clari 

Ha ha! There is that!!

Ordered the first lot of wedding plants today. Here's hoping they're okay!!


Posted: 14/01/2014 at 20:56
Oh toad in the hole. Such memories from childhood!!

Broke my fast with a rum and diet coke. Boy after today I needed it but perhaps wasn't the best of ideas!!

Neighbours not wildlife friendly

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 14:10

I'm afraid I don't think its possible to force your beliefs on how a person should keep their garden on anyone.

Steel mesh covering wildlife pond?

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 14:09

Future / present proofing your pond sounds a very sensible idea. It may not be your child that falls in but imagine the horror if at a party a friends little brother fell in while their mother was watching someone else, even if all that happened was wet feet forgotten about once sweeties are mentioned.

Yes it's fine for us to say "oh its not really going to be a nature pond" or try and impose our suggestions on you but ultimately its for you to decide what you think is best. Its your garden that means you have ultimate control. The wildlife will just learn to adapt as no doubt is has done many many times before!

6" square mesh seems plenty big enough for wild life to me (esp. for frogs and things). After all if hedgehog was able to get in through the grid surely it can get out through the same hole? Its also a good size to get your hand in to retrieve action men who claim on the television that they can swim but actually sink like stones.

I'd suggest seeing if you could get marine grade 316 stainless steel (316L being a low carbon content, 316H being high carbon content) rather than galv or painted that should prevent issues with rust contaminating the water. Now you could google the life out of this and you'd find that it does react slightly in warm sea water (causing brown staining) and but this shouldn't apply to your situation. As with all materials there will always be a slight risk you have to take. This is the grade that as an engineering type bod I have used all the time for systems that are outside / get washed down regularly and its used for boat fittings which should go some way to proving its water friendly properties.

One thing to consider is how it is made removable so that you can do maintenance on your pond (taking out leaves, removing dead plants / fish).

Hope that helps.

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