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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 06:08

Hedgehogs - that's why we need to encourage hedgehogs - they just hoover the small slugs up.  But I know if you've not got hedgehogs around that's a long term project - of course frogs and toads also eat those little slugs that come out at night and glisten in the torchlight - and robins and blackbirds poke around my veg patch at dawn - I presume that's what they're having for breakfast too.  

However, if you've got more than will feed your wildlife population at the moment, then yes Nemaslug in the spring - just as the soil warms up and they're getting active again - you'll get far more of them if you do it then.


Posted: 22/10/2013 at 06:01

Good morning all - Stacey!!! I thought I was the early riser around here - seems you're ready to take on the baton 

Acorns - what to do with acorns?  .................... Pigs, you need a pig!!! 

?? Pond on My Allotment

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 22:04

Check your allotment rules and regs.  some allow a pond, some don't 

Found my Prince Charming??....

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 21:59

Yes Punkdoc, we had grass snakes who would do that - they also ate lots of Gt Crested Newts that were in one of the cattle-ponds - they obviously didn't appreciate  that Gt Crested Newts are very rare and one can be fined £5,000 for each offence of interfering with them!

Found my Prince Charming??....

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 21:47

Busy-Lizzie, I think grass snakes and vipers tend to prefer different habitats - vipers/adders liking dry heath type habitat, whereas grass snakes like lush meadows, ponds, gardens etc. 


Posted: 21/10/2013 at 21:44

So would I FB.  

A sad postscript to the story is that the bag containing the nappies was a lovely bag designed for nappies and changing things etc (didn't have such things in my day) which had been one of the presents given to the young mum by her mother .... who died a few weeks after her little granddaughter was born.

Found my Prince Charming??....

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 21:38

How lovely Happygirl

I'd love to find a toad in this garden.  We have frogs, and neighbours have grass snakes.  One day maybe ....

That reminds me that one year we were camping, think it was in Yorkshire, and when we began to pack the tent away, I moved the airbed and there, between the airbed and the groundsheet, were two toads.  How many nights that week had I gone to bed with two toads?


Posted: 21/10/2013 at 21:34

Had a phone call from daughter earlier - her friend was mugged earlier today in the street, while she had her baby strapped to her chest.

The mugger got away with a bag full of dirty terry nappies!!! 


Posted: 21/10/2013 at 21:01

Floods!?  After the dry summer we've just had?  What's wrong with the ditches and drains nowadays?  

Sorry, that was rhetorical - we know what's wrong with them - many ditches aren't maintained properly or have been filled in, and the drains are inadequate. 

Sweetcorn not Ripening

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 20:57

That's great news Max - look forward to news of your crops next year 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Crown Prince squash???

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ID please

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Which beer is best? 
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Does anyone recognise this? 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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