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Community Woodland

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 06:52

As Joe suggests, a buffer zone of native shrubs and rough grass would be fantastic and would provide homes for voles etc and thereby make hunting areas for owls.  There's no point in planting dense woodland right up to an area of housing - you have to have intermediate areas too, to make it a varied and viable habitat - they need to do their homework - if you do the homework you'll be better able to make your case - good luck


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 06:46

Good morning all   Forum may have been quiet Yvie, but I got a lot of knitting done and answered several questions on University Challenge and Only Connect   Then spent the night coughing  

Son is coming for supper this evening so I'll make a cottage pie and a plum tarte tatin this morning - both will be fine to heat through later so by the time I'm feeling kn*ckered I can sit on the sofa.

Yvie, what's on tv at 4am?  If I'd known there was anything good on I'd have watched it with you rather than staying upstairs coughing and listening to World Service. 

First house, first garden, new gardener!! help/advice needed!

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:47

Charlotte, believe it or not there's quite a bit of wildlife (not that sort - well actually there's a bit of that sort as well ) in the Golden Triangle - we lived near to the The Garden House pub and we had frogs and hedgehogs in the garden - so if you renew your garden fencing make sure you leave a little hedgehog gate at the bottom so that hoggies can wander through the gardens at night, eating up your slugs and snails

First house, first garden, new gardener!! help/advice needed!

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 15:04

Hi Charlotte   I'm nearly your neighbour!  We live just outside Norwich now but used to live in the Golden Triangle - your place looks as if you may be in that area?

I agree with Yviestevie - the tree has outgrown that space and needs to go.  You'll have to get an arboriculturist in to fell it to make sure it doesn't drop onto your house or your neighbour's fence or similar - when we moved here we had one come to fell some trees in this garden - it wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be.  Make sure you get one with recommendations and public liability insurance

It looks as if some damp may be getting into the shed roof - that shouldn't be too difficult to repair yourselves if one of you is fairly agile and can work from a step ladder and the other one can supervise and hand up tools etc


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 13:06

Back from Waitrose and Boots - when I walked into Waitrose there was a cacophony of coughing - that's undoubtedly where I got the lurgy from - well, I've done my best to give it back to them. The pharmacist in Boots said to be prepared for it to 'go to my chest' because that's what everyone else has found happens.  Waitrose are doing a roaring trade in pots of snakeshead fritillaries - they're flowering very early - must've been forced - they grow wild on a farm near where I grew up and they always bloomed in April - I expect next February there'll be people enquiring on here why their fritillaries aren't flowering.

Now I have a large glass of hot blackcurrant and rum, as prescribed yesterday by a foodie friend - it's the best tasting medicine I've ever come across 

OH has hung the sheets etc out and is making lunch of Tiger rolls with Cheshire cheese and tomatoes - his idea - I don't normally have bread at lunchtime as I find it makes me drowsy, but what the heck - what else have I got to do today?

Yep, I've got notifications again too!

Problems with GW website

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 12:50

I've suddenly got email notifications for PMs received today!   Looks like the tech team are working their way through the list of blips slowly but surely

Runner beans

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:30

I don't soak mine - although I probably would if I'd kept them more than one season


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:26

Glad you're getting the Under Gardener trained up Hostafan - you can be on coffee making duty

Fingers crossed they find a way to sort your knee out.  I wish I'd lobbied harder to get something done about mine - I was a student and sort of between doctors at the time, and then they discovered I'd another health issue and my knee got forgotten as the pain had subsided - but sometimes even now, nearly 20 years on, when I turn suddenly my knee just gives way beneath me and I find myself on the floor! They say they can't see anything wrong with it, but my guess is that if I was an expensive footballer they'd find a way of sorting it - but I'm not, and that's probably a blessing

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 08:33

If you read my post Gillian you'll see that cats don't confine their attentions to bare soil but foul my lawn as well.  They also defecate between my cabbages in my raised bed.  The excrement of carnivores is not only unpleasant, it is likely to carry pathogens.

If I follow your suggestion of making an outside loo in my garden for my neighbours' cats, what do you suggest I do with it when it is so full of excrement that the cats won't use it any more?

Whilst I would be quite happy to maintain and refresh an outside loo for my cats if I had them, I don't see why I should create,  clear up and replace an outside loo for other people's pets.  Perhaps their owners would come into my garden and do that?  Or should I bag it up and deposit it on their doorstep for them to dispose of?  I don't think that would encourage good neighbourliness. 

Far better for the cats and the rest of us if the cats stay indoors, at least overnight, which will at least cut down on the nuisance to other people.  If people choose to have a non-domesticated pet it should be their responsibility to ensure that it doesn't cause a problem for other people.  That is what happens in every other walk of life - people take responsibility for their choices and actions.


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 07:53

Good morning all Snuffle Snuffle Cough!!!   I hope you're feeling better BL ((hugs))  how long did it take for your lurgy to degenerate into the 'flu???  I must pop down to the village this morning - son is threatening to visit tomorrow (he's had the lurgy so that's ok) and I've promised a cottage pie - but all the suitable dishes are either in the freezer or out on loan - somewhere

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