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Jelly like substance

Posted: 25/03/2017 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: 25/03/2017 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. 

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Posted: 25/03/2017 at 13:48

Snap Dove 


Posted: 25/03/2017 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: 25/03/2017 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: 25/03/2017 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: 25/03/2017 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: 25/03/2017 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: 25/03/2017 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. 

Yet more moss in lawn advice needed

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 08:36

Yes - kill off the moss first and then remove it when it's blackened and dead. 

Perhaps the reason for liquids being better is that they're slightly easier to apply than the granular ones? Less chance of overdoing it?  I've always used granular weed and feed ( I don't use moss killers on their own) and don't have any issues, but I have a liquid one to use this year, soit'll be interesting to see if there's any real difference. 

I never add any grass clippings or moss to the compost bin if it's had a treatment, G.noob. Don't know if iron sulphate is different though. 

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