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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! 

Conifer problem

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 13:22

Thanks GemmaJF I'll take a look, I've just seen a very interesting idea - for free standing conifers not hedges though. It is to take off the lower growth flush with the main trunk/stem to produce a sort of lollipop shape (more attractive than it sounds) so gives air and light beneath and around and looks good too.

Conifer problem

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:53

Thanks Verdun - probably a stupid question but by green growth I assume you mean the stems? 

New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 08:16

I plan to make a rill along the edge of a wide established border and various other structural changes - nice to dream.

I have a gardening notebook - I keep clippings, make notes on anything I like the look of, stick in photos etc so I guess more like a notebook sized scrapbook really!

I have never yet managed a year without seed trays marked for one thing and that turn out to be another - doubt I ever will either but could try harder.

Egg dilemma?

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 19:15

Meant to add that if you have hens you can scramble the eggs and feed them to the hens - not raw though as you'd end up with the hens having a taste for raw egg and they may eat their own, very annoying and hard to stop.

Egg dilemma?

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 19:11

You can freeze eggs - break the yolks and give a bit of a stir/mix then put in containers in useful amounts then freeze, will keep for a year. When defrosted are good for cakes or omelettes or anything needing broken eggs.

Not sure I understand the float test result though - if they float they are not edible, if they sink you can eat them.

What do you mean by tested positive so must be out of date? If by out of date you mean they floated then don't eat or freeze. 

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