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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Identify tree and pruning advice

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 09:16

I don't think un-even-ness matters on a tree like that which has a tendency to asymmetry anyway, it can even add to the effect if you increase the lop-sidedness just a little bit but if you want to lift the canopy a bit so you can plant underneath it that would be fine too. 


Posted: 25/02/2015 at 07:26

Morning Clari - the stuffed head drippy nose syndrome seems to be working it's way around the country, closely followed by the rattly chest and blocked ear syndrome - don't think there's any escape

OH swears by First Defence, and at least when he got the lurgy it only lasted a couple of days so maybe that's the way to go before letting children into the building - he uses it before getting on public transport!!!

Rats in the compost

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 07:17

I wouldn't worry about using the compost on the veg patch - spread it during a dry spell and let it dry out - leptospirosis can only survive in water - then dig it in.  However I would use gloves when loading it into the barrow and spreading it - just to be on the safe side.  Leptosiprosis is caught by infected water entering fresh wounds in the skin so it's actually quite hard to contract. It cannot infect plants. Gardeners and compost heaps have been around for ages, and rats have been around for even longer. 

And I'm not under estimating the dangers - when I was a child there was a boy in the next village who died of Weil's Disease - the children had been playing in a ditch that had an outlet from the local cesspit and of course it was home to a colony of rats - after he died the village was put on the main sewer.  This was back in the 1950s in very rural Suffolk.

We were all warned about the dangers - the dangers are in water where rats are present - standing water, ponds, ditches, drains, canals and riverbanks.  In the garden make sure you keep birdbaths clean and change the water regularly, don't allow rainwater to accumulate in buckets and containers in the garden etc, keep water butts covered etc and if you have a cut on your hands wear sturdy rubber gloves when gardening.  And if you have rats in the garden take steps to get rid of them, they're not cute


Posted: 25/02/2015 at 06:40

Good morning all

Edd didn't say much when he popped in did he?   And the rest of you are pretty quiet this morning too ...


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 20:51

Put them in the car boot until September Clari - OH and I are going down then to help Verdun to claim back his castle

Tree advice needed.

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 20:34

Hi Nick

Can you tell us more about the garden, whereabouts is it,  is it windy,  in a frost pocket etc

Rats in the compost

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 20:29

OH's family had a Patterdale x Lakeland, and their next door neighbour has had  Patterdales for years, as have all their sons. - dogs of character


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 20:12

Verdun, when we come down in September you, me and OH can move them on and then everyone can move in - it sounds as if Bekkie has enough beddfing for everybody.

daffodil bulbs

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 20:00

At least if it rains it'll be just what the daffs need.  Hope you've got a substantial mackintosh

Rats in the compost

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 19:46

Big fans of JRTs and Patterdales here

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