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lawn help!

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 11:35

That link doesn't work 

Mice or possibly Mouse

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 11:34

Then that's a house mouse - certain 

One down, probably several to go - I do love a good Jack Russell 

Help identify plant please

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:16

I think it's a fantastic plant - they can grow into quite impressive plants and are useful in wilder areas of the garden, as well as a 'statement' plant in the border. 

Soil Improvement for 2015

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:15

Hi Sue 

The soil here was very free-draining sandy loam when we moved here three years ago next week .  The veg patch was started the following spring and I've just dug in as much farmyard manure and home-made garden compost and leafmould as I can get my hands on and make.  The soil has improved beyond measure in that time and although it is still very free-draining it's becoming dark and crumbly and crops are improving year on year (although we still have to dig out roots from the boundary ash trees every spring). 

I also give each patch a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone when sowing or planting out, and scatter some chicken manure pellets a couple of times through the growing season. 

Good luck and keep us informed with progress 

Help identify plant please

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:06

Hi Grey Squirrel 

It's Phytolacca americana - Pokeweed - as with many garden plants it can be toxic, although if properly treated it can be used medicinally. 

Brown rot on victoria plum tree

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:03

If there are fruits that are partially damaged, you can salvage the undamaged portions and use them for plum chutney or even a delicious Chinese style plum sauce http://eatingrichly.com/09/traditional-chinese-plum-sauce-from-scratch/ - I've done this and it was fine.

Good luck 

Cutting back of Elm Hedge

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 08:43

How lovely to have a healthy elm hedge.  I'm from East Anglia where we lost all our mature elms to Dutch Elm disease - younger elm growth seems not to get infected, so it is important that elm hedges are managed properly to keep the growth young and disease free.

This http://www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org/assets/Publications/Biodiversity/Elm-hedgerows.pdf has lots of information which should be useful.

Good luck - it would be interesting to hear how it goes.

Mice or possibly Mouse

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 08:34

Harvest mice are very scarce - I've never seen one in the wild.  

Wood/field mice are quite different to house mice when you look properly - what colour is the corpse's chest and belly fur?

Mice or possibly Mouse

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 08:16

Field mice are white-ish underneath and that does look a bit robust for a field mouse.

I'd go for house mouse - have a look on here

 http://www.northpennines.org.uk/Lists/DocumentLibrary/Attachments/183/Small_Mammal_ID_guide.pdf 

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