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Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 23:26
I do believe that most gardeners also become naturalists in many ways. I confess this is it in my case. I have always had a love for natural history etc. So what have we got. An avid bird lover, who enjoys so much sitting watch, perhaps photographing or even painting and sketchin members of our native birds. So what do we do. Yes. We so often talk to our selves. I must encourage that bird to return. So yes. It is wonderful that we have this relationship with other living creatures. Perhaps a word of caution though. Every living creature on GOD's earth, tends at some point to become a creature of habit. So! what happens. Whether it be fluffy birds of the local fox or whatever. We start feeding it/them. Now in retrospect, that so-called 'wild' creature is Yes it is kind and thoutful etc to cater and care for our friends, but.. Even like us humans. Our wild-life friends also have a natural way of life. I have an elderly lady not romantic. Actually she is the mum of one of my best mates. Recently we were talk, and David Attenborough's name cropped up. Yes Mike, says she. Yes I agree, if it wasn't for his programs. So much would never be made known to us. However. They are all alike. Mating and hunting. Well! Said I. OK. You have a cat. Tell me. What would your cat do, if you stopped feeing it etc. Point taken. So in respect of feeding wildlife etc. Yes be kind and help them out in hard times, but. Think again on the day to day feeding. Please don't take away from them, their natural way of life and survival.

How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:53
I have in particular, two house plants. Both were given to my late wife Valerie, as cuttings. One is the prayer plant. Maanta leuconeure kerchoeans. Also. Hoya bella. Both having resided in my household since the late 1960's

Flower bed in front of bay window - choiysa ternata

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:41
Trying to visualize the bay window etc. The shrub , I feel would do well there. It is not deep rooting and so will not affect the house or foundations. It will provide year-round greenery and then the fragrant flowers. In addition. It will bridge the gap between the window and the pathway. So it will also afford privacy.

Slow cookers

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:35
When I lost my wife. All of a sudden I became aware of rising energy prices. Whereas Val used to do a lot of pastry cooking. I now leave that to my daughter Amanda. I went out and bought a hallogen oven.. Fantastic. Serves me well. Then I have the Microwave, also good. Then having attended a getoether at Amand's with some friends. She had slow cooke a kind of Mexican chilli come curry with chichen etc. She, like her mum is a fab cook and pastry cook. The meal had simmered away for some time in type of slow cooker. It's about 16" Dia 4" deep and is glass domed. Uptil now I haven't used it. I am saving it for a friendly evening at Mike's. Interested?

Gardening Books

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:21
Lyn. 84 Charing Cross Rd. 'Foyles'? If correct. I often wonder how they have escaped the fire regulations. Re; books of the same subject. Val often questioned me on this. OK. AT and I might both write a book on the same topic Both works will have valid differences. Similar to my police days. Takeing down statements of RTA. Everyone saw the accident, but each statement sees it from another angle. The net is fast and convenient but. To pick up a book and browse, sometimes a book written by a friend etc. To me it is like drawing close to them, and whenperhaps pondering over apoint. It is just as if they were there explaining it to me.

Folk-lore. Any truth in it?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 21:49
Victoria. I well know the feeling. I now click on save after each page. Even with a crashed PC, material can be restored, provide it was in a saved situation. Then only a little gets lsot.

Talkback: How to apply mulch

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:35
I totally agree with Bob. Strange really that so many different ideas of mulching exist. Part of the idea, as Bob cited. Always apply the much to moist ground. This has the effect of the heat generation, drawing up the moisture. Then to add my bit. Try and avoid simply getting a load of compost/mulch and dumping it on or around a plant/shrub etc. Just loosen the soil a bit, then apply the new mulch, and as I do. Give it a watering. Then as Bob says, later apply any fertilizers .

This forum

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:26
Well I can't imagine anyone not getting on with Dove.
I subscribe to a couple of forums. This one, the RHS, a camera forum and a police forum. Despite having taken a few knocks on here. I speak most highly of the members and friends. I was shocked and pleased one day, when my phone rang. This young lady introduced herself as a member of this forum She assured me she was a genuine blonde. How she could talk! Still it was so nice and reinforced my heartfelt thoughts about the forum mebership Of course I have also made a new friend with Fishy65. Along with our host Daniel. There is so much knowledge and experienc....practical experience here. Thank you.

Folk-lore. Any truth in it?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:05
Thanks for your replies. Strange really though.
Victoria, how about you writing a book then?

Glass V Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:36
My greenhouse is cedarwood. Boarded to bench height, then glass to the top of the side/end sections. I replaced the roof glass a few years back, choosing twinwall polycarbonate. I cut the sheets to fit the glazing bars, bedded them in with a sealant and glazing pins. Never any problems. Twinwall and triple walled sheets help to prevent heat loss and at the same time afford other temperature changes. Most sheets have a clear sid and the other side proving protection from UV rays. As others have said. Safety is also a major factor to consider.

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