Latest posts by ladygardener2

birds in my garden

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 17:13

I've seen them around where my Daughter lives as well. Lovely birds.

birds in my garden

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 10:48

I have several Goldfinch which have been coming for years, I attract and keep them by giving them Sunflower hearts instead of seeds. They love them. Also have the usual Blue Tits and Great Tits and Chaffinch and Robin.

At the ground feeders I have a beautiful brown speckled Thrush who comes every winter for the past few year, just on it's own and really is'nt too shy now at all. Also have the Blackbirds, one male and another ?female or a young male. They eat suet pellets which I put out daily as well as mealyworms and eat from a fat block that I replace when I need to.

The bird table has fat balls in the cages and mealyworms daily. The Starlings eat here as well as on the ground or at the hanging fat block feeder.

Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 10:36

Teasel is brilliant for both birds and bees. I grow Comfrey at the allotment and it's always full of bees. Single Dahlia are loved by bees as are Cosmos. Hope this helps, I do my best to have a variety of plants every year for all the pollinators and leave the Buddlea uncut over winter as the birds perch on it daily while waiting their turn at the sunflower heart feeder.


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 10:26

I agree, I buy mine in January and set them into egg boxes to chit. It's often middle or end of March before I plant.

Another little thing I do is rub off chits if there are more than about 3. I've heard that this is plenty for 1 seed potato to cope with and will produce a good crop. I'm happy enough with my crops.

I always grow Charlotte and this year will have Swift as well as they're very quick and I've had them before.

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 10:01

The milk I buy is from local suppliers. I'd be happy to pay more if I thought it would go to the farmer but I doubt it would. I do buy free range eggs and have found that depending where you buy them, they're not that much more expensive than battery laid eggs.

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 09:54

Thanks everyone.

Janurary Plants; Which are the easiest?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 08:20

I've been sorting out seeds. A few weeks ago I planted 3 bare root Roses into pots and one into the ground. At that stage we'd hardly had any frost at all and the soil was easy enough to work.

My Daughter has recently bought me a few shrubs./ trees in pots and I'll plant them out when I get them so long as we don't have frost, most likely February.

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 08:15

Can someone explain why there are 2 new threads now please. Thanks Dovefromabove for the link. I see one thread is in Plants and the other is in The Potting Shed.

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 06:32

Well done for starting this thread. I'm currently going through my seeds and will post a list when I'm done although none of them are unusual and some are saved.

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 18:39

The ground is frozen here too. I think it's to stay that way for most of this week.

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