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Incorporating Pet Friendly Ideas

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 18:48

Ha - I agree, chickens are good at doing what they need to for their own happiness! Mine spend hours clearing away debris from underneath the birdtables - useful to deter mice and rats, although having said that both feeding stations have very fat and shiny bank voles living underneath them! 

Conifer problem

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 18:45

Thanks Verdun I had a feeling that would be the case. My own fault for not paying more attention! 

Do you think they will become more dense over time with regular pruning? How do I prune them - is it cutting back to just before old wood? I was advised to do that in autumn so did it then - do I prune again in spring? 

I don't know what they are, I'll post a photo tomorrow but they grow in a similar way to Thuja orientalis -Aurea nana. Thet aren't this but have that same sort of overall shape, much bigger and more green than yellow.

Incorporating Pet Friendly Ideas

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 18:03

I let my border/beardie collie cross in the garden from the beginning but she wasn't allowed on any beds or borders. I made very clear edges so that she could see where the difference was. I agree with higher post about designating a toilet area, well worth the effort. A slightly more tricky thing I found was teaching my dog to run round things rather than through them, but eventually we have come to agree on routes. Ihave chickens too - Welsommers and Cream Legbars. They do a great deal of good eating up undesirable slugs etc. They are only really a problem when seedbeds and nursery areas have new plants so I cover them in mesh then they can stomp to their heart's content. I have a run too so that they can be kept in till all precautions have been taken. Their helpful clearing of bugs outweighs their nuisance value.

The most difficult part was making peace between dog and hens - puppies chase anything so that was tricky for a while!

Conifer problem

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 17:54

When I moved here 3 years ago there were 2 conifer bushes shaped like balls in the garden, they grow from one central 'stem' from just above ground level and are globe like. They were almost rock hard and dense so that you could lean against them and they wouldn't move, except to wobble, they didn't yield like a hedge would.

I seem not to have noticed them growing quietly away into shrubs almost 7' tall and 15' round. 

So under my not so watchful eye they have become loose and more open and have lost their jelly like structure.

My question(s) is - is it possible to return them to their smaller/denser state by pruning? Or can I now only hope to keep them the size they are by regular pruning - and if that's the case will they become denser over time - if so it's ok because the garden can take the size. I suppose i just need to get them under control and keep them that way! Just don't know how or when to prune - they are trimmed right now .

I had grandiose ideas of topiary at one stage but don't know if that's possible with conifer - I don't know what species they are but can post a photo tomorrow if it would help - too dark now.

Perhaps a Survey worth doing...

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 16:32

I've just completed the survey - be interesting to see what happens next, it may still be that my garden doesn't fit the bill but I bet there are hundreds of gardens affected by drought/flooding. 

Bossy Birds!

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 16:06

Here it is one of a pair of nuthatches that whizzes up and down all the feeders clearing everything else away until the gs woodpeckers arrive then he eats away quite peacefully with all the other birds as they return. I have 1 robin that pushes another robin away but tolerates all other birds and a chaffinch that does the same - only objects to other chaffinches.

That's one terrifying pigeon Edd!

Fallen leaves on veg beds

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 20:10

A very timely question/answers for me - I'd been wondering the same thing as Tenorbrew. Great advice - although my nearest neighbour is almost a quarter of a mile away so no garden vacs for me.

Mole hills

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 20:04

Oh what a relief - you let him go, I was reading your post with such anxiety. I have moles in my garden too sometimes but bank voles were far more of a problem this year, they damaged my shallot and onion crops quite badly.

Grass cutting

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 19:50

Ah yes sthldngrower that's exactly what happened to me last year - an absolute nightmare of long grass and tussocks plus all the seed heads etc. Of course since I posted my question it's been raining every day but I'm hoping to get out there as soon as a dry day appears.

Thanks everyone for your help.

Bonfire ash

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 19:46

That's good advice, thanks all. I've just read that it is best to keep it covered or you lose the nutrients.

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