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Posted: 30/06/2014 at 12:18

Lesley - I'm just hoping that I get to see it occasionally rather than just its deposits .

The amount of bird food we're going through is insane. I think the woman at Pets At Home is starting to think I'm stalking her I'm in there so often. I rather hoped the cherry tree might slow down consumption but it just seems to encourage more birds!

That alas will have to change - I wont be the only one on a diet the birds will have to be on a limit too. I've just been looking at prices for the wedding. The photographer alone wants £1000


Posted: 30/06/2014 at 09:54

OL - We've an ornamental cherry tree in the garden that is currently home to a huge amount of blackbirds feasting - its wonderful to watch but their having to "lighten the load" before they take off is causing quite the mess on the greenhouse roof. 

Wonderful to watch though there will still be plenty of fruit for us as the definitely a pear tree" is most certainly producing a good crop of plums!

I'll be building a fruit cage when the vegetable plot is done (I'm already collecting cheap bushes ready to go in!) As we have a huge amount of birds visit us I can see them harvesting everything the moment it appears. I'm going to put some more fruit bushes around the outside of chicken run to "sacrifice" (and hopefully put off the neighbours cat from spending too much time chicken watching as well as providing a bit of shade).

Something that only you'll appreciate - after almost running over the hedgehog on the drive on Thursday night we have discovered that he has taken to protesting by emptying himself all over the lawn - hedge poo everywhere! Its strangely exciting to find and now I'm in search of a nice hedgehog house to put by the compost bins as that area isn't disturbed much.

Talkback: Harvesting garlic

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 09:35

My garlic now fully harvested has been drying away in a cooler area of the green house (the only space I had that wouldn't get rained on where I could spread them out fully).

What is best to do with them once they're dry to keep them at their best for longest? Are there any ways people recommend so they last through the year? I don't know whether to cut them up and put in the freezer in ice cube size portions ready to throw into the pot as required, try to plait them now they're dried and keep them in a cool dark cupboard, or....



Posted: 30/06/2014 at 06:25
Morning all. Bright and early working on my CV!


Posted: 29/06/2014 at 22:33


Posted: 29/06/2014 at 09:22
Morning everyone. Eventually managed to get the Android to accept basic edit so I can post again! No fun and games here alas, starting to suspect partner wont even try to pretend to be happy that we're engaged. Can't wait till we see his family next weekend and grandma forces her wedding ideas on him.

Raining here now - hoping for a light drizzle all day as my garden is in desperate need but the steam rally doesn't want to be a complete wash out!

Day in the car here with a long journey across the UK to pick up some much needed car parts. Keep safe everyone!

Helping Our Solitary Bees

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 11:04

You know I'm sure I read an article about robotic bees being designed...


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 10:55

Ciders cooling down for later...


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 10:53

Last year I put some garlic in the ground, others in pots (since ground space was rather limited). Both grew really well and I think with them drying away at the moment you really can't tell the difference in size. Perhaps had we had a dryer year it might be different!

Members' Public Profiles

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 09:48

"I enjoy "adapting" things for example my pond is an old poster for hustle!"


Oh I love this!

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When do you decant the seedlings? 
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Lost its ID tag in the move - can you identify it? 
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Enjoy a Free Day Out At 4 RHS Gardens

Not spam - honest!! :D 
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