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Latest posts by Kezza

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 14:27

wall to wall blue sky and sun in Moray, Scotland  my sister in Hampshire has rain bucketing down, apparently ha ha ha ha ha !

potted acer

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 10:18

Hi Our Gertie

Is it in the sun / wind ?  might be sun / wind burn ?  I lost a lot of leaves from an acer years ago from the wind burn  then it died in a very harsh winter (NE Scotland)


Have a new acer now, just a tiddly one at 2 foot tall, but it is coming along nicely - it's in a very sheltered spot standing in front of a large laurel hedge


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 14:35

I live in NE Scotland, so only have the red squirrels thank goodness.  I'm surrounded by woodland, and I absolutely love the squirrels, and built a special feeder box for them - though the devils don't use it, they use the peanut feeder instead, and the birds use the squirrel feeder box - doh !

I've also named my regular 2 visitors Seb and Stevie - sorry

Stevie is the baby, with a fuzzy blond tail


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:00

solomons seal


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 11:59

solomons seal

whats this bush?

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 14:12

Yes, I agree it's laurel.  I have a great big bush of it as you drive up to my cottage.  It's massive in height and width and I wouldn't be without it at all.  It provides much needed shelter for an acer I planted, and will also provide shelter from the freezing cold winters I get (NE Scotland).  I lost a glorious acer a couple of years ago because I left it exposed to the elements where I used to live, so am having another go at growing one in front of this massive Laurel I have.  I have only had to lop the laurel back a couple of times over the last 18 months or so, I don't find it too imposing, just cut back the odd new shoots that grow.  They are very fleshy and so easy to cut through with secateurs.  In spring, the laurel also produces lovely bunches of white sweet smelling flowers that are quite heady in scent some days, and at the moment it has plump green berry type things on.  If you decide to get rid of your Laurel, I hope you don't live to regret it after

Eating my Poppys Grrrrr !

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:54

Hi Sair118

Might it be ants ?  I had 3 or 4 of my beautiful St George tulips chopped off at the top this year, I wondered what it was as the first 3 were just lopped off with what looked like scissors, but a couple of days later, I watched in anger as a big black ant was climbing round and round the stalk decapitating another tulip flower, so sorry to say peeps, but I pulled the flower off and squished him dead


Just a thought that it might be ants ???


Last year the only plants in my garden to be destroyed were my new Barlow Black Aqualegias - I too thought it was mice at the time, but now wonder if it was ants


Posted: 28/05/2013 at 13:48

Hi Betty Brown Eyes

I got 4 chickens at the beginning of April.  They are my first, and good fun to keep.  They all have their individual characters, and one had the nickname psycho by the end of day 2 she pecks at absolutely everything.  They are friendly and will eat out of your hand.  I get an egg every day from each chicken.  I spent out and bought a ready made coop, and put that within a run I built from scratch.  The run measures 40 foot by 11 and they turned it from grass / moss to dirt / mud within a few days, so they will absolutely destroy any surface area you give them if the run is static.  They love dust bathing, but in the rain, it turns into a complete quagmire and the other day I very nearly went on my posterior.  I don't find them hard work at all, just 5-10 minutes in the morning to make sure they've got water and food for the day, they get a cup of treats to start the day (dried mealworms, sunflower hearts, corn etc), clearing the poop I missed the day before and clearing the poop out their bed.  They're on their own during the day whilst I'm at work, and when I get home I spend another 10 minutes or so making sure they're watered and fed, collect the eggs, clear poop (just to keep the run tidy and clean) and I put out a banana as an afternoon treat.  As they've completely turned the run over to dirt, they get a fresh handful of grass or weeds or carrot tops each day, and any slugs I find in the garden they go mental for.  They put themselves to bed at the very last eeking of daylight, and I just go down to the run and shut the coop door, and lock the door to the run, as double security.

Hope this helps in making a decision.  I'm very glad I got my ladies

Watering the garden your thoughts...

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 14:25

Hi Stuart


Q1: How would you describe the size of your garden?

c) Large


Q2: How do you store rainwater/recycled water in your garden? Please indicate which of the following statements apply:

b)    “I collect rainwater in 2 water butts”


Q3: How do you water your garden? Please mark all of the below methods that apply:

g)    Watering can (filled from a water butt containing rain water)

h)   Other, please specify - hosepipe off a water butt


Q4: If some of the time you water your garden with rainwater what factors make you revert back to tap water?

 if the butts ran dry


Q5: If I was designing a product to water your garden what would the three most important considerations be. Please mark those that are applicable below:

c)    Efficiency: I want to make sure my plants receive adequate water”

g)    Pressure: “I need to ensure there is adequate pressure to successfully water    my garden”

h)   Range: “I need to be able to water my garden at long range without losing pressure”.


what do you think is the best make of bird food you have bought?

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 10:36

Ooooh, that's interesting jatnikapyar - fat balls full of Sand ????  I haven't found that yet, so will have to keep a look out, though must say that the gorgeous long tail tits that visit me regularly now scoff them down no end, I counted 8 all at once on my fat ball feeder cage on Saturday, they love the fat balls.  I also like the mix of soaked oats, fruit etc that you put out for the birds.  I'll try that this weekend and see what happens. 

Discussions started by Kezza

Monty's advice on Strawberries ........

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grass clippings at base of established azalea

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