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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.

Crown Prince squash???

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 09:01

I have grown Crown Prince this year, along with Honey Bear, Celebration, Black Futsi and a couple of others whose names I can't recall.  I have to say this is my first year with Crown Prince and they are Huge, bigger than a football, but such a wonderful silver grey.  I certainly wouldn't like to speculate on what you have got there Dove, but lets hope we have a long warm autumn so you get something worthwhile from it.  I started another forum topic yesterday as I wasn't sure when to harvest as the weather has certainly brought them on quickly this year.


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 14:28

I am envious of you Yviestevie as I have been looking for comfrey for ages, after moving house and leaving my existing clumps behind..  Had to grow it from seed this year, and it is at last taking off.  I harvest it regularly to make comfrey tea to feed my tomatoes all through the season, and also to lay on the ground around the veg area.  It makes a great addition to the compost heaps as well, so I use a lot of it and because I cut it so regularly it never seems to get out of control.  Plus the bees love the flowers, so good all round from my point of view

Winter Squash harvest time

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 14:21

Does anyone know of a squash jam or preserve of some kind?

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Help - I need to move frogs

Clearing out a bank full of frogs 
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Winter Squash harvest time

When to pick 
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