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Birdfeeder in flowerbed?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:51
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

The No-Mess feed mixes are good, birds tend to waste less of it and as it's been husked it doesn't germinate if spilled. 

Unfortunately I tried this (feeders hang off the apple tree above the soon to be herb garden) thinking it a good idea to keep the stray weeds down and found it still germinated (I put some in a pot in some damp cotton wool to see as I wasn't sure whether I was just suffering a LOT of weeds). Maybe mine was a bad patch!

Birdfeeder in flowerbed?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:21

Someone on this forum once suggested microwaving the bird food before putting it out so that it can't germinate. I don't know what this does to the nutrients (nor if it even works) but it might be worth considering if you struggle to weed the grass seeds or are concerned about them affecting other plants.

What soil do you have in the flower bed? Is it often overly wet / dry? I'd think this would be more an issue than a bird feeder.

weed killer

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:17

What plants are they? Wash them off well as Dove has suggested and then if you can try removing the top soil surrounding the plants which'll have absorbed the lawn weed killer and replenishing it with compost so that its not going to leak out to the roots every time it rains.


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 07:19

You make it sound like hugs are a bad thing!


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 07:18

I really need to do some weeding. Something to look forward to this evening if its not raining too hard! OH brought me two tins of paint yesterday (not quite the engagement ring I wanted but...) so we need some more good weather so I can get the woodwork outside smartened up.

So starts another week at work - with the added excitement that I'll be covering not just one but potentially three people's jobs if our "delightful" receptionist decides to go awol again (I will forgive anyone pulling a sickie if they at least make the effort to tell the same story to people not three different tales!)

Need that new job! Come on Yorkshire there must be something out there for me.


Have fun everyone! 


Sweetpea how's the insect bite?


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:43
Sweetpea - if it spreads anymore go see a doctor! I was bitten by something last year and in a few hours my foot was a balloon with nasty red looking veiny type things. Not fun but the fluxo helped nicely.

Lovely weather today but I Daren't look at the weather report to see what this week will be like.


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 07:36

Morning all!  Its the weekend which means partner makes the tea... unfortunately he's snoring away and I'm dying of thirst! May have to sneak out of bed and get a pre tea tea!

Look at that glorious sunshine!  I'm off to a family photo shoot today - had fully expected to be in wellies so much so I've not prepared any sunny weather clothes!!


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:38

Hmm, this must be my problem - not enough Cath Kidson utensils (in fact I don't think I own any!)

I shall invent an excuse such like "enjoying lay ins while I can". Might not have little ones, but I expect the chickens will count! (Bread still not baking).


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:18

Morning all. I should be up being all proactive baking bread and getting the washing on but my domestic goddess mojo has rather left me!

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 11:10

Treehugger - I've done just that with my bird table too and it works a treat. Its gapped so the blackbirds, starlings, and little brown jobbies can get in and out easily but the pigeons (who are quite numerous here) only get the discarded food on the floor.

Sweetpea how long have you been at your place? We didn't get anything for months when we moved here but slowly they came and started to tell their friends. Our hedge is now full of house sparrows that have moved in since we did. We even had a resident robin nesting somewhere nearby that will "announce" itself to anyone who walks in the garden knowing you will scuttle off and put some fresh food out while scaring all the other birds off so it gets as much as it desires!

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