Latest posts by FloBear

Poorly Rosemary

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 12:55

You don't say how many leaves - spotty or not - it has, but it may be worth trimming some off so the little bit of living root can cope with what's on top. Probably remove flowers too so it can concentrate on getting well.

Mycorrhizal Fungi

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 09:19

So is there just one kind of fungus that's supposed to work with any plant? I thought that plants had fungi that were specific to their particular needs.

Also, would it be really silly to dig up a very recently planted shrub to apply the fungus then plant it again?

Bear of Very Little Brain

Keeping Chickens

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 17:47

ChristyRose, that  sounds lovely. Already I can picture the girls jumping up to reach the goodies. Also, it's good to have an incentive to redesign the garden - long overdue, I have to say.

Keeping Chickens

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 09:02

Junohart, thank you for your book idea, I will look into that at once! Tattiebogle, I've looked at your suggestion - it seems like just the job as I'm a wildlife gardener at heart. Many thanks.

My girls' run - about 8ft by 5ft - has a large sheet of plastic fixed tent-style over it so is dry and cosy underneath. Not exactly elegant but I learnt the hard way when we had flash flooding last August and I thought I'd have to teach the poor birds to swim. They are out part of each day free-ranging so it's not their full-time space.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 13:24

East Dorset sunshiney in places, a bit blowy, thinking about raining. I found hailstones a mile and a half up the road when I took the dogs out!!

Keeping Chickens

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 13:21

I'm surprised, polegirl, that you have any grass left to weedkill! Mine has all gone. I'm thinking I will have to plant a variety of woody shrubs to stop the area looking like the Somme or the Sahara depending on the season.

Does anyone have any handy hints for what to plant in the 'free-range' part of the garden (which is the part nearest the house) so the chooks can have their fun but the humans have something nice to look at?



No eggs today - what's going on?

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 22:22

Sotongeoff, it was vine weevils. Well, wasn't actually. Too leggy. Turned out they were early chafer grubs thanks to advice and link to close up grub piccies. The chooks loved them, so did the robins. (The grubs not the piccies).

Hello Alina W. I'm new. (-:

Keeping Chickens

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 18:18

My girls are 4 ex-bats who we adopted last August - named after my 4 sisters! I said I'd have chooks when I retired, and I did. They quickly learnt to be proper chickens and grew very feathery. Almost never stopped laying since they came - average 3 eggs a day. Aggie likes to lay al fresco if she can and has secret nests in the ivy.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 18:11

Oh so glad to know it's you ex-dogcody. You were most kind and helpful in my short life on the other mb.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 17:56

Greetings sotongeoff (I presume that's the port of soton where I lived for quite a lot of years) and gold1locks. My name was originally my little dog Flo who happened to look like a polar bear cub. I also have a French connection so it works both ways.

Custarde FloBear

(but only my Mum calls me Custarde and only when I've been playing in the mud or similar sins)

And whoever said a chicken thread, yes please.

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