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Secateurs - help with choosing

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 13:07

There is an article in February Gardeners World magazine - a comparison of 20 different pairs of by-pass and anvil secateurs that might help you decide susiejennie.

birds in my garden

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 18:21

Starlings are beautiful birds, their plumage is stunning and when they flock together - murmurate? - there are few sights better. I have a small group that fly around the house, probably about 30 at the moment. Last summer they all took a bath together in some of the puddles on the track then sat on the walls to dry - just so heart warming. I love to hear their busy chatter and see the sun glistening on their feathers.


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 18:13

There is some very helpful info here Brian.


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 08:30

Not usually quite that late Dove - it varies like everywhere else of course but the trick seems to be to have everything ready in the wings for planting as soon as the last frost has gone, and that's the difficult bit! I usually have yards of fleece and piles of newspaper to hand now - the first year I lost my potato tops to frost in May. At least the snowdrops are up to keep me going!




Posted: 14/01/2015 at 18:01

As an afterthought - my veg patch is divided into 4, all are ready except one that has quite a lot of weeds - should I turn them under before adding manure or will the manure smother them?


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 17:26

Thanks everyone for your advice, I'll be spreading tomorrow, the forecast is for below zero next week so I'd better work fast! 


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 16:21

I was planning to do it at the end of last year but stuff got in the way, I'm in Scotland and the 'Do it now' info suggests top digging manure in now. I could wait but the soil really needs a boost..


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 14:41

I have some one year old cow manure - am I right in thinking this can go on the veg garden now?


Frozen pomds

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 18:12

The figures come from the charity Cats Protection - 1197 reports of antifreeze poisoning in the UK since Nov 2012 so I would think their report is accurate.

The article is in Amateur Gardening 3rd January issue.

Frozen pomds

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:04

I was amazed to read in my gardening magazine that nearly 1200 cats died over the last 2 years (very painfully) from drinking from ponds that have antifreeze in to prevent them freezing over.

Hard to credit that anyone would do such a thing but it must be killing a great deal of wildlife too so can I please ask (beg even) everyone not to do this. 


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Frozen pomds

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