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

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 22:09

Being country birds ours love corn of all descriptions.  Our garden backs on to arable fields and it's a mad house at harvest time when there's wheat, barley or oats being spilled as they harvest and then along the sides of the road where it falls from the trailers being driven to the weighing station.

Allotment Wars- BBC1 Tuesday 22nd January

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 14:34

The BIg Dig went out mid afternoon and everyone complained that anyone interested in allotments was either at their allotment or collecting their kids from school so an evening slot seems eminently reasonable to me.

Has anyone got any snow yet?

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 09:59

-13C at 8am thi smorning and another fall of snow overnight.which makes 3" sitting on my sleeper walls and garden table.

More heavy snow expected at the weekend.  Dreadful timing as it's the dance club's annual ball and I expect a lot of punters to duck out.  More space for dancing though not for me as I have a major foot op coming up on the 28th.

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.

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