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Bee Pitstop

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 22:05

Ive just been watching an old recording of a tv programme about the decline of bees. Apparently they use several litres of water each day to keep their hive cool, and it would require a single bee to make 40,000 trips to provide just one litre of water. So dont forget to ensure there is a water supply in your garden.

Monty's wildlife garden

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 18:16

Great pictures GemmaJF. Where did you get your barley straw balls from please?

 

Nuclear option for weeds?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 22:20

Resiblock isn't cheap. If you phone them direct then they sell dented tins cheaper, thats what I did. Or they may be available on eBay.

Take care where you put the mouse traps

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 15:34

Lynn, the trick is to use lots of traps at the same time. I did once have a frog caught in one of my mouse traps in my garage!

But over the time I've been using them I've caught lots and lots of mice, heres a tally Ive kept on my garage wall...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/IMG_6630_zps4bf5efef.jpg

 

Nuclear option for weeds?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 15:29

Heres some photos I took when my block paved drive was installed 2 yrs ago...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/House/Untitled-7_zpsf2e31b65.jpg

 

And heres a photo a few weeks later after applying Resiblock sealant...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/House/ResiblockNextDay1_zps607699e9.jpg

 

The weeds have never appeared. In fact I have a regular oil leak from my car and I can simply wash the oil away without leaving any stains...

Before..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/House/IMG_7219_zpskdobqh25.jpg

 

After...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/House/IMG_7228_zpsvs4ukwsb.jpg

 

Heres the Resiblock I used...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/House/ResiblockKit5-001_zps8c2c83d6.jpg

 

Nuclear option for weeds?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 01:16
On my block paved drive I sealed it with Resiblock sealant. It's not cheap, but it stops the weeds dead. It works by setting hard the sand between the pavers. It does darken the clout of the pavers though. It also repels oil, which is useful as I park my LR Defender on the drive which likes to leak oil.

To drench or not to drench a rhoddie

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 23:50

If by drench you mean giving it lots of water then I think the time to do it is when its forming its buds, which I think is around Autumn to October time?

Clay soil, digging it out

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 21:34

A good point, thanks GemmaJF

Clay soil, digging it out

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 19:20

Im on heavy clay also. In my front garden I recently had to dig a hole 4ft deep and it was still clay. I have nowhere to drain water to either. Any soakaways I've made have just held the water, and the problem returns. 

Im relaying a new lawn this year and I shall first remove the old turf, rotate the compacted soil, add more top soil and sand, and rotate this into the existing soil. By rotating the area and raising the lawn a couple of inches I hope this will improve the situation.

Spring Bulbs leftover from Autumn

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 21:46

I have a collection of tip bulbs that I threw into an empty plant pot (no soil) last autumn, and they remained there over winter as I never got around to throwing them out. A few weeks ago I noticed they had sprouted and so I've planted them up.

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I'd like a plant like this...

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Editing posts?

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