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what do you think is the best make of bird food you have bought?

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 18:16

I've tried niger seed - no takers - and all sorts of other fancy stuff but what our visitors and residents like best are the ordinary fat balls, peanuts and loose seed for the ground feeders.  I usually find the price of loose peanuts and seed is better than the pre-packaged stuff.  I can buy a mix of broken seeds and grains for just €1,50 a kilo but pay double for mixes with whole sunflower seeds in.  I tend to offer a mix of the two.

They also like the flesh and seeds I scrape from pumpkins, ditto melons in summer (no 1 cat likes those too) plus home made fat and seed loaves and just recently some leftover pumpkin and sultana muffins.

Has anyone got any snow yet?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 15:59

We have snow.  Started last night with just half an inch or so sticking on feilds and gardens and roof tops.  Another  inch or so today and below freezing so it'll stay.  More expected on Tuesday apparently.   Roads seem to have been gritted so OK for now.   Don't know what my gaily budding clems and rhubarb are going to make of it all.


Don't blackbirds like grapes

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 14:47

Green grapes probably look unripe to them and raisins are far more concentrated in terms of sugar and energy.

Grassed area at the side of my house.

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 12:47

A lot depends on preferred colours, preferred season of interest and also how cold and exposed it is in winter as well as how much rain it gets and what type of soil you have - alkaline, neutral, acidic, sandy, silty, loam or clay - and how much maintenance you are able to do.  Some plants look after themselves, others need regular pruning, shaping, dead-heading.

Do you see it from your windows or just when out in the garden?  That makes a difference as to whether it needs to look good all year or just in the more clement months.

Either way, I would plant a mixture of spring bulbs with perennials or maybe a good year round shrub to give foliage, flwoer and maybe perfume a different times throughout the year.s.

small bird watch

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 12:01

Small birds in my garden have been getting very busy too with much chatter and flitting about but yesterday it turned cold and tried to snow so they're all busy stuffing themselves at the feeders and no more messing about for now.

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 08:55

I like the colour Busy.  Very soft and subtle.

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 13:39

I live in Belgium so it's all BRICO, Mr Bricolage or HUBO round here.  Don't like HUBO.    Those shelves look good - similar to the wooden version IKEA sell but better for sheds.

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 07:12

Thanks Busy.  I have some glass shelves I rescued from a shop that was closing down.  I thought they might be good for either the greenhouse or a new shed.  Haven't seen any resin shelves round here but they sound good.   Where did you get yours?

I used Curpinol on our first set of planks for raised beds in the veggie garden.  Easy to apply and lasted several years on untreated wood.  Thanks for reminding me.

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 12:28

Doggies are fine thanks and gve us much pleasure.   Rasta is really enjoying having a playmate but has become a bit barky as she feels teh need to tell Bonzo everything in case he hasn't noticed someone is coming.     Bonzo is just gorgeous.  Very funny and cuddly and playful and has got over his fears of new experiences so has a lot more confidence.   He's quick to learn but can't manage "Sit" for more than a few seconds if there's food on offer.    They both love long walkies with OH at weekends and holidays and get absolutely filthy.

Can't walk them myself at the mo as I'm waiting to have my feet fixed.   Right foot gets done at the end of Jan and, if all goes well, the left foot 2 months later.

How are yours getting along?  

I like the sound of a treatment that shows the wood and fades attractively.    

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 07:59

Hello HCF.  I don't think you can get creosote any more but maybe a wood preserver wood be better than paint..  The new shed will be timber and, I assume, pre-treated.  I've only looked at sizes and shapes available and sustainable wood sources so far.    I want to make sure the one I choose lasts a good long time.   

I won't be storing bird food in there but composts and chicken pellets are likely candidates.    The shed will be in the garden and away from easy road access but good point about window security.

Thanks all.


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