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Companions in the wildlife garden

Posted: 01/02/2012 at 18:23

Your Snowdrops are just lovely happymarion and your fox. We have quite a lot of foxes here in Bournemouth, we often hear them outside at night in the road and I always have to get up to look out of the window, they are lovely to see. I'm waiting for some Snowdrops to arrive in the post and these will be the first I've ever had so looking forward to seeing them in flower next year.

Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 01/02/2012 at 18:06

Hi Sallyann Ive got mine stored in my shed in a seed tray and they seem just fine. I will be planting mine when the weather is warmer. They say that they should be lifted at the end of the season, as I did, but my late father-in-law left his in the ground and they flowered their socks off every year, he was a very good gardener, so I'm going to do the same this year. Mind you I am in Bournemouth so it is milder here than other places. They are lovely though and make lovely cut flowers. Good Luck

Moving a conifer that has got too big

Posted: 30/01/2012 at 18:17

I had some conifers in my back garden that got very large and overwhelming. They got to about 6ft tall and I would never have been able to lift them and move them to another place. My husband cut them down, although it was sad to see them go it made such a difference in the garden, making it so much lighter. We did make use of them, we used them in the woodburner so they didnt go to waste. I don't think you will be able to move them, you may have to invest in a chainsaw or get someone to take them down, Sorry.

Keeping Cats off My Veg Patch

Posted: 29/01/2012 at 17:51

Thank you everyone for your ideas to keep cats of the veg patch. I will try some of these and see which one is best. Something has got to work, if  not its back to the old pooper scooper.  

Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted: 29/01/2012 at 17:43

Just spent a lovely hour this afternoon doing the the Big Garden Bird Watch. It is always a joy to do. Didn't see any unsual birds but it was still lovely to watch them trying to beat each other to fat balls and the peanuts. Brilliant!!  


Posted: 26/01/2012 at 17:32

I tried this, as I saw Monty doing it on Gardeners World, it hasn't made any difference at all so I don't know what his secret is, please tell us Monty.

Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 17:28

Hi Emma, I'm taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, I have done it for the last few years and really love it. Through sitting for an hour and watching the birds I've seen birds that I didn't realise came into my garden like a Dunnock and a Greenfinch. Watching the birds gives me so much pleasure, and I've got a Robin that comes in, and we are getting to know each other quite well.

Remove Crocosmia

Posted: 25/01/2012 at 17:36

Manxlad, my Crocosmia were in a bed on their own, so I had no problem with other plants which made the job a little easier.


Posted: 25/01/2012 at 17:30

Hi Russel Sprout, I have had the same problem with Celeriac. I have been watering them well like you should do but they are really small, by the time you have trimmed the outer off there isn't anything left to eat. They are such a lovely versatile veg, great for boiling, steaming, roasting and so tasty. I am going to grow them again so hopefully this year they will be bigger and better. I am glad someone else has had the same problem, I thought it might be me doing something wrong.

Bees Are Already Buzzing!!

Posted: 23/01/2012 at 18:31

I saw my first Bee today buzzing around my Hydrangea. I don't think I have ever seen a bee in January, it has got to be the very mild winter we are having. I want to encourage more bees and wild life into the garden this year so seeing this little bee is very encouraging. 

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