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green house heater

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 15:54

Wills, they're all hardy - they'll be fine. 

A heater will only cause condensation which will provide the perfect breeding ground for moulds and botrytis etc and they will kill your plants! 

Dilemma........wot to choose?

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 15:48

I think there may well be some radical changes around here in 2015.  We came here three years ago and got the bare bones in place - but now we're getting to know this patch and how the sun and shade affect it, not to mention the effects of the large trees on the boundary. 

Some plantings will be altered - I think some more shade-loving foliage plants are called for, some beds need to be enlarged (to make room for plants waiting for a home), more structural plants are needed too, and maybe even another bed or two created. 

Feeding birds Yes or No

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 15:41

I agree with you Gemma - I worded my post badly

However, as you say, " the wrong hands one could easily make a mistake .... the consequences could be quite dire!"

A relative of mine blinded a fourteen year old friend who ran across his line of fire when he was using an air gun.

Feeding birds Yes or No

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 14:15

Aha - got you -  yes it depends such a lot on whether the council offices and officers are plagued by vermin, or whether it's just a problem that affects the council tax payers

Feeding birds Yes or No

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 13:50

Cangran   the firearms law is nothing to do with the council - it's English law and is enforcable by the police. 


As I said, an air rifle in the right hands can be a very good solution to a rat problem, but it's a good thing to point out the legalities of the situation.

Feeding birds Yes or No

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 12:29

Germma, I know you're aware of the regulations etc, but in case someone else comes across this thread in the future I'll just post a word of warning - if you have a large garden and no near neighbours an air rifle in capable hands can be a good solution to a vermin problem

However - if your garden isn't larger than the range of your air rifle, you'll be breaking the law - you are also breaking the law if you fire it within 50ft of a public highway - this  includes public footpaths and bridleways.


Posted: 28/12/2014 at 10:51

Good luck BL

It seems quite mild here - I've turned the heating off  and OH hasn't noticed - yet

I've got some Christmas present amaryllis to pot up  

Feeding birds Yes or No

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 09:30

My daughter had a similar problem.  She bought some Shepherd's Crook type metal poles to hang the bird feeders from, and makes sure she uses the 'non mess' type feed so there's little scattered on the ground to attract the rats.  She says the problem's over

Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 09:13

I think he may have skimped on preparing the bed too


Posted: 28/12/2014 at 09:11

Good morning all   A nice morning here - blue skies and pink and white fluffies!.

My head is still stuffed with cotton wool so that turning over in bed gives me dreams of being on a small boat in a stormy sea.  Apart from that and a bit of an 'acking corff' no real problems.  I shall have a shower in a few mins (when I've finished my second coffee) and then we shall have scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.  I ordered a side from a friend who works at the Belhaven Smokery in Dunbar - it really is the best smoked salmon in the world

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