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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 10:08

It'll be few minutes Dove - it's decaff. Hope that's ok 

Someone was mentioning a story about a shepherdess and not knowing who told it. It's on the  'daily bird sightings' thread and it was by pansyface if anyone wants to read it.

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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 10:04

Beautiful pic 007  

The thrushes must have been listening to me the other day saying I hadn't seen any since I moved in here 2 years ago. Looked out the window yesterday morning - and there was a thrush hopping across to the food and apples and tucking in 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 09:53

Just got a cuppa with my porridge Dove. Would you like coffee? I can put kettle  back on 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 09:42

Thanks TB 

I've sent you a PM KEF. 

Novice Gardener in need of tips!

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 09:39

Hi stinkfoot - intriguing name..

If the garden's 23 panels long it's a decent size as they're approx 6' or 1.8 metres in new money, so even though it's north facing you'll get sun at the end of it during spring to autumn.I wouldn't use a rotivator as it can make matters worse as bekkie says, so I'd use weedkiller once there's good growth on them to make it effective, and you'll probably need to do that a few times. Or you can hand weed if you feel like a good workout!

At this time of year it's usually best to wait a while as there could be lots of nice things waiting to erupt when spring comes, but you could make some plans in the meantime by making a list of what type of garden you'd like - do you want a seating area, flowery painting or mainly shrubs, trees and greenery. Do you want a greenhouse, shed, compost bin or screening from neighbours  etc, and so on. Long narrow gardens benefit from being divided into sections to create separate areas too so you might want to think about some screens at various points which can be done with hedging or trellis with climbers.

Take your time planning and don't be afraid to ask for help at any point 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 09:28

Morning all you lovely people 

Must have got warmer as we've had a bit of rain but some snow still lying - hopefully it'll go away completely. Wrap up warm everyone. Birds were waiting for their breakfast - slept in a bit 

Congrats Clari - gives you peace of mind doesn't it? You must be doing something right...

I missed Perki's snowy beast - can some kind person point me in the direction of the thread? Ta very much 

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Posted: 21/01/2015 at 18:44

Lovely story 

Some years ago when I had moved in with my (now ex) partner for a short time, we had  loads of snow lying for weeks. I looked out a window one day and there was a little flock of birds on the only clear patch of grass under a tree in the back garden. 7 partridges. They visited every day for about a week 


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 17:46

Lettuce is best sown little and often so that you get a succession of leaves. If you sow loads you'll have tons of lettuce all at one time which you won't be able to use. I do enough to fill a couple of troughs or a few pots - just sprinkle sparingly on the surface of the compost and lightly cover.  I'll do that a few times over summer using some to cut and come again and leaving a few to get to full size. That's plenty for me and my two daughters. One packet will easily last a couple of years 

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Posted: 21/01/2015 at 17:41

Was there a partridge in a pear tree pansyface?  

We used to see loads of mistle thrushes in a previous garden though they mostly flocked onto the big area of grass at the front of the houses in the summer and autumn. Not had any in this garden yet though. We don't get song thrushes here.


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 17:36

Pretty pix 

Snow still lying here - too cold for it to melt but positively tropical today. 2 below zero when I went to work and got all the way to zero later! 

Busy making another suet feeder thingy to keep the starlings at bay. It's been quite effective, the blackbirds are scoffing lots of the stuff on the ground and  getting through a couple of apples a day along with other bits and bobs. Two males in at the same time but one is a youngster. There's a female now and again so hopefully they'll hang about and visit regularly. Robin hardly even moves out the way when I put food out - he knows what side his bread's buttered.

I'll go and see what's happening elsewhere on the forum for a few mins  

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