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Wildlife Pond

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 16:05

So are you intending on building the new one first, then filling in the current one?

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 13:38

Id say you can create a new one at any time of the year. The question should be 'when is the best time to empty/disturb the current one'.

Are you building a new one elsewhere in the garden, and then filling in the current one, or are you ripping out the current one and rebuilding it in the same location?

Compost babies

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 19:44
If just google images of baby mice, rats & hedgehogs. If you believe they are either of the first two then I'd be 'destroying' them. Or maybe observe the compost for a few hours one evening with a bottle of something nice, and see what comes and goes.

Compost babies

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 19:36

I had rats on my patio earlier in the year and saw them going in my garage. I bought a few bait stations and poison from eBay, along with a few rat traps. I caught half a dozen in the traps and found a couple that had been poisoned. Haven't seen any since.

Compost babies

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 23:50
Kana, could you try switching to a type of feeder that has a tray attached to the bottom, to collect fallen seed?

RSPB online bird food shop has them.

Choice Trees!

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 16:40

Eucalyptus will grow quick to hide that lamp post, and can be cut right down when too tall but will grow back.

Raising the level of a lawn

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 16:38

Why not put a layer of loose hardcore down first to add to drainage, then topsoil on top. Could also add grit/sharp sand to the soil which will also add to drainage and maybe make it cheaper?

Need Inspiration

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 19:29

Shane Bowler, by coincidence that design was what I was going to suggest. Might i suggest a small tree placed in the left border, and one in the far right border to restrict the view to the end of the garden? Maybe something to partially block the view of the door at the end of the garden, to add mystery?

I'd also create a full length border along the fence to increase the planting area. I border along the hedge makes clearing up hedge cuttings difficult.


Perhaps stepping stones in the lawn (low enough to mow over) leading to the first border to the left, continuing through the border (but hidden by plants) and then curving across the lawn to the for right border. This gives an alternative route to the bottom of your garden and keeps the lawn in good order during winter, preventing muddy footprint areas.


Serious bird feeder question!

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 19:23

I attached a seed tray to the underneath of the feeder to save on waste, but the wood pigeons and squirrels found they could sit on it and empty the feeder, scattering food onto the ground.

I tried using cages over my feeders but found the wood pigeons would cling to the cage and empty the feeder, scattering everything onto the ground, the squirrels couldn't get at the feeder but ate the food on the ground. A no win situation.

Nowadays Ive replace the seed tray and cages with an air rifle. Problem solved.

Seeds from tall Foxgloves

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 23:10

Thats suits me nutcutlet, thanks. I only want purple or white.

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