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Latest posts by LeadFarmer

Clematis Montana Var Rubens 'Pink Perfection'

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 16:54

Montana is a lovely Clematis. I have it growing over my garage where I prune it straight after flowering each spring..


But I'm also actively encouraging it to spread further along the garden amongst the border


Nesting boxes

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 21:56
Thanks LucyL, I'll do something similar to my box.

Nesting boxes

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:16
Ive got a camera ready to install in one of my boxes but does anyone know if I need to adapt the box to allow more light in to get a decent picture? I've seen kits available where you drill a 10p size hole and cover with plastic to allow more light in. If this is necessary then I can do that myself without buying the kit.


Posted: 28/01/2015 at 22:54

Definitely get rid of it. I have HF on my privet hedge. 3 yrs ago I dug up and destroyed a large section of it, also dug up the soil and disposed of this also. Replanted new privet which was growing beautifully until signs of HF started reoccurring last year.

Garden programme on Sky 1

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 20:39

I enjoy most gardening programmes, apart from the quiz show type. But my favourite (apart from GW) is Alan Titchmarsh's How To Be A Gardener which I have copied to dvd. I often like to watch it when I get spare time.

Rats feeding on bird food! What to do?

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 18:05

Ive seen the odd rat in my garden, its inevitable really. I put traps and bait boxes out and after catching and killing a few I haven't seen anymore.

Nesting boxes

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 13:39

NOW is certainly the time to ensure all nest boxes are in place.Ive had some success with nest boxes in my garden.

Installed a tit box which was occupied the following spring. Here it is on my garage wall above the bbq...

 Installed another tit book in the apex of my garden shed which was also occupied the following spring..

Just behind the garage and far too close to the first tit box I have a blackbird nest box, I put it there as a temporary fix but blackbirds built a nest the following spring, but sadly didn't lay eggs..

 And then I discovered at the beginning of last winter a beautiful goldfinch nest in my laurel hedge..


So get your nest boxes up everyone, birds will be looking for suitable sites about now, but may not use them until the following year. 


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 15:33

I tip used compost from plant pots onto my compost heap, then chop it up with a spade if its solid with roots.

Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 19:42

The GW website states...

Bees can see the purple more clearly than any other colour, so grow lots of purple plants, such as lavenderalliumsbuddleja and catmint.

Bad news for garden birds

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 14:56

Ive got two sparrow terrace nest boxes that I've been meaning to put up since last winter. Maybe I ought to get on with it.

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