hollie hock


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Chickens

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:23

Hi Pinkypoo,

I've just started keeping chickens a couple of months ago. I have mine in a coup and a long run covered with chicken wire. Eventually I would like them to have more space. They don't really need much looking after, but as others have said you have to let them out and then lock them up safe at night. I only have 3 and find that I clean them out once a week and the muck etc goes onto my compost heap.

They do need fresh clean water daily, mine are layers so I feed them pellets (and all the scraps!) Because mine are in a run, the ground does get a bit messy, especially in wet weather  so I do try and move them to fresh bits of grass when I can.

Not sure if mine are particulary dim, but we have a removable cover on the run as they tend to go in the rain and get soaked!

I don't think they are that smelly, and as long as you keep them clean and remove any unwanted scraps  they shouldn't attract any more rats/mice then your average rubbish bag does. My cats avoid them, I think they are a bit afraid of them.

I'm so pleased I got mine, the eggs are very tasty and I enjoy looking after them.

Lovely chicken enclosure Victoria

Lupines leaves seem to be dying

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:10

I bought another Lupin over the weekend and some of the older leaves are dying off, as long as you can see new growth coming through they should be ok. Slugs and snails love the new shoots and some people have had problems with aphids attacking the plant.

Some types can get quite big so might do better in the ground when the plant is strong enough

Wallflowers

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:06

They do get past their best after they flower, but I have some stragglers that keep on going. You could always let a few go to seed and then sow them for next year.

Might be a few weeks yet if they've still got some flowers on them

No to everyone who asks for donations ? Do you agree or disagree with this ?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:02

Housing associations and councils will have some sort of dept eg community investment who may be able to help, especially if the childrens parents are tenants. Community growing is very in here at the moment. They too like free publicity and getting their name out there.

Organisations such as Keep Wales Tidy or equivalent may be able to help as well..........best of luck with it.

Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:47

Not sure but you might find Ngcards that they do better for a chop down and grown more bushy

New garden

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:40

Your might be right BusyB, although I have to confess I have no idea what sibling awareness day is

New garden

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:20

I had welsh poppies that were self sown in my last garden.  Just had a look at the blue meconopsis, lovely colour, really like blues and purples, I like a challenge.

There's some established buddleia already here and I have some geums that I moved last year Brilliant!

Best butterfly plants

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 20:05

Not ever heard of butterfly weed before, looks like an interesting plant

clematis

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 20:01

Courgette

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 19:59

I grew some last year for the first time, yes they are big seedlings! Did you sow them in a greenhouse or inside? I've got a few sown in a cold frame, but no show yet.

Discussions started by hollie hock

Honeysuckle

What type, must have scent? 
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Not convinced this is a purple one? 
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Move it now?

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How much is enough? 
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Always exciting 
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1960s 1970s inspired bouquet

Help any ideas? 
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Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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Vetch

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So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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