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Big garden bird watch

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 19:11

Having an hour or so spare today (OH at dentist), I got on with making a supply of "Fruit & nut Chappaties" ready for this w/e Birdcount. Saturday looks favourite re: wet weather & high winds for Sunday, so as soon as it stops raining I'll get everything 'topped up' and ready for my welcome guests. Not forgetting Thermos flask etc for myself (I hide in the greenhouse which affords a good all-round view of the umpteen feeders in the modest garden).

We look after our bugs.

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 20:34

 Hi Bill, Higgy,KEF, Gardengirl et al...

Thought you might enjoy seeing other styles of 'bug residences' whilst your creative juices are flowing (and we're not quite ready for daily outdoor activities yetawhile). Needless to say I didn't buy this OTT Austrian offering, but I wouldn't mind having a go at something of slightly more modest proportions suited to my homely mid-terrace garden here in sunny South Pembs.


Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:05

I grew Marketmore from fresh Wilko seeds: initially in small pots in unheated greenhouse, then transferred into bucket-sized pots and moved into sunniest, most sheltered patio area. They grew steadily and continued fruiting (and climbing a nearby holly tree) until early November! I didn't object to the seeds or the slightly tough skin - I normally strip peel and dice into a mixed salad on a daily basis. I'll be growing them similarly again this year - but like others I would welcome suggestions for alternatives to grow outdoors?


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 19:56

Maybe I have slightly perculiar taste buds, but I grew American Landcress two years ago (from packet seed). It was rather slow to start but once it got going the rapidly formed leaves in mid-summer were far less bitter than the first few. So I presevered and kept some seed which has now overwintered as a trough sowing in an unheated greenhouse. The plantlets look healthy and now need spacing out into my new salad raised beds, once the soil warms up/ dries out a bit!

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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 19:37

Hi Alan, Sorry to here that your neck problem's more serious than previously indicated - let's hope that you get the news you so desire fairly soon. If you'd appreciate some extra manual support re: tree planting, I'm not more than a 15 minute drive from Tenby - and generally considered fairly trustworthy with fork and spadework (when properly supervised) me if you like the offer??

Am I a sillee billee?

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 20:47

With me the "sillyness" is concentrated with regard to bulbs!: especially toward the 'end of season' special offers that are just pleading with you to "Buy me & bob me in somewhere that isn't already stuffed with bulbs bought last late winter..." Will I never learn??

Freckles Clematis

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 20:05

 Hi, Crackedpot, here's a foretaste of what is to come on your newly-acquired plant!

Enjoy it (and all the visiting insects it's likely to attract. "Freckles" is now in its fourth year of seasonal flowering - so welcome during the winter months.


Posted: 14/01/2014 at 19:33

A hint of "what is yet to come" for South Pembs this mornig with cat-ice on the various pots and pans of water left out for the birds. We had quite a number of heavy (squally) hail showers too yesterday. After a clear start that lasted up 'til 1pm, we reverted to steady rain and rapidly falling barograph throughout the afternoon and looks set for the evening! How's it go? "Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose?"

Bug Hotel

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 20:13

 The photo shows a somewhat grandiose "Insecthotel" I spotted whilst on holiday in Austria last autumn. [Priced at 147 Euros, it was a tad outside my price range....].

However, it may serve as a model for those of us who prefer to make our own 'kit' - rather than pay outrageous prices, or excess baggage charges to Mr Ryan etc..!!

Bird feeders

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 21:03

In anticipation of the actual 'birdcount' weeked, I generally step up the number of feeders, trays etc in the garden. Having had a few days away in Midlands I needed to refill everything depleted during my absence: 10 peanut feeders, 4 seed feeders, 3 fatball hoppers and 3 fatblock hangers all take quite a lot of maintenance. Still the 'birdy' benefits far outweigh the costs - that's what I tell OH....

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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