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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 18:25

Glad you're  a bit better now BL  

For any Bowie fans, lovely Rick Wakeman is on Simon Mayo's Radio 2 show just now, as it's a year since Bowie died.  He's being great as always. 


Posted: 10/01/2017 at 18:16

The idea is to place it where the regular offendors come in KT, so that you can place it in the most effective spot. I appreciate it's harder in a big area, but if you know where they mainly appear from, you can choose the best place and site it there. Always going to be an issue on a big garden - it wouldn't have really worked at my last house either as the garden was huge.

I find having it in the general area where the main bird feeders are is a good spot, but I initially placed it near the main routes they used for entering the garden to start with. That deterred them because they changed their route and went through someone else's garden instead. After that, it was a case of being vigilant. moving it slightly and just keeping them on their toes...literally 

Think the window cleaner got a surprise now and again too. Serves them right for constantly changing which day they come!  

Vegetables/edible plants to grow in flower beds/borders

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 17:54

I used to grow mange tout in borders. They don't take up much room as you just make a little tripod of canes for them to grow up,  and the flowers are standard pea flowers as in a sweet pea.  

They were smaller in height than the bigger peas and beans that Obelixx mentions too, although that may have been down to the variety  

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Posted: 10/01/2017 at 17:22

You'll get grief now KT! 

Water scarecrow has worked for me EJYork, as pansyface mentioned. I've lost count of the number of hours I've spent on other 'methods', not to mention money. The only drawback is that it's a bit unsightly, but I intend getting some darker hosepipe and hiding it under the gravel along the edges of the paths. You also need to move it about to cover different 'approaches', or you could get a couple. I bought a cheap one at around £20. 

Just remember to bubblewrap it to protect it from freezing, as I've learned to my cost...twice....

Last edited: 10 January 2017 17:23:20

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 17:17


I've no passport now - someone will need to smuggle me in.  

I could fit in that handbag - I'm quite little. Like one of those little dogs.....

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 16:58

Terrific news for the Chateau DD  

It's all been said, but yes - doc's right - he's bullying you. He's being 'nice' (booking a holiday  ) in the hope you'll cave in on everything - including being apart,  because he thinks you'll come back.

That's it in a nutshell. God loves a trier. My ex is still texting me, because he still wants to control me. Billhooks to that. 

Keep strong and kick some a** 

doc - are you rounding up a posse?  

Lovely cake Hazel, but what's everyone else having?   

A mouse in the house

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 12:41

While I'd agree with clearing excess feed away from obvious, easily accessed places at dusk, that alone won't stop them being in the garden, where they aren't usually a major problem.  You still have to tackle the issue of them coming inside. Rats are different, of course.

I also tried one of those sonic deterrents in a previous house, Doogie - also a fairly rural location, and an old house,  but it didn't make a blind bit of difference! 

Maybe Scottish mice are just more determined....

Fertilize penstemons?

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 08:09

I do the same as doc - it's easy to over complicate everything. FB&B for me too, and I use tomato food as the extra kick for clematis and anything else which flowers a lot.  

Keeping your soil healthy is something that often gets forgotten too. Adding compost and/or well rotted manure when planting anything new, as a top dressing in early spring, or as a mulch going into winter will replenish it, and help everything grow well. It  also helps with moisture retention and weed control. Everyone's a winner 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 08:03

Morning all/afties Pat 

LP - at least you'll miss the cold weather when you go on your trip...err...well...maybe not....

Hope it goes smoothly and you have a great time. Pack an extra simmit 

We'll probably catch a bit of snow and hail/sleet here too Joyce. We've been lucky though - it's been a very straighforward winter so far. Yesterday was a reminder of the horrible stuff we usually get for weeks on end! 

Wonder if Hosta has his mankini on yet...

Thinking of you today DD. Keep holding our virtual hands and you'll soon be catching stars  x

Salt mine beckons so I'd better get sorted. See you all later 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 22:23

DD - don't be afraid to take something from the doctor. It was the smartest thing I did when my husband walked out, and I'm glad I took my sister's advice and did it. I had two young children to take care of, whose world had also been turned upside down, and it helped me get out of bed and function until I was able to sort myselfout without them.

PM on it's way to you xxx

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