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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Today at 14:19

Hosta - 

Good to see you again SLady. Hope you can pop in and out regularly now that you've come back to us  

I just realsied I didn't say hello to Lesley when she posted the other day. I'd wondered where she was and was hoping it wasn't an issue with her parents.  Hope all is ok if you're looking in again Lesley - difficult time for you, especially when your Mum and Dad aren't nearby. 

Came in for a bite of lunch. Been busy trimming and tidying and planting out little things in the lovely sunshine. It's even quite peaceful - no screaming brats!   

One of those with my cuppa would be nice Dove. Apple ( I assume) and pastry. What's not to like....

Wonder how many trips Wonks has made...

Jelly like substance

Posted: Today at 14:14

I brought some home from a rock on a hill (about 1200 feet up I think) last year in my flask. The little lochan fifty feet away was clearly a bit too big a 'hop'  

Not sure I should have bothered though - maybe not the best gene pool ....

Bird feeding station

Posted: Today at 13:54

I also have a cage to keep bigger birds out. It'll get a proper roof and a frame this year - hopefully.

It's made with the old shelves from one of those plastic growhouses, and is attached to the fence. There's a bracket inside to attach the feeders, and the front opens up to allow access.  All the little birds go in and out no problem - including the ground feeders who have learned to 'perch'  quite happily 

Also - use one of the no mess mixes. Less waste and hardly any sprouting. If you have food in the open, put out only what will get eaten that day. If you can remove the food source by the time it's dark, the rats will go elsewhere - generally. 

Last edited: 25 March 2017 13:56:46


Posted: Today at 13:48

Snap Dove 


Posted: Today at 13:47

Hi Tracey - perennial ust means a plant that dies back for winter and reappears the following year. 

Crocus come back each year too - leave the foliage to die back as that feeds the bulbs for the following year. It can be good to take off the flowering stems when the flowers are finished, as they look slimy. I've been doing that this morning with some of mine 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: Today at 10:37

Apologies Cloggie- I didn't see your question  

The fence behind that clem is a new bit attached to the existing boundary fence between me and my neighbour. Her garage forms part of my boundary so I added a bit there, in front of the garage wall, for planting on, as I constructed raised beds along the entire fence. You can see where the new bit is in this pic - between the vertical fence to the left, and the rear corner of the garden at the right

I mixed up a dark green paint with a brown one to get an olivey colour. The rest of the fence was that horrible orange colour, so I wanted to tone it all down and unify it. The trellis is black, like the raised beds.  Ronseal paint I think. Tudor Oak.  

ID please

Posted: Today at 09:00

Looks like cotoneaster to me - the flowers are adored by bees, and the berries are great for birds. 

No trouble to cut back as Berghill says. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Today at 08:57
Pat E says:

I've just read what I typed. I'm feeling sated, not dated.

See original post

 That made me chuckle Pat 

Think I'm in the latter category though...

Hope your visitor doesn't outstay the welcome. Do you think she just doesn't get it?

You snuck in there LP. On a day like this - any walk is good. Take a look at that site re the mess - it's eye watering. So are some of the comments. No wonder. 

Stopping birds eating grass seed

Posted: Today at 08:50

Is it a big area? If not, you can use netting over it to keep birds off. I did that a couple of years ago when doing my new lawn in the back garden. You just have to make sure it's fairly tight.

It's easier if you can sow a bit later on in the year, as birds are less interested, but sowing a bit more heavily helps too. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: Today at 08:46

Andy - glad I'm past all that malarkey 

A tidy frontage is what I aim for Joyce....

I'd like to tidy the edges of the front grass and apply some weed and feed once the frost's gone, but I don't really want to walk on it for long. It would be a good chance to do it as the ground's damp and I could get all the moss shunted. Lots of blossom on the boundary hedge which is lovely. 

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