Gary Hobson

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Bird feeders causing weeds?

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 08:37

I also have some large stone slabs directly beneath my bird feeder.

The original reason why I put the slabs there was because the 'grass' beneath a bird feeder gets churned up, and muddied, mainly by other birds pecking at the bits that drop from the feeder. One way or another it becomes a real mess.

The slabs also catch the debris, which does need to be cleared off regularly. Otherwise it develops into a mat, and then into a bed of nyjer seedlings, or whatever.

I also use that as an area to spread other food, that ground feeding birds prefer.

after watching Sarah Raven

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 12:57

Showery weather is forecast for the next week and the soil is warm, so this is an ideal sowing time.

Just for interest, these are 3 of the 4 packets that I sowed:

Johnson's - Mixed Bumblebee Friendly Flowers (an impulse buy from my local supermaket while doing weekly shop)
T&M's Wild Flowers - Meadowland Mixture
T&M's Wild Flowers - Cornfield Mixture

It will be interesting to see how well each batch does. And also to see which batch the bumblies actually do prefer.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 16:47

Have only just noticed this thread. Must remember to go to Specsavers.

Actually I've already tried posting some snaps on one of the wildlife threads.

You can load photos onto here directly from your computer. There's no need to use PhotoBucket. Or you can link directly to images on PhotoBucket if you prefer.

No excuse for everyone not to get snapping now.

I also like the feature which enables you to edit a message after you've posted it.

after watching Sarah Raven

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 16:32

I'm having a try at this. I'm in Warwickshire.

My efforts are extemely amateur. So don't follow what I'm doing. This is just for your entertainment, and showing you how not to do it.

Anyway, in an area of rough grass, I tried removing some strips of turf, which I sowed with 4 varieties of wildflower seeds (some from T&M, some from Johnsons):

I sowed about 10 days ago. Because it's been very dry during the past few days, I've been using a watering can. Some seeds have already germinated:

The ground looks rough. I didn't do much preparation. If these plants are to hold their own against grass, then they'll need to grow up tough.

I've also tried planting some plugs, like this:

I had a disaster with some red clover plugs. The day after I'd planted, some animal ate most of the top growth on the little plants. So these are now covered with cloches for protection:

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