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Wildlife gardening

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 20:16

The cheaper feed is usually full of wheat which attracts the pigeons. The no mess mixes are worth having as there's no waste  

Cats are a common problem - I bought a water scarecrow and it's made a huge difference as nothing else worked. Once birds have the right food and habitat, and feel safe, thye'll come in regularly. Being consistent with the food is important too.  I also built a cage round a couple of feeders which means the little birds get peace to have their share of food. The bigger birds can have the food I put on on the ground so everyone's happy. 

Mahonia winter sun

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 18:39

It's a newly planted shrub Grajean, so it'll just be settling in. By next winter, it should have put on some growth and you'll probably get a much better display, and plenty of big berries to follow. 

They grow reasonably quickly up here, so you get a good looking shrub within a few years. Mine is only a couple of years old and looked good this winter with plenty of clusters of flowers.  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 18:34

Perhaps your clothes have just shrunk fidget....

I love snowdrops, and some of those fancies look fabulous, but unless you have a specific area for viewing them, and the time to do that, I'd settle for loads of the bog standard ones too 

Nothing worse than flashing woodpecker...

Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 18:31

I certainly wouldn't use Jeyes Fluid - it's completely indiscriminate and kills everything good as well as bad, leading to an imbalance. 

Posy's advice is correct - use a specialist product but also remove the infested compost and leave it out for the birds to eat the grubs. Nature's way of dealing with it, and the birds will be thrilled at some extras at this time of year   

Wildlife gardening

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 18:27

I'd agree with Ladybird here too - patience is a big part of it, and also agree wiht fidget that good quality food is the best way to go.It's a subject that gets discussed frequently, and the general consensus is to get a no mess mix which will attract lots of small birds and is far more economic in the long run. You could also use a robin mix - it's usually quite similar.

The hanging feeders will attract the tit family more than food on a bird table in my experience. You're certainly doing the right thing if you have food near the cover of a tree, but try a hanging one in there and see if it makes a difference. Small quantities of fresh food so that it doesn't get mouldy, and clean the feeders regularly if food isn't eaten. I have spares so that I can swap them and wash them accordingly. Having the water available is great, and make sure you have some suitable planting which will provide all sorts of food - seeds and berries for instance. It's a big picture rather than just one or two things.

Keep trying - I'm sure you'll get some in but it might be next winter before you see a change. I had almost no birds when I moved here a few years ago as the garden was very sterile. It's full of birds now 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 16:57

Evening all. Need to take the decs down I suppose. I hate doing it 

My slow cooker has a ceramic style casserole insert - I suppose so that you can serve at the table and it looks half decent. It's a bit of a pain to wash but fine if you have a dishwasher. Like obelixx, I really prefer using my Le Creuset casseroles and putting them in a low oven, but the slow cooker's handy if I get one of the girls to put something on. I think the tomatoes create the issue of the water more than anything - it's usually goulash I do in it.  I do brisket which is really good, but I probably don't use it as often as I could - I should do soup but I still prefer a big pot for that. 

Lesley - if that robin of mine doesn't watch, he'll have an a**e the size of two a***s before long,  and won't be able to get off the ground if a cat comes by  

No 'poky' snowdrops here yet. Crocus have got little nubs showing. I have a weird situation of having an oak leaf Hydrangea in it's new raised bed, still covered in foliage, but I underplanted it with species tulips and crocus and they can't get any light now. What's a girl to do?   

Saw that prog advertised T'bird, but I didn't watch it. I should get it on catch up.  I did record one last night about avalanches though. Running out of room on the thingy on the tv - too much stuff either not watched or I haven't deleted yet...

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 12:43

I got a slow cooker a couple of years ago T'bird, and I found it watery when I did stews/goulashes, but I now stir a tblspoon of flour in with the meat and it basically makes a sauce. Failing that, Ieave the lid off a little for the last hour or so and a lot of it evaporates. I suppose it depends what you're making too, but that works for me. I sometimes shove stuff in when I come home for lunch at this time of day, and that means it gets a good 6 hours cooking too, so that might help as well.

Had to go and defrost the watering holes again for the birds. Dennis junior couldn't wait for his cheesy treats and was going in the front of the 'bench cage while I was shoving it in at the back! Hope he leaves a little for the blackies. The watery sun has made very little inroads as it's still only minus 2. We're supposed to get a bit of cloud arriving later though. At least it's warmer at work now as we have heaters on timers - only problem is that the heaters keep dying. Not very robust 

Keep all your lurgies to yourselves please - and yes, don't mix up the knitting with the hankies Dove 

Red robin won't grow

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 08:04

Also - it can take quite a while for shrubs to get going above ground after planting - most of the early growth is underground as a shrub gets a good root system and establishes itself. If you follow the previous advice, you should see a bit of growth this year   

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 07:59

Morning all/afties Pat  

I'm assuming it's fairly cold outside judging by how cold the house feels and what little bit of the frosty garden I can see at the moment. Much prefer it to the usual wind accompanied, wet cold though. 

Have a good day chicky 

Hope all is well doc. I don't mind hospitals visits - perhaps because they're mercifully few and everyone has always been great when I get there. Apart from the rude woman in the hearing aid clinic who treated my dad as if he was stupid, just because he was old and deaf presumably- who knows. 

Joyce will already be there so hope all is fine for her and hubby too. What an ungodly hour to be getting blood sucked out! 

Off for a quick look round before I go. Have a good day everyone, whatever you're doing 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 20:22

They already did fidget  - kill him off . Think it was 'done'  for the last episode that was on recently - I wasn't paying it full  attention though   

Minus 2 here - I've just been out to the car to get something. 

Cuppa and Christmas cake and feet up now. See you all tomorrow

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