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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:24

That sounds a good idea Fidgetbones, but if there is a slope on the bottle neck (even though put in horizontally) will the bees be able to climb back out? Will it not bee (sorry about the pun!!) too slippery?  If not it is an idea I may use.

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 10:03

Am just about to have a 4' retaining wooden wall built to hold back a bank (SE facing). Will be filled with hardcore and then soil.  Want to incorporate either drilled holes or cut out areas in retaining sleepers to insert bamboo canes, hosepipe lengths, etc., to accommodate solitary bees, bumble bees etc.  Any ideas about hole size and depth and whether drilled holes need to be put in at an angle to prevent water running in.  Any advice, tips gratefully received. Thanks

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:17

Heard a Chiff Chaff yesterday in Gloucestershire and male blackbird carrying small worms, so I guess nestling are about.  Here's to a lovely hot weekend.

Another plant/shrub that needs identifying :) Thank you

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 09:07

I agree with Ribes, but have to say that although it smells of foxes the bees LOVE it as it is an early flowering shrub.  Do think about keeping it if you are considering wildlife in your garden.  It can be kept under control with pruning after it flowers.  Good luck


Spawn 2014

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:40

Sorry, forgot to say Ross On Wye, Herefordshire

Spawn 2014

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:40

Pond built May 2011, one lot of frogspawn last year, so far 9 lots this year.  Am thrilled.  Spotted the first lot last Friday.  However, despite sitting out in the dark and chill and keeping a good way away and not making a noise, haven't heard any croaking!!


First Spring Flowers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:24

Am in Herefordshire and like the rest of you everything is sprouting, including long buds on most of the clematis.  Also found two loads of frog spawn in the pondthis morning, two months earlier than last year!!!  Have to say I have a pink scabious that hasn't stopped flowering at all this winter.  Whats the betting we have a severe cold spell just as the blossom is coming out!!!  Sorry, don't mean to be pessimistic, especially as the sun is shining.


Posted: 27/09/2013 at 10:48

Don't give up James.  I have been slowly working away at my small plot, (unfortunately work gets in the way!!!!!), and get quite disheartened at times.  My energy levels have dropped the older I have got so everything takes so much longer to achieve.  I have turned this to my advantage tho, and just spend more time sitting to catch my breath, considering what needs to be done.  You have really inspired me with your blog, which I have just come upon, and I will be following with interest.




Posted: 29/08/2013 at 12:02

Grew differently this year - no grow bags, but planted toms in largish bottomless pots and in turn put these pots into even larger pots.  Superb crop and so easy to water.  Also put a banana skin in the top of each pot and just watered over it until it rotted down, seems to help keep up the potassium levels.  Fed on a regular basis with my own feed from nettles and comfrey (very smelly!!) but ran out of that a few weeks ago, now just using bought brand.  Lovely to read all your comments, can glean so much helpful information.  Thanks and good cropping.

Garden privacy - alternative to trees

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 09:49

Totally agree with Dovefromabove.  How about leaving the leylandi trunks but taking off all growth and use the trunks to grow up climbers, perhaps attaching rope from each trunk to make a continuous run and then you can underplant.  I would love a walled garden - lucky you!!


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