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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...

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

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/IMG_6802_zpsrnhz6n0a.jpg

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..

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

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51189.jpg?width=350

 

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. 

compost

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.

Digitalis

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...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/006-2.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/KerriajaponicaPleniflora.jpg

 

 

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...

 

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Safe place for planting pot grown oak trees

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3 yrs of Gardeners World recordings

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Unknown plant on GW?

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Which birds nest is this?

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Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

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