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Nasty stagnant pond

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 15:06

Alan - check this thread   I put a link on there to a hedgehog site - somewhere on there are some pics/videos of ways you can put food out for hedgehogs that cats and foxes etc can't get to. 

Fostonlass, good luck with the pond - can you show us a pic when it's up and running again?  I'm trying to find a way of incorporating a wildlife pond into this garden and I'd be really interested to see yours 

Egg Shells

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 14:58

Ma used to dry the eggshells off in the bottom oven of the Rayburn until they were dry and almost 'cooked'.  The membrane was dry and brittle and would not have been attractive to slugs.  Then the shells were crushed up much finer than in the pics on the link - almost like grit  - Ma said it worked and so did Granny. 


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 14:04

Think we owe Daniel a pint or two 


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 13:57

Think you and Daniel have got it sussed Pinkie 

runner beans

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 13:55

I'll be growing Wisley Magic for the third year running - a wonderful bean tasting just like runner beans used to taste, but without the stringiness of some of the older varieties.  It's cropped well in the last two summers, one of which was very wet and one very dry (although I do water well), and it freezes well.

Here is a thread we had last summer/autumn when we reported on which varieties of veg etc did well for us. 

It may be of some help. 


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 13:50

I've just been out into the garden and pulled the first of our rhubarb for a crumble - it's beautiful - I've posted a pic on the Rhubarb x 3 thread 

Can You Identify This Plant?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 13:49

You can see the new growth on your photograph - it's a slightly lighter green .

Can You Identify This Plant?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 13:46

Yes, vinca major -

 I've got a clump blooming beautifully in my garden at the moment.  It spreads by runners but each autumn/winter I cut back the old foliage and remove unwanted runners and pull out any unwanted new plants.  The new growth in the very early spring is what carries the lovely blue flowers. 

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 13:11

 Timperley Early - freshly pulled from my garden five minutes ago 

Nasty stagnant pond

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 12:46

Garden equipment is one thing but I really wouldn't use it for ponds.  

The Jeyes' Safety Data Sheet says,


The product contains a substance which is very toxic to aquatic organisms." 

We'll have to agree to differ on this one Alan 

By the way, how are you doing?  Have you decided what to do with that olive tree?

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