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Honey fungus

Posted: 18/02/2012 at 17:48

It could be, but not all fungi on trees are honey fungus, there are some that grow as a natural part of breaking down of dead wood. Dig a little way down in the soil where the tree is, and if you find some long black boot-lace type strands, this is an indication of honey fungus, but, as I have just found out there are a few different types, some more dreaded than others. I have just moved and, though not 100% sure yet, think there may be some in my garden, but even though there are no chemical controls, its not all doom and gloom, there are ways of dealing with it and plenty of resistant plants, so chin up.  Anyway if you google it theres plenty of info (too much sometimes..confusing) on there that will help.

Gardner's World TV

Posted: 18/02/2012 at 17:22

I quite agree with you, November to March is far to long to be with out any TV gardening. Why they dont show a few repeats to get us 'warmed' up I dont know, considering the rubbish that is repeated on TV, repeats of gardeners world would be a step up...even put it on one of the many +1 channels or digital/sky channels would be better than none. They did run some of the old ones through summer/autumn, but took them off in oct, which is daft, be better if they showed them through winter to cheer us up. 

Talkback: Robins

Posted: 18/02/2012 at 17:11

I love Robins, they become very friendly, and quite tame. I know they are territorial, and are quite aggressive to each other, but in winter it seems they put all that behind them when they are hungry, because I had 7 on the lawn the other day, and as long as they didn't get too close to each other they completely ignored each other, there was the odd scrap, but they where far to interested in filling their belly for it to be serious. Not doubt this acceptance of each other will disappear when breeding time approaches! It is snowing today where I live, (N.E.Scotland) so the garden has been full of hungry birds all day, and all types, even had the greater spotted woodpecker and lots of long tailed tits, that only seem to appear when its really cold.

Talkback: Mice in the garden

Posted: 18/02/2012 at 16:50

I live on an arable farm (though we are not the  farmers), and there are plenty of the little critters about, both field and house mice, the outdoor type I can live with and dont bother me, but as soon as the cross the threshhold of my home I'm afraid its curtains for them!  I think where ever there are humans there are mice, rats too if you are unlucky, we leave a trail of easy accessible food for them, no matter how tidy we are. Is it true they don't like mint and lavender, if it is maybe growing these in areas out doors where we dont want them may deter them, what do you think! My bug bear is RABBITS, new garden to develop and never had to contend with them before, any tips on resistant plants or deterants will be appreciated. Got moles too, it seems I'm doomed,

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