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chicken resistant plants

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 16:20

Phillppa - re the grass problem. I was looking at this (only too aware that the run itself will be stripped bare) and saw a clever little way someone had made grass available to their chickens by putting a grass in a seed tray and building a sturdy welding wire mesh (boxed in with wood so there were no sharp edges) lid that fitted snuggly over the top so that the chickens couldn't reach all the way in to pick it clean. They'd leave it in for a few days and then swap it over with something else (in one instance with seeds from their feed they'd germinated a few weeks prior) so it could recover.

I'm hoping to do something similar with plants in pots with a wire globe buried inside to give the main root ball some protection so that they've plenty of positive stimulation to keep their brains from planning to take over the world and once the plant looks a little too battered it can be whipped out and a replacement put in while it recovers... we'll have to see how / if it works out.

There's lots of ideas like this on Pintrest if you ever have a spare hour to loose!


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 13:31

Stay inside and keep those bugs to yourself Fidget - just wrap yourself up in a blanket and rest a little with that good book (I can really recommend The Yorkshire Shepherdess as a light read).

Dove & Steve - I think it'll be winter at earliest! We need to remove the plaster off the walls in the master bedroom, hallway, and lounge so I think next Spring might be best so we can have the windows open to blast the dust through. (Lets not even mention the kitchen that's a full strip out floor ripped up, cooking on the BBQ for months, kind of job). Neither of us have much in the way of inclination knowing its going to be so disruptive!

Thunder still very much over head and causing an awful headache - the joys of being "delicate". Only the one power cut so far so alas they wont be sending us home just yet

Mrs G - seen your PM thanks. I'll email them for more information and hopefully they'll get back to me soon (left my phone at home so can't call them). As for if I should tell you how... We'll see (I have realised a big flaw in the plan).


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 12:28

My daffs are still the most healthy looking thing in the garden! I think you're best to leave them (don't tie them up) until they look like they're almost over so that they can absorb as much as they can from the sun (ha!) to feed the bulbs ready for next year.

Talkback: How to harvest garlic

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:57

You SHOULDN'T wait til they go yellow? Oh! I thought you were meant until they DID turn yellow.

Now I'm most confused!

I'm tempted to pull the fallen ones up tonight and hanging them to dry (would the greenhouse been too warm a place to dry them?) and see what they're like. I'm concerned with them now laying down they wont be as effective at growing any further and don't want them to rot.


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:36

Doesn't look like it does it KEF Oh well - I've plenty of other jobs to do, du*ting, ir*ning and such like )

I hope we get some dry weather so that I can finish off digging up the area for the chicken run - I managed five wheel barrows full (about a third of the way) but its just a muddy mess now. Once the land is prepared I can start "encouraging" (its not nagging!) the run he promised he'd build before he gets distracted with the greenhouse foundations, the helping me sort out the vegetable plot, the timbers to finish off the pond, the ripping up the path so he can get electricity / internet to his ManShed...

... Oh and decorating the house which might have to wait until next year now!


Help finding Roscoea

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:30

I've just looked on the RHS website and if you type in the plant name it comes with  list of suppliers.

For example this search:


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:23

Moggy - funny you should post this today. This morning I asked the very same question here: (no answer yet but worth you keeping an eye in in case someone comes up with something).

While I don't think mine are cat related I am wondering if they're linked to big feet!

A grand Auld Lad.

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:08

Oh bless Frank I think we all get the idea you'll be sorry to hear him go. There's something about having a dog in the house that gives it an extra sparkle.

As for dogs travelling light - I'm convinced my grandparents dog travels with more equipment than babies the poor dog has his own suitcase for a weekend away!


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:03

Your Storm is just hitting Rother Valley Way PunkDoc.

Maybe it'll hit a power line and we can all go home early!

Bees and more bees!

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 10:04

I counted thirty from my chair on Sunday. They really were everywhere it was so wonderful to watch. I've been paying attention to the few plants we've added so far to the garden and ones we're planning for the future to favour ones that have the RHS "perfect for pollinators" trademark on or fall in their list on the website.

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