Latest posts by Fairygirl

Bird feeding

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 15:17

That's why I only use suet blocks in those hanging wire thingies, Lulu. They'll steal anything  

Steven - I think you mean to put chilli powder into the bird food - not leave it out! 

Squirrels will wreck plastic feeders very quickly. I only use sturdy metal ones, and they're wired onto tree branches because  they'll pull them off if attached with anything less substantial. 

My1st garden!

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 15:11

eh...umm....err...not sure about that Edd.... 

Temperature for grass seed

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 15:10

I'd never bother with grass seed before end of April up here - too cold and wet. You might be best waiting a bit if you feel your weather and soil conditions aren't brilliant. It saves having to do it again if it germinates poorly - or not at all in wet ground  

My1st garden!

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 15:07

A  small pond with either a simple fence round it (vertical bars not horizontal) or with  a  wire mesh cover securely fixed, makes a pond suitable for children - coupled with educating them. They will be fascinated by what goes on. I had a raised one in the garden when mine were small. It was near a window too, so that we could watch during wet days and through winter  

Balls and mounds...

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:47

Some of the Euphorbias will do the job. Hebes make mounds all by themselves too. Carexes are great for that use too  

What is your weather like?

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:42

Our blackies have been very 'present' W'song - isn't it lovely to see them, and hear them too  

Mrs B was sitting on the fence this morning waiting for her breakfast. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:38

Topbird wrote (see)


OH has informed me that today he will be "torqueing up his nuts".... I hope he's referring to the 'van wheels 


I do love a sheep Pat - couldn't eat a whole one....

I always have a chat with them when I'm walking - hope that keeps me safe from their marauding tendencies.... 

There's a hill which is renowned for having some goats on top which habitually nick walker's lunches  

Have to head out soon. Really can't be bothered, but might do some seed sowing later  


My1st garden!

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:16

I don't think a pergola with seating will be of much use in a north west facing garden unless the garden's long enough to accommodate it at the end where it gets most sun. Something simpler might get used more  

I'd agree with BL - some climbers along that rear fence will instantly make that more attractive.  It should be south east facing so will get a decent amount of sun. A good border there to incorporate a seating area would be ideal. Put in some year round interest for attracting wildlife, plus some evergreens and spring bulbs, and that gives you something nice to look at during the winter. I'd keep the hedge too - privacy will be necessary with that conservatory in the far corner. 

The area nearest the house can have some simple planting around your patio. Treat that separately - it will be shadier. Small areas work best if they have decent sized planting areas but fewer of them, otherwise it becomes very fussy. 

It also depends how much time you have to devote to your garden maintenance. 

Plant containers

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:06

Make a small hole with a nail or an awl, then drill with a spade bit. Very simple 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:04


Knew that nice frosty/sunny spell wouldn't last  

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