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Hedgehog Free

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 17:38

Sometimes Hedgehog rescue organisations need to rehome hogs - google for your nearest one and offer your garden - they'll come and check your garden out to see if it's suitable 

Is my pond water poisoned?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 17:25

I once had a large deep pond one end of which was overhung by a large old yew tree - despite our best efforts no oxygenating or marginal plants would grow there - the only things that fringed it's banks were nettles and willowherb.  

We had other ponds  on the smallholding all of which were the homes of lots of wildlife including Gt Crested Newts and frogs, with frequent marauding visits by grass snakes.  However, the only wildlife I ever saw around this pond was a pigmy shrew catching a beetle on the bank.  Even the ducks and geese weren't interested in it.  

In every respect it appeared to be a perfectly normal pond, but the water was black and sludgy, anaerobic and dead.  The only thing I could attribute it to was the many years of yew leaves which must have poisoned the water somehow. 

New Plum and Pear trees

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:56

If they're new trees they shouldn't need pruning this year. 

disappointing aquilegias

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:55

Can you post a picture for us so we can see what you mean?  

To post a picture on here you click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions.  I'm told it doesn't work for phones or tablets. 

Hedgehog Free

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:53

If you have rats then I wouldn't put food out until you know that you have hedgehogs that visit - ours seem to have quite a routine - we can almost set out clocks by them - and we can put food out just half an hour before they turn up.

We mix proprietary hedgehog biscuits from the GC with chopped peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried mealworms and broken up banana chips.  Some people use meat-flavoured GoCat or meat variety tinned cat food.  

Hedgehog Free

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:44

Hedgehogs don't actually eat a lot of slugs and they're not terribly good for them as they can harbour lungworms, but they do eat lots of weevils and beetles and wireworms amongst other things.  Hedgehogs actually cover quite a large area in their nocturnal wanderings, but if there are hedgehogs in your area and they can get into your garden, and your garden has a shallow bowl of fresh water and some hedgehog food put out every evening they'll find it 

If you want them to stay longer you can make sure there are areas of thick undergrowth and leaf litter for them to sleep in during the day and log piles or hedgehog houses for them to hibernate in.  

Oh, and don't be in a rush to tidy up the garden in the autumn after the leaves have fallen - if we rake up all the leaves what are the hedgehogs going to build their nests with? 


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:27

Our chiminea is a cast iron one and OH has just said that even when he's just burning paper it really pumps out the heat 


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:23

KEF - you have email 


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:19

We've got a chiminea but so far we've not used it to keep warm - OH uses it for burning old confidential paperwork - next time we get a pleasant evening we'll light it properly and put some firewood on it and try it out for you.

However we have friends who have lots of space and they have a big cast iron firebowl, and that is fantastic to sit around in the evening with a glass of something or three 


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:09

Clari - if I was going to keep chickens in the garden I'd keep some Light Sussex bantams - pretty birds, lovely calm temperaments, good layers and eggs nearly as large as large breed hens.  You can keep more of them in a small space 'cos they're bantams - aren't they gorgeous?

there are other colours of Sussex bantams too, if you want a mixed bunch - speckled and buff and Coronation and Columbian etc etc


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