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Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 19:11

Oh good fishy, I'm not an unreasonable person, but people don't understand that we are here only through nature's good graces, and we mistreat it at our peril. We all, whatever our species, need to respect our place on a planet that is under huge stress by the activity of the dominant species. Much could be done to redress the balance but indifference and self interest dominates. I do not wish to see the future of my children and theirs leave a legacy that may be difficult or impossible to recover from.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:22

Fishy maybe humans should be culled instead, not sparrowhawks. Nature was here long before us and will be here long after us. Human beings are more of a plague on nature than nature upon human beings.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 12:20

Then don't watch Lyn.

Help with penstemons

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 12:17

Penstemons can take a season to get going. Young plants need time to settle. In spring cut them down to half their current size, you should see better results next year. 2 years does sound a long time, but it's happened to some of mine as well. I really wouldn't worry about it.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 11:07

Why be concerned about a sparrowhawk taking what it has evolved to eat. Nearly all hawks feed on birds, rabbits, small rodents and other creature's, you don't get vegetarian raptors. It's all part of life and nature's rich tapestry. They are entitled to live like any other creature and feed as they have evolved to do. Songbirds are prey items for a number of predators. Just because we like one bird over another, doesn't mean we should discourage another species of bird. Persecution of raptors, led to the wiping out of the Red Kite in the UK. Other raptors are persecuted by game keepers and farmers, which has led to a huge reduction in their numbers. If you have a bird of prey visiting your garden be grateful and enjoy their spectacle. 

People being influenced by the 'cuddly bunny' brigade and really soft in the head attitudes, fail to understand the basic rule in nature of only the fittest survive.

If you want an example of the rule of nature watch the David Attenborough series 'Life Story'.

Nature is an unstoppable force which we humans can never hope to fully control. 

Our ingenuity has led us to the place we occupy today, but ultimately, nature will, by whatever means, lead to the destruction of the planet we live on.

Every creature has the right to live, even if we don't like or want them. The world would be a boring place if we kept things from eating each other, and we would certainly starve.

Nature rules us, we deceive ourselves if we think otherwise.

Leave the sparrowhawk alone.

Thinning Calendula seedlings

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 21:18

Calendula can take being moved, water them in thoroughly and with this mild weather they'll re root in no time.

Composting leaves.

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:33

The Black Walnut tree is the most toxic, English Walnut is far less toxic, but composting degrades any toxins in walnut tree's. The advice is to not use as a mulch, but addition to a compost heap is recommended as long as there is plenty of contact with the soil and plenty of other material going in there, which it sounds as though you have. So an open air bin, plenty of mixing and turning with other compostable material should see the toxins break down naturally. 

Ground warming - good idea?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:21

It's a bit early to start warming anything. It will suppress weed growth over the winter, But really unless you have a serious weed problem, it's better to leave it open to the elements over winter. Fork or dig in the compost, I presume you mean farm yard manure or composted material, then let the worms do the work for you. If your'e warming a bed for early veg then late february or early march is the best time. There's usually no need to warm soil in an ordinary garden.

Hebe Black Knight

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 19:55

I don't think I'd be too worried about it. Black Knight is foliage rich, it will flower, but in my experience (mostly of other peoples) they can be temperamental. Hebe's grown from cutting's take a while to get going anyway, but at 2ft it sounds fully grown. They like full sun and a free draining soil, so are the conditions right. I don't think it's one of the most heavily flowering hebe's either, it's more a foliage plant. Some Hebe's are flower mad, other's aren't. I tend to think having had a look about it's grown more for foliage than flower. It's a great foliage plant, maybe another variety would suit you better, it depends what your'e after.

Azalea leaves turning brown

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:24

Feed with an azalea/rhododendron food, you can get it from GC's, shops and online. Change the top 2 inches of compost and add fresh ericaceous compost, then water it in. Be careful when changing the compost as azalea's are fairly shallow rooted. You can break some roots, but breaking too many will stress the plant. You should see the benefit next spring. 

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