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Talkback: Gardening jobs for snowy weather

Posted: 07/02/2012 at 18:13
We haven't had one flake of snow here in Bournemouth but it has been bitterly cold. All I've been doing is running outside to defrost the bird bath and keeping them fed. I have had Snowdrops arrive in the post but the ground it too hard to put them in so they are in a pot at the moment waiting for milder weather.

Companions in the wildlife garden

Posted: 04/02/2012 at 18:32

We don't have any snow here in Bournemouth (yet), its raining. I've been watching the birds today and making sure they have plenty to eat and drink and it has been really entertaining. There has been one Blackbird that is hogging the food, as you can see in the picture he sits guard over it and he has been fighting Starlings, Robins, Blue Tits, any bird that goes near he will try and keep them away. What a bully. He didn't fight a pigeon that came down to feed though, I suppose there are limits even for a Blackbird.

Companions in the wildlife garden

Posted: 04/02/2012 at 14:44

My Snowdrops have arrived and now the ground is far too frozen to get them in. They are in the green so I'm keeping them watered and they should be ok to go in as soon as freezing weather goes away. I've got just 20 to start me off and if mine end up looking like yours happymarion I will be very pleased.

Companions in the wildlife garden

Posted: 02/02/2012 at 18:28

Its been freezing cold here today and I have had to defrost the bird bath several times. With all this freezing weather I thought a picture of summer would warm us up. This was my front garden last summer.

Talkback: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2012

Posted: 02/02/2012 at 13:23
Hi Richard, I did the Big Garden Bird Watch, I spent a lovely hour on Sunday afternoon watching the birds. I've done the Bird watch for a few years now and really enjoy it. Like you I saw the normal birds like sparrows, starlings etc. But it has enabled me to see a bird a didn't realise came into my garden, a Dunnock two of them in fact, so what a bonus. And would you believe it, yesterday I saw two little Wrens, now where were they on Sunday when I needed them.

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!!  

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