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Feral cats

Posted: 11/12/2017 at 15:21

I rehomed two semi-feral cats from the RSPCA some years ago.   They lived in the garage/shed and I had two cat flaps fitted before the cats arrived.  I was advised to keep them inside for a few weeks in order for them to get to know me a bit before allowing them access to the outside. I would spend a little while in the shed several times a day, "talking" to them when putting food down  & dealing with their litter tray.  I didn't actually see them for about three weeks to begin with because  whenever they heard me open the door they would go and hide amongst all the stuff in the shed.  One day I happened to look up and saw them both sitting on the rafters &  gazing down at me - they were beginning to get confident enough not to worry too much.  A couple of weeks later they were on the floor waiting to be fed and eventually I was able to touch them,  Took a while, and in the meantime a friend made an outdoor cage for them, which we fitted outside one of the cat flaps.  This enabled them to see the outside and after another week or so - on a fine day - I removed the cage and waited until they came out and saw me there.  They went exploring for a while and then came back to be fed.

They became very friendly towards me in the end, but were still very wary of other people.  They did a very good job ref dealing with various rodents etc and - more useful for me - they acted as a great rabbit deterrent too, as my garden was over-run with wild rabbits which were causing a great deal of damage to plants and the lawned areas.   Since they died (natural causes for one and the other was run over and killed on  the main road) the rabbits have taken over again - though I'm hopeful that things might change since the feral cats from the smallholding nearby have arrived in the shed now!

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Posted: 08/12/2017 at 10:26

I thought that most us have already worked out that the supply of common sense ran out in1970!

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 12:22

Good to see you too, Obs!       Rabbits are still "tricky" !

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 10:46

Perhaps the OP would like some serious suggestions!  I guess it's a matter of someone trying to do research for a valid reason, though that's not always the case, as most posters on this website do know.

Suburban gardeners don't have to deal with some of the issues that people in rural areas have - e.g. moles and wild rabbits.  If somebody could come up with a totally fool-proof and effective means of deterring both, I for one would be glad to give it a try.

First cuckoo?

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:49

Anyone else remember this?  What the cuckoo said.............!

In April I open my bill.

In May I sing night and day.

In June I change my tune.

In July away I fly.

In August, away I must!

we used to sing that when we were children!

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 10:01

I think it would help if you could describe the setting/location of your house so as to enable people to get an idea of what - if anything - you'd like to see beyond your garden boundary. 

There's a style of fencing called "hit and miss" which consists of vertical posts which are fixed in such a way as to allow the wind through by not creating a totally solid barrier. It looks the same from both sides, which is not the case with solid panels and the way they are installed, because you can almost always tell the "outside" from the "inside" with those. . "Hit & miss" would be a good way of replacing solid fence panels with something equally secure as far as dogs etc are concerned.  You'd not prevent cats from gaining access though, as they are good at climbing!

My garden is surrounded by fields, and the boundaries are a mix of hedging and post & rail fencing which has what's called "stock netting" along that part of it.  The stock netting is also along the hedges - attached to short posts which were put in very close to the hedge some years ago and since then the hedge has grown through a bit so that neither the posts or netting there are visible now.  It's totally "dog-proof" but small creatures can find their way through.  I guess that if you google "stock netting" you'll see what I mean.

Garden fence

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:40

The deeds to the property should indicate the ownership/responsibilities relating to the boundaries.   The usual way of showing this is a tiny symbol which looks like a capital letter T on the site plan  -  like this:


which means that the owner of the land above the line owns/is responsible for the boundary.  If the T were upside down - beneath the line - whoever owned that land would be responsible.  It's not very likely - in a development where gardens adjoin - that one person would "own" all the boundaries.  Quite often it's one side of the plot and perhaps the rear boundary, if there's no other property to the rear.  It used to be fairly easy to recognise this, as fence panels often have  a "back" and a "front", and years ago people used to fix the fencing so that the "back" faced on to their garden area, with the "front" facing outwards.

Some panels look the same on both sides, and sometimes people say that they want what they feel is the "best looking" side to face their own garden - so in both these instances it's very hard to tell whose fence it is.

If the rear of the plot backs on to (or was) part of open ground it's possible that when it was purchased for development the purchaser was responsible for erecting some kind of fence on completion of that purchase.

As a result of all this, it can be a bit of a nightmare sometimes to work it all out, so the first thing I'd suggest you do is to contact the solicitor/conveyancer you used when buying the property so that you can establish just what your rights and responsibilities are.  If you have a mortgage, the deeds may not be with the solicitor now, but the Land Registry is something to check and you may be able to do that on-line yourself.

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Small earth mounds on lawn

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 15:01

Quite some worm or bee to make hills 2" x 8"  !

Small earth mounds on lawn

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 14:22

I think they really are most likely to be molehills - a mole is so small (5-6 inches long and 5 oz in weight) that to push up "rough soil" is something it can't physically do.  It's best not merely to flatten the mound - in which case the grass won't grow back quickly - but to brush or rake the soil away.  Inevitably the tunnels underground will eventually make the lawn surface a bit uneven, but since moles don't usually find what they need to eat in very clay-ey soil, the soft soil (which is where they find their food) will settle fairly quickly.  It helps if you have a fairly heavy mower with a rear roller.

 The culprit is almost certainly a single mole - they are solitary creatures and only get together to mate, so if you can find a way of discouraging it from your garden ( lots of different non-chemical and non-violent means may be used)   this could solve your current problem.


Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:07

It looks as though this is Steve 137's first post, so it's not clear whether or not he actually grows his own crop.  I know that lots of shoppers don't actually look at the label on the bag of potatoes when they buy them, and since there are so many more different types available these days perhaps he's been buying a variety which he's not used before and hadn't realised.

Ref Cara - I used to buy them but have noticed that these past few years they've not been for sale in the normal supermarkets.  Presumably the commercial growers have abandoned them and have turned to other varieties for increased disease resistance and higher yield.  Although "new potatoes" are grown commercially round here, the others are a variety for a well-known brand of frozen chips..

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