Kate Bradbury

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Talkback: Making hawthorn ketchup

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 12:38
Thanks for your comments! I think it will catch on oldchipy, why not?

The recipe is here, flowering rose: http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/forum/jam-chutney-preserves/hawthorn-ketchup/

Thanks for the tip, gingercookie!


Talkback: Winter shelter for wildlife

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 15:31
Gorgeous photos Georg, thanks for sharing! I used to live very close to a tube station, and had tube mice in the house. They were the bravest mice I have ever known. Once I found one in the kitchen sink (it had fallen in and got stuck). I released it into the garden and watched it trot straight back in. Another time I was revising for my RHS exams and one came and sniffed my foot! Very cute but I didn't like all the scampering at night. I'm glad where I live now the wood mice tend to stay in the garden!


Talkback: Winter shelter for wildlife

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 09:56
Thanks for your comments! I like my little mice donutmrs but I don't really like it when they come in the house, especially when this one got stuck under the fridge! And yes, flowering rose, rats can be a nightmare. Trays beneath feeders a must!


Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 14:48

Inkadog - yes please to the apple chow recipe!



Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 09:25


Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 11:48

Let me know how you get on Alan! I've got through half my jar already - absolutely love the stuff.


Talkback: Planting snake's head fritillaries

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 11:46

Hi everyone, thanks for your comments. That's a great tip about soaking the bulbs before planting them, obelixx.

Regarding lily beetle, I've heard that if you lay newspaper beneath the plants and knock the adults off the flowers, you can gather them up easily and dispose of them. If you don't use newspaper they can quickly disappear. A systemic pesticide will kill lily beetle, but the chemicals will also be taken into the pollen and nectar of the flowers and be collected by bees, which doesn't kill them outright but can cause problems for them back at the nest. I've not had lily beetle on my fritillaries yet but it's only a matter of time!



Talkback: Wildlife ponds

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 08:51
Thanks for all your comments! Let's hope we all live long lives and can have the garden of our dreams.


Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:19
Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside...


Talkback: A difficult year for wasps

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:18
@oldchippy lovely that you saw swallows! I saw some house martins today, perhaps on their way back to Africa. I'm not sure about your conifer pollen, I think some pine trees do shed pollen in autumn...

@donutmrs hopefully next year will be better for them

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Unusual bird behaviour

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Talkback: Queen wasp

Lovely x x 
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Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside... Kate 
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Potted ponds in Thailand

Just some of the many 'potted ponds' I found in Thailand 
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Favourite tools

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Redesign of garden

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Seed buying

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Plants still in flower?

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