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Latest posts by fidgetbones

roses from seed

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 22:37

Don't mollycoddle them. Rose seedlings will take anything the weather can throw at them. The leaves will drop off  i winter, but they will reshoot in Spring.

Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 20:42

Ha, she obviously knows I'm a cynical old ratbag, because I didn't get one.

Bird feeders

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 20:38

We have a small undisturbed wood and derelict orchard next door on the southern boundary, and two 150 year old oak trees on the northern boundary. We also have a lot of feeders, mainly squirrel proof, including peanut feeders, fat block for the woodpecker(they only like the pink ones), sunflower seed feeder, a small seed mix for the finches, niger seed for the goldfinches, and a muesli type mix for softbill/ground feeders. Sometimes I think these birds are better fed than me.

 We also have had , but rarely, goldcrest, red poll, thrushes,waxwing, jay,  a spring visit from mallards and heron, and of course, with all that lot, we also get visits from an owl and the sparrowhawk.

Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 17:14

Grow something that uses a lot of nitrogen such as leafy greens, brassicas, and make sure you remove all the growth from the soil when you harvest it.

Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 16:56

"I have something I want to tell you" sounds like a fortune teller wanting you to cross her palm with silver.

or a doomsayer telling you the end of the world is nigh.

Bird feeders

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 16:49

Great tit, coal tit, long tail it, bluetit,

Green finch, chaffinch, goldfinch, bullfinch.

Great spotted woodpecker, collared dove, wood pigeon, blackbirds, magpies,dunnocks.

Nuthatch, robin, wren.

Thats what I've seen today, as well as mouse, vole, and grey squirrels.

We had an odd visit from a fieldfare last week when I threw some apples on the lawn.


Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 16:28

Hmmm.sounds  like a fishing trip to me.Block and delete I think.

vivianaalpha, maybe she's a sister to pennies from heaven.

don't waste my time plant!

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 09:27

Oh, to have a climate where hedychiums become invasive, instead of being potted and mollycoddled in a greenhouse for the winter.


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 22:00

Clarington, your pond can't be worse than the photolab I ordered for work. It was to go upstairs in a designated area. The suppliers said they had a stair walker to get it in. Guess what, it was too wide for the stairs. The delivery van was outside on double yellow lines. We ended up taking out a window and ordering a crane and craning it in, then boarding up the window after. It stopped traffic in the town for about two hours and made the front page of the local paper. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity...

Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 21:31

Bare root perennials  is


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