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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Baby hedgehog

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 09:27


We have various Hefty Houses, bought and home-made, in the garden and also piles of prunings and the cuttings-back from perennials earlier in the year etc.  We also pile up the runner bean haulms in a dry corner against the fence to provide plenty of choice of hibernation spots - after all, they know better than we do about what's most suitable. 

Baby hedgehog

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 07:22

Great Make sure that you're not too tidy in the garden - as the autumn progresses leave piles of dry leaves and stacks of twiggy bits etc in quiet sheltered dryish corners where they can build their hibernaculum.

Baby hedgehog

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 07:11

That's great - regular feeding will give them both a chance of surviving the winter

tomato blight in greenhouse

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 07:03

Margaret - I donate mine to the council - rather it went in their hot composting where hopefully the spores are destroyed, than in my ordinary compost bins where they'll remain. 


Posted: 07/10/2014 at 07:00

Morning chicky  

The last place I want my mobile phone is in my bedroom.  It stays downstairs unless a vulnerable member of my family is ill or flying halfway round the world.

Tilted garden taken over by weeds

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 06:57

I'm afraid I'll have to disagree about the polythene.  I don't see the point of stopping the weedseeds germinating until you are ready to plant and/or sow in your veg patch - only for them to all spring into life when you've sown/planted. 

If you have a good sharp Dutch hoe and spend 5 or 10 minutes with it whenever you see those tiny cress-like weed seedlings appear during mild spells in the winter, by the time you're ready to get sowing/planting, a large proportion of the weedseeds will already have germinated and been dealt with.

Then, sow your seeds in rows and mark them, and continue to hoe between the rows - that will get most of the weed seedlings.  All you have to do then is remove any that have sprung up in the rows when you thin out your veg seedlings.

Keep your hoe handy

Leaky water butt

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 06:47

If a washer doesn't do the trick, I wonder if this would


Posted: 07/10/2014 at 06:45

Wot!  Everyone early to bed last night???


Well, good morning all   Slightly warmer overnight - only down to 6.1C - now up to 8ish and damp out there.  The heating has come on as we had it on last evening, and I'm too comfy to get up and turn it off. I'll turn it down when I get my coffee refill


Posted: 06/10/2014 at 21:41

BL - a TWIGS outing in July to meet up with you at BC's and/or Bressingham?  Sounds fantastic. All of July is free at the moment!  Can you build East Ruston in Norfolk into your trip as well?  I think you'd enjoy it.

We've had a lovely day out - now we're on the sofa watching some very old Star Trek.

Catch up with you all tomorrow - sweet dreams everyone

How do I re-subscribe to a thread?

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 11:40

Go into your Settings page - and then into Forum Settings.  That will give you the option to be notified of replies.

Also, if you scroll down to the bottom of a thread you'll see a little tickbox on the bottom lefthand corner which you can check to receive notifications.

However, there have been some technical blips on the site and I think some people don't get notifications even when they've asked for them.  The tech team are working on the blips, and there are future plans to re-vamp the site.

I don't bother with notifications - I get more than enough emails anyway.  I just check the forum every so often.

Hope that helps

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