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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. 


getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 14:21

nutcutlet - redwings have a rusty red patch under their wings that can be seen in flight but is also visible at rest just in front of closed wings

do you all know about the British Trust for Ornithology ( - they do a permanent bird count throughout the year. You can still do the RSPB one too but the other gives a good chance to count regularly. To do this one it costs £17 a year to help pay for the research but it is very interesting, I found I had more species in my garden than I realised because you do the counts at the same time each day or week or whatever you choose and for the same duration. I do mine 3x a week whilst eating my lunch so very relaxing!

New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 13:31

I'm planning to have a wiggly rill that will follow the edge of a flower bed - so that it will be less formal than the picture above - and probably less successful if my building skills are anything to go by. I'm doing it on a shoe string so nothing expensive.I'm in the process of taking up the tiles from old kennels at the end of the garden to use as edging, they aren't cemented in thank goodness! 

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