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What on earth are they up to........?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:31

We get several regulars in our garden, usually at different times of the night but sometimes there are a few here at the same time. 

Hedgehogs aren't really social creatures - they meet up for mating purposes, but they don't pair up in families.  If they meet up with another hog whilst on their night time travels they tend to regard each other with suspicion, circling around each other and snuffling a lot.  They sometimes wake us up with all their huffing and puffing.  

At this time of year there are adults and smaller independent youngsters out and about.  There may also still be new litters being born.

A shallow bowl of fresh water in the garden can be a real lifesaver for hedgehogs in dry spells like the one we've just had.  

Lots of info here 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:23

Further to my post above - I would agree about the rather odd fashion for 'baby' vegetables - carrots hardly bigger than 'thinnings' I would have discarded have no flavour at all - however they do look pretty on the plate - an example of form over substance 

Garden Pond Wildlife: Photos, Video & ID's

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:19

Looks like a dragonfly larvae to me - have a look here nd see what you think.


There's lots of threads and photos on here about wildlife ponds and their residents - put wildlife pond into the search bar at the top and see what you get.  

Also try putting grass snakes into the search bar 

So what should we be doing with our grass right now?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:54

Good morning Adam 

We've been having steady rain for the past 3 hours or so - my lawns are breathing collective sighs of relief - I hope yours are too - they'll soon be green again 


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:31

On the right you have a foxglove - on the left you have a stinging nettle.

You'd have found out when you came to transplant them 

Potato plants dying - whats happening?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:21

Make sure that when you store them they're kept in the absolute dark, otherwise they'll turn green and you mustn't eat them. 

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:14

I'll PM you 

Advice for Bind Weed

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:08

When we moved to our last house there was bindweed all over the garden and the fences, and up over the bathroom extension and up to the bedroom windows.

We treated it with glyphosate - bruising the leaves gently first then spraying - then leaving it until it was completely died down and brown - this shows that the active ingredient has travelled back into the roots and has killed them too.  We moved around this time of year and treated it immediately.

By the following spring the bindweed had gone and the garden was ready to dig over and plant.  Occasionally a small tendril would appear near the boundary, but being alert and keeping the glyphosate at hand meant we could squirt it every time it appeared - it was never a problem again. 

It is the only way to do it.  As you surmise - digging it up is just making matters worse.

Good luck 


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:03

Good morning all   We've had steady rain for a couple of hours now - the water butts are gurgling and the lawns are soaking it up 

Not sure what niece will want to do today - we could go into the city on the bus - but she's not really a shopping sort of a girl - I had thought about going blackberrying, but it's going to be too wet - she might want to just mooch around here - we've got a busy schedule tomorrow so a day 'chilling' might be in order   It'll be just the two of us as OH is back to work today. 

Lily - Enjoy every moment of today and relish the journey home - you'll never have to do it again 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 06:53

The thing that put me off broad beans when I was young was that they were big and floury - as soon as I had my own garden and could pick them before they reached that stage, I began to like them, and now they're one of my favourite vegetables.  I either pick them when the beans are about the size of my thumb nail  (I have large hands) - still tender, definitely not floury, and full of flavour and, as Nut says, I sometimes cook (stem) them still in the pod.

And as for objecting to vegetables tasting like 'pudding' - well, there's no accounting for some people's taste buds, but  to me a tasty and delicious sweet pod of peas, picked and eaten before the natural sugars have turned to starch,  tastes nothing like a Pavlova, cherry clafouti or Iles de flottante (some of my favourite puddings ). It's a different sort of sweetness 

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