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Highland Jeannie

Latest posts by Highland Jeannie

Rat In The Compost Bin

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 09:55

Thanks for your replies folks; we thought about the terrier route a couple of years ago when we had mice in the loft but don't know anyone with one, plenty of collies & labs but don't think they'd be much good!  This bin is only a few feet from the back of the house so we're keeping all doors shut just now - might also stop the robin from coming into the sun lounge again!!

There's never a dull moment in the country.

Rat In The Compost Bin

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 23:42

We have a beehive type of bin, in use for about a year & sitting on lengths of slab about 8" wide (so wooden edge is not on bare soil but worms can get in).

Finally my cousin's available soon to put down a proper base for it but yesterday we noticed our "visitor".  I put some poisoned bait into a length of drain pipe & laid it by the hole which had been dug under the slab.  The hole only appeared within the last couple of days or so & we therefore hope that it's on its own. (I haven't dare open the bin & look in ) (or stir it.......)

So, provided the bait works & it's the only one, what would the best way to make a base for it?  We could fix chicken mesh to the bottom (would it chew the wire?) Cousin suggested standing the slabs on their sides so it would have to dig down 8" to get in - could that work?

We have 2 bins, no.2 so far unused & will be sited a fair distance apart.

As for content we eat a lot of fruit so a lot of banana skins, apple cores,etc & the only "cooked" stuff is shells from boiled eggs.





plant pots

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 23:48

Try your local council tip - sorry "recycling centre,"  I've recycled loads that way.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 22:49

I tried the teabags dipped in Jeyes fluid down a very narrow pathway & watched one moggy step straight over it.

Just bought some Deep Heat, will try shortly.

We also have a sonic thing but maybe the cats are deaf.

moving to scotland

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 20:46

We're about 10 miles NW of Inverness as the crow flies & the area all around the Moray Firth has a far better climate than just a few miles inland. As you go inland you start ascending & friends 40 miles south of Inverness have had frosts in August .

I'm just guessing, but should think that in winter Ayrshire would not be colder than Hereford, I've always thought that the Welsh border areas are quite cold in the winter, being hilly and a long way inland. (But hot in summer). Ayr itself is on the coast so would expect it to be milder; I have rellies in Galloway & they rarely get snow, but boy do they get winds!  When I was young we visited an aunt in Stranraer & my Mum was fascinated by her method of pegging out the washing - 2 pegs always where 1 would normally be used. 

The long summer evenings are lovely but having lived SW of London for decades before moving up here what I miss most is the earlier spring there.  Parts of our north facing back garden seem to take ages to thaw out.

As for herbs, they certainly grow up here; 

Try & do some winter visiting first?

potted acer

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 09:45

Hi Gertie, my maroon leaved acer (about 4' tall) sits in a tub at the front door. It's south facing & gets baked, the soil dries out & it gets a bit of wind. I think it's just starting to get it's 3rd set of leaves this year due to incorrect position & neglect .

Unfortunately I think it's the only place for it - anywhere else would be too windy. I must have had it for about 5 years.

Hope yours makes it!


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 18:48

Don't get me started!!

Why does a gardening programme (or many other programmes for that matter) need music at all?  Some months ago Beechgrove came from a gardening show & the "background" music was anything but.  I e-mail the co. that makes Beechgrove, as at one point you could barely hear the presenter, also the music was discordant & it really jarred.  I still await a reply.

What's wrong with foliage rustling in the wind or bees on a flower - lovely & tranquil.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 17:38
Fairygirl wrote (see)

One of my neighbours got excited once when I said I was thinking of putting some 'naked ladies' in the garden....he didn't realise they were autumn crocus...

You little tease, you!!


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 23:38

OH wants a "nymph surprised whilst bathing"   I said I'd put some clothes on her & definitely a scarf & woolly hat in the winter. But then we haven't got a pond so I think it's a non-starter!

Fairygirl wrote (see)

Perhaps we could have a range of Chris Beardshaw ones as well. 

Now you're talkin' girl!!  He can come & turn my compost any time.....


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 20:29

Been a bit busy for a while & haven't had much time to post but have been reading the messages, and I haven't seen any sign of Frank lately.

Has he been on here & I've missed him? What have you done with your "grandad" fairygirl??

Hope he's ok; I enjoy reading his posts for his knowledge & advice. 

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