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Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:43

Tootles, your poor rats will get  a headache

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Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:14

Highly unlikely to be a Common adder (vipera berus) in a river  - but in France it could  have been an Asp viper http://www.planetepassion.eu/snakes-in-france/Asp-Viper-France.html , it could be confused with an adder and they do frequent river valleys etc.   They're more venomous than the Common adder, which would explain why your son was so poorly BL.  Thank goodness he got the right treatment and recovered.

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 10:39

I'm sure there will be pics Sylvia

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 10:24

Best of luck Donna - you have your priorities set right  

And little gardens of their own for the girls will get them interested, and they they'll want to help when they get bigger.  My daughter still talks about the patch she had when she was 4 years old - she grew nasturtiums one summer and the caterpillars came along and ate them all - she cheered up when I explained that what she had was a Butterfly Farm!!!  She's 38 now and has her own lovely garden, and still grows nasturtiums - amongst everything else.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:33

Taking care - I promise

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:31

I was so excited when I spotted a grass snake in our pond - I lay on my tummy just a few feet away from it and watched it as it ate a frog, then while it rested in the water in the sunshine.  Absolutely wonderful.   

Unless you garden on dry heathland you're unlikely to see an adder in your garden, so any snake-like creature you see in your garden will be either a grass snake or a slow worm (which is a type of lizard not a snake).  Both are absolutely wonderful creatures and totally harmless so don't be scared of them.

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:21

Tootles - the more you see them, the more you find out about them and the more they're part of your life, the less scary you'll find them.  You just have to get on with it.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:56

Good morning all   I am home and have taken my splint off as an experiment - fingers crossed that it can stay off

I've had a lovely couple of days dashing around East Anglia with my son.  Now the washing is in the machine and there are loads more tomatoes to pick, roast and freeze

Verdun, hope all goes well today.

 

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 09:56

Try to keep the lid tight down, put a brick on it, to keep the flies out. Makesure you only put uncooked vegetable matter in there and empty it often. Ours gets emptied every day. I know that might not be possible for you but in warm weather it does need to be done frequently,  and then washing it out afterwards. That way the only flies you should get in there will be fruit flies. Their larvae are hardly noticeable. 

The problem should disappear as the temperatures drop. 

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