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Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 23:32

Sutton coldfield=West mids.No flowers on mine yet.They usually flower by the time i open my garden for NGS end July.Perfect timing.However my lilies have flowered early.

Talkback: Three ways to improve your pond

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 22:45

iI just get a broom and drag it on the surface of the pond,off.Works better than a net.Works for blanket and chick weed


Posted: 03/02/2013 at 16:35

My husband has no choice in the matter.I have several pets inc two dogs a cat guinea pigs and  bred chinchillas for a while.If my husband said i could'nt have something ,it would make me more determined to get it.All you need is a hen house made of wood or plastic.a perch ,a nest box and a run which can be made so easily.The chickens need  to be let out quite early in the morning,pellets and fresh water and a handful of corn later on with a few scraps of food like salad,veg,bread,pasta,it's surprising what they'll eat.And you'll have some lovely fresh eggs every day.They are also very interesting to watch and all have their own individual personalities.I hav'nt got a huge garden,as long as their safe from foxes and they have some room to roam,they make fantastic pets!


Posted: 02/02/2013 at 09:24

thankyou,I do collect them everyday,however in the spring i might let one of the hens sit on the eggs as i have a few friends who would like some chicks.I will separate the hen ffrom the others and put her in a separate pen


Posted: 01/02/2013 at 22:09

I have had no problems with eating the fertilised eggs,they are onlysmall pullet eggs ,but are so creamy.Why cant they be sold?.Also why not have a cockerel with the hens.I'm sure they enjoy his company.He is very tame.I have to pick him up and put him to bed every night.He eats out of my hand and he lets me stroke him!!



Posted: 31/01/2013 at 12:43

I have four hens and a cock.They're coming up to a year now.The amount of eggs i get a day has differed in the winter but always 4 a day in the summer.I have noticed a few feathers around their house ,however i was told not to worry as in the winter they can moult.However i would of thought this was more likely to happen during the summer months.One of my hens'Daisy'seems to very popular with'Burdock'The Cock!Unfortunately she has lost a few feathers where he has pecked at her etc!!!  Iam wondrering if i should separate her from him for a bit? Somone suggested in knitting a coat  to cover her back where its gong bold!I spray the house with red mite spray every couple of months so i think they are clean.I try not to over worry about them .You can get over obsessed with checking poop ,bold spots etc.Lets face it we all ' over spoil our chickens'

what are these insects?

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 17:54

If the lemon tree isn't too big i would clean every leaf with a damp cloth to get rid of them .I do,nt like using chemicals.Iwould put some fertiliser in the soil as it sounds like it,s lacking some nutrients and give it a good drink

Why did you all start gardening?

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 23:56

It all started when i bought my 1st house age 19.Next door invited me round and i was overcome by the smell and the colour in the garden.It was full of hanging baskets with every kind of brightly coloured flower you can imagine.My garden was a square lawn,so boring in comparison.I remember saying to them that  i would love a garden with hanging baskets but would,nt know where to start.The lady gave me a seed tray some seeds and said have ago'If you never try you'll never achieve anything'I did,nt achieve much in that particular garden.Too young,night clubing mostly however later on in my next house i remembered what the previous next door neighbour had said and started to have a dabble and to my surprise i was getting results.Ithen started watching the series 'How to be a gardener'by Alan Titchmarsh and i was totally inspired.I followed all his advice and my garden started to be transformed.Then i started watching 'Open Gardens'on BBC 2 with Carol Klein and realised that my garden was as good as some of the garden featured,that was in 2007/8.I then decided that with a bit more hard work i would contact the NGS and see if my garden was good enough to open next year and raise some moneyfor chariy.The answer was 'YES' All my hard work had paid off,So Thankyou to the next door neighbour all those years ago.I,d love her to come and see it!!

My Garden 2012

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 23:19

You wont believe this.They are lenghs of plastic skirting board left over from our conservatory which was erected 10 years ago.At the time i had little money so i used anything left over,however wood would probably look better, when the grass grows slightly it hides it.At least it wont rot!!

My Garden 2012

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 23:07

Garden looking dreadful at the moment with all the rain.Grass is like mush as i have to walk on it to get to my chickens,hope it grows back OK! Leadfarmer asked what plants i,d used to line my pathways.Buxus Sempervirens,I've shaped them into box balls now they've grown abit bigger however the first lot i put in  a few years ago got box blight so i had to dispose of them on the bonfire and start again ,a common problem at the moment with all the rain we 've been having.Has anyone else had the same problem?

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