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Nest box positioning

Posted: 29/01/2018 at 13:56

What is the best position / placing for nest boxes please?

Is there a maximum height for them? Do they need to face in a particular direction?

We have a small garden that has many bird visitors on a daily basis. Last year we put out some sheeps wool in a peanut feeder and the Blue Tits used some of it but disappeared elsewhere.

Having developed a love of watching the birds in the garden we would cherish them nesting there but current boxes have stayed stubbornly empty!

Any advice gratefully received.

Taking cuttings from my old rose

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 16:21

Thanks Dove from above. I shall attempt a cutting - something I Have never attempted with any plant before.

Last edited: 21 January 2018 16:22:33

Taking cuttings from my old rose

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 12:45

My daughter started school in 1998 and we planted a beautiful climbing rose "Schoolgirl" at the side of our patio doors.

It has consistently flowered prolifically for all this time until 2017 when the number of flowers was significantly lower in number, their quality wasn't as high and, towards the end of the year, we had a lot of disease (typically blackspot).

I really don't want to lose this plant, for both emotional and aesthetic reasons, so have two questions:

What can I do to bring it back to life?

How do I take cuttings - just in case?



Leaning Amalanchier

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:14

My gorgeous Amalanchier tree leans to one side. It has sun on all sides and was staked until a year ago (it was already leaning then).

I planted it 5 years ago as the start point for my new garden layout. The garden is now nearing completion and, because of other "hard landscape" uprights in the garden it looks even worse.

My main concern, though, isn't how it looks but what will happen to it as its trunk and branches thicken and foliage increases. I fear it could snap!

Is there a method to straighten my tree please?

Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 07:57

I have never soaked. 

I use tall tubes with a seed in each in the greenhouse in January.  I stand the tubes in a plastic  tray once they are full. I then put water into the tray and allow it to soak up Inot the tubes. 

Success every time if you use quality seeds from a reputable supplier.

Good luck

gardening toolbox

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 07:51

Make the container as light as possible without losing strength.

You need only three clips for larger tools on the outside.

Make it waterproof

Weight test the wheels on grass - a loaded box leaving ruts or such like behind will be quickly discarded

Add value by making it able to be sat on or stood on.

If I have to use a wheelbarrow how will I move both its at the same time (persuade me to use your box rather than just putting stuff in the wheelbarrow.

Don't make it big enough for everything - just big enough to carry a sensible percentage of our tools / kit

Good luck and ignore the ne'er sayers. Only by doing something will you find what's right.

Fungus on my Acer

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 16:17


Please help me to identify what is happening with my Acer (apologies that the picture appears to have flipped through 90 degrees)

The trunk of the tree (it is only three feet tall but definitely a tree!) is totally covered by an awful looking fungus. However, the canopy is more beautiful than ever and seems totally unaffected.


I would appreciate any advice regarding what is growing on my beautiful tree; what I need to do to remove it (assuming I need to); and whether it is a threat of any sort to the rest of the shrubs and perennials in my small garden.

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 15:52

We have a friendly visiting blackbird - his name is Tony! Not much of a DJ - just like his near namesake!

We also have Williams (the robin), Colin and Colleen (the collared doves) and Harrelson (Wood(y) pigeon).

Finally, any of the cyanistes family that arrive are called politicians - I will leave you to work that one out!

Positioning my greenhouse

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 15:37

Whilst Mrs Moobloon is excited about the new house layout I am finding myself spending hours designing my new garden!

The rear of the house will be a South East (128 degrees) facing oblong with great sunlight in the garden, during summer, from early morning until mid-afternoon (when the sun disappears behind the house). The garden is fenced to five feet on three sides.

i understand consideration being given to power and water but, all things being equal, where is the best position for a greenhouse please?

Weed identification

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 13:28

Thanks both - as you say, very easy to pull and not a major nuisance. I was just concerned that I had been consistently getting rid of something the previous owner had considered a plant!

I will follow your example, Nutcutlet, and let a few grow on.

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