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Frogspawn 2015

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 13:38

Thanks Daisy.  Checked all the spawn this morning and some of it is just about hatching, so the frosting doesn't seem to have affected it to any noticeable degree.  We now have over 20 lots and still going, although slowed down quite considerably now.  I am impressed with all your pictures of frogs as I have only seen one pop its head up when the sun was shining. Although, if it all hatches, we will have thousands of taddies, last year I watched fascinated as the blackbirds scooped them out of the pond and ate them when they were quite small, so that will account for quite a few as we are ksuffering from an over population of blackbirds this year..

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 09:18

Just to confirm that it is not just those two stores.  I live near a Morrisons and have bought at least 20 clematis from them over the past three years.  I can honestly say that despite picking out all different named varieties I have ended up with nearly all the same variety, so do not be deceived by the pretty pictures, you are probably only getting a choice of two or three!!  Very disappointing when you carefully arrange your planting with a colour scheme in mind!!


Frogspawn 2015

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 12:31

Ros on Wye - had first last Saturday (14th - Valentines day - aahhh!!) and this morning there was nine lots.  Earlier than last year by two weeks.  Don't know how much will survive as getting frosted most nights, but time will tell.  Had a whole load of building work done in the garden this autumn and was worried the frogs may have been harmed as we could still hear them croaking on the bank where work was done.  Needn't have worried.  Spring is definitely on the way, snowdrops in full bloom as are early crocus and hellebores.  Birds are singing, heard first blackbird yesterday.  Big smile on my face


Help - I need to move frogs

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 09:49

Can anyone make any suggestions?  I need to clear a bank, approx 7 metres long and 4 metres wide that is covered in weeds and Bergenia, in order to put in sleepers at the lower level and to infill to obtain a level surface to half deck and half make into flower bed.  However the bank as it stands is full of frogs.  I know this as when sat out on the path by the bank we can often hear them croaking away.  My problem is if I take them from the bank as I clear it and put them in another part of the garden (have a wildlife area and pond) I assume they will make their way back to the bank.  This job will take some time as I work full time and am 'not as young as I was', but I don't want any getting hurt or even trapped inside when the timbers are put in and soil and hardcore put in to fill the void.  Any ideas would be gratefully received.

sweetcorn/ storing it

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 10:35

Firstly have you tried picking and eating straight from the plant - absolutely delicious.  However I just put a tablespoon or so of water on a plate, but 'peeled' sweetcorn cob on the plate and nuke for 1 1/2 minutes on full power, turn over and repeat.  They are then ready for the kernels to be cut off and frozen.  Never fails.  Good luck.  I ate all mine some time ago as ready really early this year.  Wished I had done successive sowings so I still had some to eat - lucky you.

Bargins on the high street

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:27

Agree with Mrs T - seeds from T & M always have really bad germination rate and have ordered plants from Parkers and had great losses.  However, have bought at least 20 clematis and honeysuckle from Morrisons (when freshly in) and had 100% success - all for £2 each. Most have flowered this year as well, which was a bonus as they are only young plants.  The ones I bought last year have given a superb display this year.

Tomato variety suggestions

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 11:45

Shop bought Toms don't hold a candle to home grown ones.  I have to say I get quite depressed when I have picked that very last of my homw grown toms - does anyone feel the same?

Tomato variety suggestions

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 11:12

I have been growing Hungarian Strawberry for the last couple of years, along with lots of smaller ones (and also Costoluta (mentioned previously).  I really like the hungarian Strawberry (available from Real Seeds) but mainly use both of these in cooking, leaving the Cherry types for eating, i.e. Sungold, Ildi and Black Russion.  Tried this for the first time this year and quite impressed.  Always save my seeds as I never know what I am going to get the next year, but always delicious.

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:56

Just love them cooked with butter until browning - so delicious.

Canada Geese going home : (

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 09:07

Still got second brood of house martins in the nest.  Just starting to poke their heads out, but guess they won't be fledging for at least another week.

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