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Posted: 04/10/2014 at 13:48

Pam, if you can get hold of a copy of Ian Newton's 'Bird Migration' (Collins, 2010) you can see a lot of the most recent and most fascinating research.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 13:23

Philippa, you're very lucky to have a Peregrine as a garden bird.

A couple of questions for Uni

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 13:14

The garden sizes are a strangely limited range.

Nettle jungle

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 14:36

I would dig/pull out as many with roots as you can be bothered to now. Then glyphosate them when they're about a foot high next spring. Any remaining can be sprayed again in June/July. I reckon that will pretty well finish them

To cut back or not to cut back...

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 15:09

Like a lot of perennials the old leaves get a bit mildewed in late summer. I'd just cut back all the old growth now.

I've never been convinced about the common advice that hardy perennials need protecting from frost by leaving the foliage on.

Hedge not looking well

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:41

It looks like privet and it's just had a bit of a shock, particularly if you've had the dry weather up there too. There appear to be new leaves coming. It's a hell of a job to kill it, so don't worry.

Pheasants attack the plums

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 17:15

I'm sure there must be some sort of plum sauce (jus) that would go nicely with pheasant.

Shrivelling fuchsias

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 07:03

I agree with Verdun. We've had a long, mostly dry summer.

water borne diseases

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 07:02

There was a programme on Radio 4 this week about the spread of mosquitos, including possibly malarial ones, as the climate changes. I only caught a bit of it and you've reminded me that I meant to look for it on 'listen again'.

best mower for sloping lawn

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 06:56

Health and Safety is there for a reason - in this case to stop you shredding your feet.

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