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Posted: 22/02/2014 at 16:18

Well, what happened was that we were digging the ivy roots out of the shady bank in our new garden, and Hefty was more or less tipped out of his nest - OH thought he'd trodden on him but he hadn't - I rushed and got the box and put some old tee shirts etc in to provide some sort of insulation, then picked Hefty up and popped him in and then putt the moss/grass/leaves in on top of him, then tipped it onto it's side and put it in a quiet corner with the opening facing into the fence but about 6" away from it - and we fixed a sheet of rigid plastic over the top like a lean-to as we weren't sure if we'd chosen a good spot or not, not being hedgehogs ourselves.  I wanted to make sure that snow and rain didn't get in.

OH was very sceptical about Hefty's chance of survival as he was sure he'd hurt him, but some months later in late spring, the box was empty and we started to see Hefty in the garden in the late evenings - OH was so relieved - we buy hedgehog food from the GC and put it in sheltered spots and he and other hedgehogs seem to enjoy it - and they also drink from the shallow dish of clean rainwater that I put out every evening. 

Now I know our hedgehogs' tastes better I mix the hedgehog food with chopped peanuts, sultanas, sunflower seeds, dried mealworms and chopped up banana chips ,

Here is a picture of the Hedgehog Gate we made into the next garden ....


Plant ID please

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 16:07

Possibly Cerastium  - Snow in Summer - pretty white flowers in the summer, spreads forming a carpet but easily controlled. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 16:00

Just select/highlight David's link and click on it - it'll activate 

Fidget - count me in for Barnsdale - not far from MILs - might bring her along 

Plants for new border

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:57

The border will get much more sun in the summer when the sun is higher in the sky. 

Olive Tree care indoors....losing it leaves- what am I doing wrong?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:54

I think pot feet are important 

Rotavator to tame paddock? Will it work?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:52

BusyBee, it'd take you about three and a half hours to get to East Ruston - we travel to near Grantham quite regularly to see the inlaws - quite a nice drive.  We can also recommend the scones and cakes at East Ruston. 

Rotavator to tame paddock? Will it work?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:48

Grew up on dairy and pig farms Fairygirl - got FYM in my marrow 


Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:20

That hellebore reminds me of this




Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:12

I think I deserve a slice of cake too - is there any left?  We'll have to be quick 'cos Verdun, Punkdoc and Woody can usually smell cake ........

Olive Tree care indoors....losing it leaves- what am I doing wrong?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:11

Olives, like most Mediterranean plants, can withstand some very low temperatures as long as their toes are not wet at the same time - it's cold coupled with wet that does the damage, not cold on it's own.

I would have thought that olives would have coped with this winter's temperatures as long as they were in a really free-draining compost and the pot was up on feet so that the drainage holes run free.  

I think that your olive may be complaining because it's been too warm and dry - hopefully it will be happier in the porch. 

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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