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Latest posts by LeadFarmer

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.


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 23:28

I like to have plenty of both purple and white foxgloves. But Im finding it increasingly difficult to buy purple foxglove plants. Garden centres seem to concentrate on selling hybrid colours instead. Im having to revert to seed this year.

Unknown plant on GW?

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 22:56
Thanks everyone. Now that I know is a Kerria I can now find out the best way of pruning it.

Unknown plant on GW?

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 15:36

Thanks nutcutlet. I was wondering if it was the same plant I have in my garden, which I have never got around to identifying, but I think the flowers look slightly different...



Unknown plant on GW?

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 13:22

Anyone know what the tall yellow flowered plant to Montys right is please? Its from an episode back on 11th July 2014...


Stones to use in wildlife pond

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 19:29

I intend to use paddlestones when I build my wildlife pond, as another member used in theirs...


Discussions started by LeadFarmer

Removing mould on plant pots?

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Last Post: 18/11/2015 at 15:58

Where are we ordering our summer bulbs from?

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Last Post: 29/09/2015 at 19:33

Safe place for planting pot grown oak trees

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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 21:50

Seeds from tall Foxgloves

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Last Post: 17/07/2015 at 09:50

3 yrs of Gardeners World recordings

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Last Post: 26/03/2015 at 17:36

Unknown plant on GW?

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Last Post: 09/11/2014 at 11:06

Which birds nest is this?

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Last Post: 02/07/2014 at 11:12

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 10:52

Photos of your ponds please

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Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 13:42

Seed Potato Suppliers

Where do you buy from? 
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Last Post: 24/02/2014 at 16:08

I'd like a plant like this...

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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 22:17

Ornamental grass seed?

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Last Post: 31/05/2015 at 23:21

Any good lawn mower forums?

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Last Post: 30/05/2015 at 14:10

Buying Sweet Pea Monty Don seeds?

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Last Post: 22/01/2014 at 22:11

Planting suggestions for new path?

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