Gary Hobson

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badgers in gardens

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 09:00

I'm inclined to think that putting down peanuts will simply encourage badgers, and other animals, to use your garden as a regular feeding station.

How many peanuts would you need to put down, so that a badger, and his wife and kids, would be fully satisfied, and do no further foraging - a few handfuls?

Peanuts are not cheap. Do you really want to commit yourself to such an experiment, indefinitely.


Posted: 08/03/2013 at 08:09

There's also a thread called Fork Handles, where anyone can chat about anything at all - TV, cream cakes, football, washing machine repairs, leaking roofs, world news, etc...


Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 07:53

There's a thread about Christmas trees in pots, with some 60 messages, and the occasional photo, here:

Weekend Ahead ..... ?

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 07:36

Yes. The weather forecast does appear to be severe in the midlands from next Monday.

Normally frost at night doesn't matter too much, at least for plants in a greenhouse, as the greenhouse is able to warm up during the day. However, in this case the daytime temperture is forecast to be around zero, with no sunshine. So temperatures in a cold greenhouse will become dangerous.

The forecast could be wrong. The Met Office does have a dreadful record for accuracy. And we don't know how long this cold snap will last, if it happens.

Personally, I intend to assess the forecast on Saturday and, if it still looks bad, then I shall bring a few seedlings and choice plants into the house for a couple of days.

badgers in gardens

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 07:23

I regularly have bagers cultivating my grass for me.

In my case it has nothing to do with cockchafers. They are looking for worms. These badgers have a strong preference for grass on shallow damp soil, where worms are near the surface and easily found.

They also love to excavate the undergroud nests of wasps or bees. Last Summer a badger excavated a foot-wide hole in my garden to get at a nest. I covered the hole over. The fellow came back the next night, and I managed to get this photo...

Fork Handles

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 07:06

Morning forkers,

Really dreary here. Pond is full of frogs singing away. They haven't read Mystic Meg's forecast.

Went outside around 9pm last night just to see if there was any sign of slugs chomping my lupins, but there were none about.

Planting around Apple Tree

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 15:14
sotongeoff wrote (see)

... spring flowering bulbs ....

Spring bulbs is a good idea - you could grow daffodils in the grass.

Planting around Apple Tree

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 15:09

I have climbing roses growing through apple trees, and also honeysuckle.

That works, though you need to ensure that the particular climbing plant is not too vigourous for the tree. Clematis ought to work well too.

If attempting to grow low growing plants beneath a tree, then you'd need to bear in mind that the ground beneath a tree is likely to be shaded, and also relatively dry - so that's not such a good idea, IMO.

Fork Handles

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 11:04

Please Miss.

There's a puddle under Geoffrey's desk.

Fork Handles

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 09:51
lovetogarden wrote (see)

Hate to say this but the weather is set to get colder over the weekend. - 4c forecast here at night.

Yes, there is a very severe weather deterioration in the forecast. I may have to rewrap all the plants that I've just unwrapped.

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