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For those with cat, fox or other animal problems....

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 22:41

Hi Vicki. The water scarecrow has  adjustable settings so that it will not affect birds if you don't want it to. It is approved by the RSPB (I think)

For those with cat, fox or other animal problems....

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 10:11

Morning! I have just had one of those special offer emails through from Amazon telling me there is an offer on the Contech water scarecrow £38.99 with free delivery. This is an excellent product (imo) and well worth the money instead of spending out on various other recommended deterrents. This works and doesn't go out of date, disappear with the rain etc. it is moveable and just needs an outside tap. I think it's good timing for the beginning of the season to stop cats doing what they do in newly turned soil or on emerging seedlings etc.

I have no connection with the company, just own one and can recommend it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/ref=pe_138801_44742361_pe_row1_b1/?ASIN=B005MW9VOM

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 21:40

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38554.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38555.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 A couple of photos of my pond dug by myself and my children about 5 years ago,

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 16:35

I too would recommend Jack Frost but also Vinca minor - variegations available in  in white and yellow or Geranium macrorrhizum - the one that looks like below as it is more vigorous than the paler coloured varieties.

http://www.crocus.co.uk/images/products2/PL/20/00/01/72/PL2000017277_card_lg.jpg

Spawn 2014

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 15:46

Three clumps of frogspawn today and the pond looks like it is boiling, there are so many bubbles! (Essex)

Spawn 2014

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 22:03

Hi Maureen, preformed ponds usually don't have a good entry/exit point for frogs.You will have to make an easy entry point by adding bricks, stones etc at one end/side in order to make the entrance slope gentle. You also need to have a shallow end as frogs like shallow water to mate/spawn in. It is also essential for hedgehogs as if they fall in they will not be able to negotigate the steep slippery sides and drown. Google wildlife ponds  and take a look at the ideas/tips and the pictures. Hope this helps.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/productimage/1321.jpg

Spawn 2014

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 22:54

Today  toads, frogs and newts were all very active in my pond . I am expecting spawn over the next few days and thought it would be interesting to chart the arrival of spawn throughout the country. I'm in Essex. Anyone else got active amphibians yet?

Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 09:51

I have this shrub and love it. After the flowers come little red hearts which are so pretty. Needs little attention but doesn't mind a good short back and sides. It just thickens up for birds to hide in and rewards you next winter with even more blooms. The sort of shrub you could grow a summer flowering climber through as it will take the weight and will offer more interest in summer.

Lawn destruction

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 17:57

If I were you with a patch this size and selling - cut it and keep it cut, put some lovely pots with spring flowers at strategic places to distract from it. Trying to establish a new lawn with the winter we have had and with the cost, time, hard work and up keep etc I don't think will add greatly to the price. If your father had a good established garden -  the shrubs, daffodils etc will help to lift the garden and any gardener buying it will look on it as a challenge, any non gardener won't notice imo. Hopefully, you will sell (with a garden this size) to someone who likes gardening or can afford a gardener and who will restore your father's garden with lots of love.

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:17

Seed compost.

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