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Lovely surprise

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 21:17

. Lovely hoggie! if you leave food out they will certainly find it and more will come, especially late summer/early autumn when they are stocking up for hibernating.

We have several visiting nightly . All of the wet food I put out gets eaten most nights. And most of the seeds mix I make up.

I found Teigan - who is  one of my overwinterers from 2012 - with a man hog twice her size. I can only say that her attempts at dissuading his romantic advances were half hearted at best - lol! She is my special hoggy as she is just so nice, lovely natured girly, always seems happy, always wearing a smile when I grab her for a weight check or to redo her mark. I really hope she has babies - they will be her first - but I hope she doesn't decide to leave me a late litter of autumn bubs

animal problems

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:18

I have been told that urinating where the foxes/cats go is an effective deterrent. It needs to be male urine though as higher levels of testosterone. I cannot say if it works myself as don't have foxes and only one cat ( who looks elderly and very motheaten )

Sad and sorry looking

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:10
Mike Allen wrote (see)

Sorry to disagree.  Conifers will and do regenerate from lateral pruning.  Strange as it may seem.  Taking out the growing point of almost any conifer.  That will end it's upward growth.  It will now rapidly grow outwards.  Whereas in most trees etc.  To cut out the growing tip, will usually result in a side bud developing and in time growing heavenward.

IMHO.  I would be inclined to cut and come again.  Basically.  The root of each is obviously alive and well.  Take a chance and cut it off say four to six inches above soil level.

So if I understand you correctly you are advocating basically cutting the fir tree back to  a point where it will have no branches at all left, it will just be a stump ??

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Commercial Christmas tree growers prune lateral branches to promote bushy growth, so there may be a chance for it yet, but what are you going to do with it then?  Norwegian Spruce grow and grow and grow - do you have the space for it?  

In time it will grow to 60ft or more tall and 20-40ft wide - if that is planted in your garden either you or someone who comes after you will have an expensive bill from a tree surgeon to take it down. http://www.norwayspruce.com/

Sometimes things are free for a reason 

Don't say you haven't been warned! 

I already have one huge xmas tree. We have a large front garden.

Sad and sorry looking

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 20:40

Thanks both. They were free and I have lots of compost, liquid seaweed, so its not going to cost me anything to try.

Sad and sorry looking

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 20:07


 I have been given the plant and the tree in the hope tht I can save them - although with my limited experience I'm not sure that this is possible but I am hopeful  Could someone tell me what the plant is please? And give me some advice on how to  ' save ' them. Both need repotting and the tree will eventually be put into the ground when I've found a place for it. I have a large pot for the tree in the meantime ( old water butt cut in half ). Should I cut the brown branches off or not ? Thanks

Growing veg

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 21:30
SweetPea93 wrote (see)

Oh I should add, get them from a plant not seed. Maybe you could sew some chives? They also happen to sprout pretty pink flowers which are also edible and look pretty in the salads you'll make with your tomatoes!

I do have a pot of chives. Might try the strawberry idea though.

Growing veg

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 17:24
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

Chillies, peppers and aubergines would grow well in a warm conservatory, it's to late to sow their seeds but you can probably still purchase small plants from a GC

Some varieties of tomatoes can grow quite tall, pinch out the growing tip in late August or when six or seven trusses (flowering tips) have developed which ever is earlier. This tops the plant growing and it puts more effort into the developing fruit.       .  

Thank you I've have not really attempted growing veg before so not much idea what I'm doing - bit of a learning curve for me.

Growing veg

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 10:13

I have been growing pots of Basil and Tomatoes in my conservatory . Is it too late to grow something else in there. Was thinking of something edible but not sure what would work best?


Also one of the Tomatoes was an unexpected plant. It grew out of my pot of fern - thought it was a weed and almost pulled it out. Its doing very well, in fact its huge and still growing, approx 4ft at present. Both plants have flowers on . Is it normal for Tomatoes to grow so large?

Blanket Weed and Water Soldiers

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 09:51
flowering rose wrote (see)

I have to pick the duck weed  out by hand  or with  a net ,the thing is to keep some shade over the pond and I run water from the water  butt so fresh water gets in and grow irises in  a pot to filter the water.

I didn't know about the Irises so will get some. There is a pump running all the time, except when its really windy. It rains a lot on Anglesey  so there is always fresh rainfall going into both ponds.

Blanket Weed and Water Soldiers

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:20
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Water soldiers come to the surface in their own time

yes, I know this but the brown decaying leaves cannot be normal  can they ?


nutcutlet wrote (see)

Water soldiers come to the surface in their own time


philippa smith2 wrote (see)

The Barley straw extract can be a good thing but will take time to work...........also depends on just how bad the blanket weed is initially.  It proliferates in the sun so planting things like water lillies which cover the surface of your pond will help.

You can remove a lot of the weed by using a stick (preferably twisted if you have ) and winding the blanket weed around it before you pull it out. Dump the weed close to the edge of the pond so any little things can find their way back into the water.  Watch out for Newts if you have them......they congregate in the weed/algae.


I have a dwarf lily but it doesn't seem to be growing very fast. It looks the same as when I bought it last summer. Have Frogbit, Fairy Moss as well as the watercress.I don't think their are any Newts in there as its a raised pond but I am hopeful for my sink pond

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