Mrs G

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Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 18:00

I got Little Maid last year for the patio, it's a small variety and the flowers are white and yellow. It repeat flower when dead headed and I was pleased overall as it was only its first year.

hacking back my hedge

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 14:18

If it definitely is privet it can be cut back really hard into old wood. It'll look like a massacre for a bit but it will come back.  Don't cut during frosty weather, you could leave until spring now to limit the period of staring a a hideous mess.  Give a feed when weather warms up in spring.  You will have loads of material to shed or take to the tip so plan ahead for this.

My best Xmas present

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 19:29

That is a stirlng job he's done wrapping that!

Clearing out bird boxes

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 14:53

Just boiling water is the best thing to use to clean them then let them air dry but I agree with above posters, Autumn would have been the best time. Tits do start looking very early.

Brown spiky growth on pear tree leaves

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 11:48

Remove the leaves and burn them rather than compost them.  If the leaves have fallen collect and burn.  It's a fungal thing (some sort of rust I think) the spores overwinter on juniper then move to the pear tree.  Mine had it the last two years, I remove effected leaves straight away to keep it under control but my tree is still small.  It can reduce vigour and fruit yield if left unchecked. Not sure about your maggot issue sorry.

Feeding birds Yes or No

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 16:10

Just a thought, has the food got a lot of wheat, cracked corn, split peas in that the birds are intentionally scattering? Any food that gets dropped in our garden immediately gets eaten by the ground feeding birds.  It contains suet pellets, hulled sunflowers, black sunflowers and miscellaneous seeds with added herbal wormer (Vermex).  I get it from wilkos, it's mid price range and the birds really like it.

Autumn Lawn Feed

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 14:45

Oh ok thanks Verdun.

Fast growing hedging

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 11:54

If you do a mixed nature hedge you only need to cut each side on alternate years to allow for flowering and fruiting.  You can still cut the to every year.  If you go for privet or conifer you will have a lot of work keeping it formal and neat.

Autumn Lawn Feed

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 09:31

I thought it toughens up the lawn for winter and makes it stronger for spring?

Autumn Lawn Feed

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 20:12

I haven't used it before Verdun but being on clay and with two chickens, a husband and toddler who don't 'RESPECT THE LAWN' I am willing to give it a go.  Got a new sprog due in Jan too so there won't be much time for any spring maintenance. 

Discussions started by Mrs G

How safe are wasp nests?

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Autumn Lawn Feed

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Plants for Winter interest

North facing clay border 
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Moving clematis

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Feed birds

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Gardening and Chickens

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European Spindle

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mulch query

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Talkback: Dunnocks

I tried clingfilm on the outside of the window but the blue tit just pulled it off! 
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Breeding Frogs

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Mulching with privet

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Ray of Hope

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Flooded Harden

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