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Posted: 30/05/2015 at 19:43

Wintersong - you're a very lucky gardener! 

How to remove Rye grass from my turf

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 19:41

The majority of seed-mixtures for general purpose lawns contain a fair proportion of ryegrass.  It shouldn't be a problem.


Magpies attacking blackbird and nest

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 19:32


Voyagerxp wrote (see)

.... but magpies could easly live on bugs,snails and stuff like that.

Afraid they couldn't.  Saying that is like saying cats should live on carrots and lettuce rather than meat and fish.  

Magpies are omnivores, they need a very varied diet in order to be healthy, and adults eat a wide range of things including seeds and insects, carrion,  rodents,  nuts, eggs and berries - but for magpie chicks to develop into healthy adults they have to be fed almost entirely on meat.  If they don't have it they will die.

I know how you feel - I used to have a smallholding and we had lots of ducks - every spring the magpies would swoop down on the ducklings as mother duck proudly led them back and forth from nest to pond.

However, neither ducks, blackbirds nor collared doves are extinct - it's only humans that wipe out entire species. 

Watering hanging baskets

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 18:52

Sadly rain, even heavy rain, doesn't water hanging baskets properly as the leaves shed it.  The council get laughed at for sending people out to water the baskets in the rain, but if they don't the baskets soon look poorly.

Watering hanging baskets

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 18:49
ice wrote (see)

How about as garden sprayer, the pump action ones, comes with bit of hose

Beat me to it ice

Magpies attacking blackbird and nest

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 18:42

You need a different type of nestbox for blackbirds;/blackbird_open_nest_box#.VWn2X0Y_k0Y

Magpies attacking blackbird and nest

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 18:38

Magpies raided the collared doves' nest here a couple of weeks ago.  They're nesting again now.  It's what happens

We've just had a beautiful jay at our bird feeder - but  he can't take a load of suet pellets and nuts back to his youngsters - he'll need nestlings and eggs to feed them.

We're fascinated watching the peregrine falcons nesting on the cathedral spire - but every time they bring a pigeon back to feed their youngsters, there's a nest of baby pigeons somewhere nearby that have been orphaned

Magpies attacking blackbird and nest

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 18:13

Afraid that's nature, red in tooth and claw - the magpie has babies to feed.

Spider mite on Centaurea

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 18:09

You have spider mite outside in this weather? I would have thought the temperatures were far too low.

Lemon balm and bachelors button advice please

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 17:47

OH likes it with a spoon of honey

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

Or shall we stick with our seed swap? 
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Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 19:53

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
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Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 08:10

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
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Last Post: 28/07/2015 at 20:16

Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

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Last Post: 22/07/2015 at 12:15

ID please

Can't remember  
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Last Post: 17/07/2015 at 12:44

Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Last Post: 10/07/2015 at 06:56

Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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Last Post: 05/07/2015 at 10:10

The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
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Last Post: 07/07/2015 at 09:35

Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 19:10


Congratulations to you both ... 
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Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:20

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:09
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