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Uploading pics

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 18:43

Thanks, Fairygirl: restores my faith in 'creatures great & small' - it's been parked there for several days now, I hope it hasn't stalled in its development!        

Uploading pics

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 20:27

 I sent this as a test of "uploadability" - I had failed on three separate occasions whilst starting a ew threa!! Maybe the fault was at my end and it has now cleared??? btw: I'd still like to know if this beastie is a 'friend' or 'foe'??

Tomatoes why does thou not begin to ripen..eth?

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 20:46

Lots of supportive good advice there, JB2: Here in coastal SW Wales my indoor Gardeners Delight are only just now giving the first ripe fruit. Plenty of green fruit coming on nicely, so I'm clearing the lower leaves too (makes it easier to feed & water too). Green Zebra is obviously not going to go 'red', but Moneymaker in the same gh are also slow to mature this year. Patience is a virtue which every gardener does well to cultivate!!

Bee boxes

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 20:33

Thanks for your encouraging comments, Tootles & Jo47: I'm not too sure about 'competition' between species - the 'hotel' is in a public area with open access to a range of activities in a wooded/ meadow pasture setting. There's a timber-built, water-powered flour mill about 5 metres away - with twice weekly milling/ bread making demos between Easter - October!! These activities attract families/ holidaymakers from the nearby village of Fuschl. [The trackways are ideal for summer rambling and cross-country skiing; once snow reaches the valley!] In such naturalised surroundings it's ideally situated as a 'showpiece' of green thinking and probably arouses a lot of interest (and maybe imitation?).

 These photos show more detail of the various portions or 'rooms' within the hotel. The last image is of a very much simpler shelter using readily available materials. The descriptive text & illustration panel nearby gives the names and basic 'lifestyle pointers' on key species that are likely to be attracted to such structures.

Bee boxes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:18

 The mega beehouse pictured is near Fuschl, in Salzkammergut, Austria at around 550 metres asl. *It was 'new' early last summer, so has now had a full year's occupation by various beasties! Look closely and you'll see that some of the drilled holes have been partly-closed up (mason bees, I think). A colony of Wood Ants have moved into the base layer with an annex to their nest. * I revisit the area at about the same time each summer, so I'll report on further developments in due course.

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 19:07

Glad to have heard from NG2: expressing the (amusing) & uplifting benefits of 'bat-cohabitation!! My son conducts site-specific surveys to check for evidence of bat 'residence' prior to any re-development of properties; armed with lots of gizmos & kit so that the fullest possible data set can be obtained to benefit both the bats and the homeowners!!

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 21:12

Really surprised that not one forum member has yet mentioned any of the 14+ bat species native to the British Isles?? Could it be that folk are being beguiled by other more 'cute n' cuddly' species that exhibit more appealing lifestyles that are somewhat easier to interact with??


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 21:13

How about incorporating a whiteboard/ slate board (with soft pencils attached) for swaps/ wants/ spare tools/ offers etc near the simple bench/ seating suggested by others???

Free zinnia seeds are tomatoes!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:52

Lucky you, Katemac: my zinnias didn't ever emerge!!

First harvest!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:49

 Enjoy!! From such small (but significant) beginnings are great harvests derived..!!!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

So I've grown gourds this season & needing to know whether these are edible, or merely ornamental?? Positive information would be most welcome - before I poison aybody!! 
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Last Post: 19/10/2015 at 19:03

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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