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Remember to wash your bird feeders

Posted: Yesterday at 21:10

Thanks Pansyface.  Identical, I think - the GC sells lots of Gardman products so that would figure.


Posted: Yesterday at 21:06

Happy birthday Bekkie! 

Hi everyone, from the comfy sofa... 

Beaus Mum - you'd recognise me today by my Quasimodo hunch back   after an entire morning spent kneeling on the block paving, then long afternoon mowing, edging, weeding, clearing leaves, pruning rampant shrubs - and clearing up by the light of the nearby street lamp.  The green recycling bin is stuffed to overflowing.

2 days to go... wish I had longer to sort this garden out.   But at least it's beginning to look a bit more cared-for, so if my daughter and her OH decide to put the house on the market, it'll be more saleable.  And if they don't, it'll be much less depressing for my daughter (the gardener), until she has time to get to grips with the garden herself.

Great David Attenborough programme to watch, if I can stay awake! 

Remember to wash your bird feeders

Posted: Yesterday at 20:02

Sorry Artjak, can't remember - but it came from my local GC so I'll check next time I'm in.

Remember to wash your bird feeders

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 22:33

It would be good if bird feeders were easier to clean.  My squirrel-proof seed feeder is well made, but to take it to bits you need an appropriate sized screwdriver, and then 3 hands (actually I borrow one of OH's!) to reassemble it, or the fiddly little nut falls out before you can get the bolt back in.

I gave my son a feeder held together with magnets, which is much easier to clean.  Expensive though, and not squirrel-proof.

Recycling Bin

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 22:20

Some things are best not composted at home.  Many teabags aren't paper-based but are made of some sort of polypropylene stuff, which explains why they still pop up in my veg patch 7 years after I put them in the compost.  Now I empty teabags out into my composting bucket, and throw the outers in the bin - my OH thinks I'm mad...   

The starch based compost bucket liners are supposed to be compostable but they too reappear for years in the garden - apparently they need heat (as produced in commercial compost systems) to break down properly.

Don't compost any cooked food because it encourages rats.

You can compost poo and bedding from herbivores but not carnivores.  Urine is a good compost activator (it speeds up the process).

My Christmas present (gardening) list

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 22:06

I'd love a shredder.  And somewhere to store it...


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 21:40

That's great, OL - those stars are just reward for all your hard work. 

Dove, I agree about that Welsh rock face on Monty's programme.  Beautiful!  I'd love a garden with "in situ" rocks...

Thanks folks for good wishes re daughter and family.  They got to Ireland for their holiday, though rather later than expected because of ferry disruption.  In spite of the rain they think it's beautiful.

Meanwhile, I've spent hours on my hands and knees weeding their block paving drive.  (Might need additional weedkiller for regrowth of dandelions I think.)  Not yet finished but it already looks better... and this afternoon the rain stopped and it warmed up a bit! 


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 21:02

Hi folks.  Finally managed to get my hands on the laptop again...    OH managed to miss the storm by staying for a gossip after his meeting (who says women chat more than men!), so it was merely damp and windy when he returned. 

Hope it's brighter tomorrow!  I'm off to Warrington to my daughter's, to tidy up her garden in the expectation she and her OH will decide to take up the opportunity to live in Galway.  She and her family are, in their turn, hoping the ferries are running tomorrow - the start of their mini-break in Ireland to see if they like the look of it.  I gather the stumbling block may be the Irish health service, which is reputedly not great, so that nearly half the population have private health insurance.  Existing conditions aren't covered by insurance for the first six months, even for babies, so their 6-month-old daughter's digestive problems might make the move impossible.  We shall see...


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 11:42

Hello all!  Horizontal rain, nasty yellow sky and thunder here.  But not too much wind, so I suppose we should be thankful...  Bit worried about OH, battling home through this weather.  Better put the kettle on I think... 

Talkback: How to plant a blackcurrant bush

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 20:22

You could try that, Elizabeth.  If you cut it back, you could stick some of the "cuttings" in a spare bit of soil - they root very easily, so if your large blackcurrant bush objected to the move you'd have another to replace it.

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is it too late this year? 
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Any organic control, please? 
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