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doves taking over

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 08:06

It's quite a common issue Sarah. Your council chap is right - if you can make sure there's no food around for a while, that may be enough to deter them. I think the rat poison is also fine as you don't have it exposed. Most types are usually hidden where birds wouldn't be accessing it. Might be worth looking at the instructions on some of them just to find out.

There will be others here who can help you further - it's something I've never had to deal with fortunately. 

Whereabouts are you? We were discussing merlins recently as I got some pix of a young one when I was in Glen Lyon last week. Gorgeous birds   


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 08:01

I woke in the middle of the night and caught some of Mr Trumpet's speech obelixx.....it's a wonder I got back to sleep. Are Americans really this blind?    

Anyway - morning all/afties Pat 

Wet here - it woke me at half five battering down on the metal lid of the fire pit thingy. It's that nice summer stuff that comes vertically and waters everything nicely - no wind. Forecast doesn't look too brilliant over the weekend though...or next week. Hope it changes 

Better get ready for work - have a good day everyone - enjoy all your trips and outings  and gardening 


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:56

Clari - I think you need to get back  to that job hunting you were doing a while back....

There's 'being a loyal, hard working employee', and  there's 'being taken for a mug'....a fine line divides them....

Got hot here after the thunder and rain yesterday, although it was more like the norm when I went to work - about 13 degrees. It was mid twenties at lunchtime. I got a few things done outside then and when I came home. I have next week off so I hope to get a lot more done, weather permitting. 

Haven't been on here today so will have a little catch up while contemplating dinner. 

Garden play area surfacing

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 22:03

Artificial grass isn't like Astro turf - it's like grass, and is soft. Why not make a simple edge to the area (timber?) and add enough sand to make a reasonable 'cushion'. You can then lay the artificial grass on top. That's how it gets laid anyway - on a sand base - and pegged down. It's not particularly  cheap though.

Most people use bark for play areas   

Bl*#dy Tomatoes!

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 21:55

I've done both methods, but I think the pots are the main factor Steve. I use those cheap plastic florist's buckets that you get in supermarkets for a couple of quid for 6 or something. They're nice and sturdy when full of compost  


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 18:49

B'man - the thunder started just before I left the house, and the lightning and torrential rain arrived on the way to work, and we had a good bit through the morning there  

It was very humid when I was expecting youngest fairylet. Older fairylet was very good and didn't complain about not getting outside during the summer as I couldn't cope with it. 

Glad all is well with small person LP. Always a relief to have good news. 


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 17:59

Same as BLT - mine are all in containers, and I rarely have a problem with them unless it's slugs or magpies eating them. 

Did you get any flowers? If you didn't get any flowers you won't get fruit. 

Variety you're growing can also be a factor.  

Perhaps you've been overfeeding them early on and are getting foliage at the expense of flowers. I don't do anything particularly intense to mine in spring  other than tidying up, as BLT says, and they get a general feed and a bit of new compost at the same time. Mine get tomato food too, once they have flowers, but that's only if I remember...

Connifer Problems

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 17:52

You could leave the trunks in place and attach some of that split bamboo (quite cheap and readily available) or something similar to them to give instant privacy, and when you have the soil replenished, as Ladybird  has said, you could replace the conifers with a hedge or evergreen shrubs in front of the screen. 

You can paint that bamboo stuff too, so it'll blend in a bit better till other planting grows a bit. 

Tree for a small garden

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 17:47

Probably better with a specimen shrub rather than a tree. Amelanchier ( already mentioned )  is really a shrub, but can be treated like a tree if you get the right specimen to start with. It also depends how much time and inclination you have to prune and tidy it, and where you locate it. It's light and airy and has good three season appeal. The spindle tree is another one which could be suitable - Euonymous alatus.

If you can put it off centre too - more in a corner - that may be better. The area outside your garden is a factor in making that decision. 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 17:13

Beaujolais is a lovely pea, Aster. I sowed some last year but the compost wasn't right and they rotted in our wet weather. I had a couple of seeds left which I sowed and they're flowering now. I love those dark, rich colours. 

I've grown Juliet this year, as I like a cream or white to stand out against darker planting, but they're a bit disappointing. Supposed to be white, but they're creamy. Scent is excellent, but they're 'muddy'.  I had Cathy a few years ago which was a little muddy too, but it was very floriferous and a wonderful scent, so I think I'll try it again if I can source it. I tried two whites last year, and although they were very white, they weren't such good growers and the scent wasn't brilliant. Our weather probably had a little to do with that though. You win some....

Weather has such an influence BL, doesn't it? 

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