Dovefromabove


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Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 10:04

Rats like potatoes (my brother is a potato farmer so I should know )  particularly in the winter when they need carbs to keep warm.  Potato peelings at this time of year shouldn't attract them particularly when there's lots of other stuff around and the weather is warmer - I just don't put potato peelings on the compost heap in the winter if I've noticed rats about - but it's not worth getting stressed about. 


If you discover that rats are nesting in the compost then it's probably too dry and not being turned enough.  Keep it slightly damp, turn the compost regularly and as Lyn says, give the sides of the bin a good bashing with a spade or stick from time to time - it gives them a headache

Last edited: 20 February 2017 10:05:18

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 09:58

Don't think you/we failed Frank - the world is hugely better in many ways than it used to be. It's just that we're so impatient - just because we've changed some things we want to do it all ... but we have to leave stuff for the future generations to do - they will all need purpose in their lives.


Glad you had a fantastic birthday

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 09:51

Don'tya just love Stevie Wonder?  We love his new record - so good, so now - just want to get up and shake my tail feathers every time I hear it - the man's a genius - and he's still here thank goodness - let's appreciate him while we've got him


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNMMN46uFCc

Last edited: 20 February 2017 09:54:20

Shed damp/condensation

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 09:44

I'd have considered a certain amount of condensation in these weather conditions par for the course in a standard garden shed. 


It's probably not rain getting in, but rather damp air condensing on cold surfaces e.g. window panes. 


What is the intended purpose of the shed?  Will a modicum of condensation from time to time be a problem?

Last edited: 20 February 2017 09:46:41

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 09:01

Hosts 


Joyce ((hugs)) 

Cotoneaster dammeri, horizontal

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:54

I have a pretty pinky creamy variegated ajuga - if you'd like a bit I'll find a snippet with roots on if you PM me your address GD 


Here it grows on a bank and has 50/50 sun and shade in the summer. 

Last edited: 20 February 2017 08:55:53

Help with identification

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:49

Used to self- seed freely in pathways and cracks in wall mortar in a previous garden. Bees liked it. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:44

Hope the birthday celebration goes well Liri.  She may not 'remember' them, but they may trigger good feelings which will colour the next little while and make her days 'sunny'. That's how I found Ma reacted to things like that 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:37

I've a feeling I'm becoming a bit of a fair-weather gardener too Hosta 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:36

Not really a heat wave here either Pdoc, but definitely spring 


We used to keep Southdown sheep Pat, little docile teddy bears often traditionally used to graze orchards. It used to be said they if you painted a fence-line on the grass they would stay within it. I suspect that your Australian sheep are rather more feisty characters 

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