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What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:40

Only joking. 

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:16

Wow, you made strawberry jam at the dentist. Excellent

dying hedge

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:08

It was about 3ft deep at its deepest part, with a shelf around the edge and a gentle slope from the edge. To be honest I used the hole left behind from the tree, just reshaped it a little.

Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 22:35

Your right, the tits still go out and return with grubs/flies etc. I think feeding live meal worms etc helps take some of the strain off the parents, and gives them something to eat as well. Packed with protien.

dying hedge

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 22:31

My thought exactly...



Threelawney, I hope the above is of use to you. HF can also grow on dead tree stumps if you have any in your garden. Saying that, yours might not be a privet hedge!

dying hedge

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 22:26

True. But its branches were rotting away...



I can only assume it had honey fungus as they are prone to it. I took a gamble to be honest. I didnt want to loose the tree but I defunately didnt want to loose the hedge. But the tree got its own back, when lifting out the root ball I did my back in and two years later my back still isnt right!  

dying hedge

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 22:20

The reason I thought that is because my privet suffered from honey fungus. I think it was coming from a nearby cherry tree that was rotting.


Heres a photo of the affected hedge, you can see the colur chage of the affected area...


I had to cut down the beautiful cherry tree and chase out its roots. No easy task. I waited for the cherry tree to have one last blossom before cutting it down. Heres the cherry tree in its final blossom...


And after its demise,


 I took the opportunity of creating a wildlife pond in its place...


I then had to dig out the affected parts of the hedge, along with a few healthy parts next to it. Fortunately I had some privet elsewhere in the garden to replace it with, So far its looking healthy. Fingers crossed. But I do miss that cherry tree

Lurking under pots and trays

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 22:05

They grow into crocodiles you know. Perfect for keeping next door kids out of your garden

Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:56

I posted these pictures in the Potting Shed section but I guess they should really belong here. Also it might prompt others to consider putting food out for our nesting birds. Hopefully clicking on the photos will enlarge them...

I have blue tits nesting in my patio so I bought a half kilo sack of live meal worms for them...



 Placed an a glass dish and covered by a fird feeder cage...



 Nest box on my patio (viewed through patio window from my armchair)...



Soon after I was overjoyed as the blue tits found them and started tucking in, then taking them to their chicks in the nest box...


Im filling the dish up twice a day. Also had a nuthatch feeding on them today. 


What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:49

Im very jealous Gardengirl, I have them visit my garden but would love them to nest in it.

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