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Posted: 22/05/2014 at 13:08

I'm hoping ours will be when we get home Dove. I put "Water Soldiers" in which are meant to float on the surface to act as coverage but they all sank and haven't been seen since My lilly is tiny and growing slowly and the  oxygenating weed doesn't provide much cover yet. It is such as a large area evaporation is going to be a big problem.


Doesn't seem to be raining much / at all now. Can't the weather get it over and done with before the weekend?!


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 10:19

Morning OL!


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 10:18

Busy bee makes a good point regarding your muscles needing to get back used to the idea of your bladder filling fully before it is emptied. When the catheter is removed try no to plan any trips out for a couple of days. If you're anything like I was you'll immediately notice that you have to plan your whole day around being close to a loo as your bladder "forgets" how to hold as much fluid and it'll take a few weeks to recover.

BUT and I mean this in my sternest voice don't see this frequent peeing as a reason not to drink as much (WATER! Dash it Mike put down that whiskey bottle you know we mean water!! :P ) It's very important that you keep your fluid levels up and your bladder is flushed through so no germs can take hold.

(23 hours 10 minutes).

what paint can I use outside - cheap and cheerful

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 09:21

Oh that's good to know! I was looking at the Cuprinol website last night for ideas on colours for a few projects. Will nip to our local tonight and see if the offer still applies!

Thank you ever so for sharing.

Greenhouse Shading

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 09:20

Funny you should post about that David. I was only thinking last night about getting some old blinds to afix within DIY runner jobbies to the inside of the greenhouse when we rebuild it to open and close as the worst of the summer hits.


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 09:15

*drums hand on desk impatiently waiting til Friday 09:30*


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 07:31

Rain! Phew!! Pots were getting very dry!


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 22:19

Please take Busy Bee up on her offer Mike.

Those buzz words make a huge difference believe me.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 15:08
MrsGarden wrote (see)
another message to clari from mrs knows nothing know it all...coops shouldn't be reused for a year to ensure there's no red mite infestation. Ot sure why a good scrub wouldn't be ok perhaps a question to ask the farm?

That's a good point. I was intending on a complete dismantle, lightly sanding down the wood, cleaning with a strong animal safe disinfectant, before repainting it to protect the wood and reassembling. I would have thought this should get rid of the nasties but I'll definitely ask at the farm what their opinion is and if they've a disinfectant they recommend.

Thinking about it I'd best see if there are certain paints to avoid too. (I know chickens don't tend to chew their coops as a rabbit for instance would but it would still be a good idea to make sure the paint wouldn't cause problems).

I'm also going to ask the farm about winterising the coops. With aviaries and rabbit hutches I would be fixing a grooved batten of wood so that plastic sheets can be slotted in on the roof / wind prone sides for extra protection as required (because its much easier to build these mods in now when its empty than when its raining!) Having only dealt with chickens in very sheltered coops 100 miles south I want to try and put as much in place now so we don't have to worry should we ever get a bad winter.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 13:14
MrsGarden wrote (see)

Clari, I looked on eBay etc for chicken coops, around £120 for 3-5 chickens, reviews were ok but the ones 3+ times as much were much sturdier from what I could gather you may get what you pay for. Hope you get to touch and feel some before buying so you can make an informed decision, ps, you don't need an appointment for BVfarm just turn up I was told when I emailed her. Exciting, enjoy! Hmmm, think I might be able to meet up with you there perhaps...?


I think it definitely is get what you pay for with coops which is why I started to look at second hand ones as even ones wanting a bit of work (painting etc) would be a more sturdy design than a new cheap one. There seems to be a lot of coops available which is good - I guess its a hobby people can quickly grow bored of which they find it more time consuming / expensive than they realised. Also with a second hand one at least I get to see it before I hand over any cash. I did rather favour the idea of those plastic Iglu by Omlet but I'm finding much bigger wooden cages for the same price and I'd rather the chickens have more space than my lazy idea of them being easier to clean.

Yes I emailed the Farm to ask and check about opening times, she seemed quite friendly PLUS what's useful is that they have late night opening one day a week which'll be a bonus when getting regular supplies. I'm hoping to go to the Food Festival in Sheffield if the weather is good so don't know when we'll be heading over yet but if I find out in good time I'll send you a message!

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