Latest posts by Fairygirl

Bird feeders

Posted: Yesterday at 17:04

Anni - get a feeder with a cage. I made one because the starlings were an issue. The bigger birds can't get in, or the squirrels, but they get bits that are chucked out. I do put food on the ground, but I only use good quality food. The cheap stuff is full of wheat, which is what attracts pigeons in particular. Buy  no mess mixes, which are far better value. As the name suggests, there's very little waste and what doesn't get eaten doesn't sprout either.  Add some sunflower hearts - available separately - which most birds enjoy.

There's another thread somewhere as this has been getting discussed a lot recently 

Sweetpeas vanished

Posted: Yesterday at 08:02

If you don't want to 'dispatch' anything - follow chicky's advice and keep a lid on propagators until germinated.

Of course, then you'll have the slugs and snails to watch out for.....

Cordyline yellowing

Posted: Yesterday at 07:59

They shed lower leaves as part of their growth habit, Rebecca. I expect that's the reason. They gradually get a longer trunk with the foliage at the top.  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 07:57

Morning all/afties Pat. Hope the carrots are ok!

You wouldn't get much gardening done  here either Wonks - ground's nicely frozen now after being waterlogged from the neverending rian all weekend. Car will need some serious defrosting - it'll have that crazed patterning if the other cars I can see are anything to go by  

Supposed to get some snow showers later, but we migth miss them. Think LP might get some, and Lesley too.

Oscars - main headline on the BBC news? Really? I mean.. really? Has the world gone mad...oh yes, I forgot...it has  

I hope you get extra for that Clari. I wouldn't have thought that was your job to clear up anyway. A teacher I used to know,  wasn't allowed to do anything in her school when that happened. Kids had to stand/sit in it until the relevant parent could be contacted. Ridiculous though. I realise it's different when it's at night, but even so....

Should we slope garden to aid drainage?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 19:57

I'd mix the pea shingle in with all the soil mixture,although I'd use grit in preference as it's finer. It'll be a little while before you can sow seed or lay turf, so be prepared for it to be a bit soggy for a while, unless you suddenly get some seriously dry and warm weather. As you're in the south, that might be the case, but you have a bit of prep first. Let the soil settle for a bit, then rake it and firm it andlightly rake again before it's ready for turf/seed. If you get dips and holes, or lumps and bumps,  you can then amend it by raking and firming again.

Don't rush into it, as it makes a big difference to the finished product if you prepare well initially  

Re the privacy of the garden - good choices in your planting will help with that. A five foot fence will be fine with some shrubs and/or climbers for screening. 

blue perennial sweet peas?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 19:10

Rosy, pinky shades and white only, I think. They're not scented either as far as I know.

I've had the white one in the past and it certainly wasn't.

Sweetpeas vanished

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:14

Birds will also take them - have you got doors open that any can get in?

Arrival of frogspawn

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:11

I've never seen it this early here HH, so not sure which part of Scotland it's in.

I know it's been a quiet winter, but I'm not sure it will make too much of a difference  

Raised beds

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:06

I don't understand the query either. Lining raised beds doesn't alter the level of the soil or prevent weeds.

Do you mean using a weed barrier on top of the soil, Potwoman?

Should we slope garden to aid drainage?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:03

A slope doesn't actually help with drainage - only when it's a hard surface - and I wouldn't choose to have it sloping towards a house either.

Making the soil itself more free draining is the solution. Incorporate plenty of compost, manure and grit if the soil's heavy.   

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