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Latest posts by LeadFarmer

New compost corner full of ants and eggs

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 17:20

I also get ants and eggs in my compost. I ignore them, and continue to turn the compost when needed, as if they weren't there.

honeysuckle problem

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 00:17

I used a water and bicarbonate of soda solution to great effect on an aphid infected plant.

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 22:54

My wife has saved a bee today that looked almost dead. I quick supply of sugar water and the bee perked up and walked off. My wife could see it actually drinking it up...




Posted: 14/06/2015 at 23:05

I have a compost thermometer and having mixed fresh grass clipping into my compost, with a thick layer on top for insulation, the temperature quickly gets above 40/50 degrees.


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 17:14

I understand your predicement but it would be a shame to destroy their nest. They will leave at some point but I can't say when. Maybe when they have left you can relocate the box elsewhere so if they return to it they won't be bothering you?

Grass Edging on a Pond

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 17:11

I think Monty might have used rockwool when they rebuilt the pond (lake) at Berryfields a few years ago. I recall they had professionals in to make a clay liner?


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 14:39

Grass cutting do help my compost get really hot. You can store compost anywhere, maybe cover it to stop the rain washing it away?

Grass Edging on a Pond

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 14:36

I have no knowledge of rockwool. Alan Titchmarsh did once laygrass turf so that it overlapped the edge of the pond and went a couple of inches into the water.

Nesting boxes

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 09:06

Looks like the blackbird nest behind my garage has been abandoned/attacked? She was happy sitting on the nest leading upto my two week holiday. Upon my return home the other day the nest is empty, although there are no signs of broken egg. What a shame.


Nesting boxes

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 08:58

It was a small piece of expandable/collabsable trellis from B&Q that was quite cheap to buy from their outdoor garden section.

Tits and sparrows can easily get through the trellis, especially if there are live mealworms to be had. I put a sting of gardening wire across the gap higher up to stop larger birds getting through, but a starling did manage to squeeze through the other day. It took nearly all the worms in one sitting. But seeing as they are in decline and maybe feeding young, I let it be.

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Photos of your ponds please

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I'd like a plant like this...

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Any good lawn mower forums?

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