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GW 2015

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 13:21

I know it's early days but is this new series so unremarkable that no-one has anything to say?

I found the first programme uninspiring but then I don't have huge apple trees to prune, or small ones either, and he seemed to spend a great deal of time on those and his pelargoniums which I don't bother to over winter as it's just too cold here.

The second programme was much better and I'm looking forward to seeing how that couple's garden gets on and which trees will go to improve the light and air.   I can't see me sowing broad beans directly for another month unless the soil warms up a great deal so I shall be doing mine in pots this weekend and planting them out later.

I liked the feature on hellebores.

How cruel is this?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 12:33

That looks very good Dove.

Did you get some cup cakes Verdun?  

I've just finished making two large banana and chocolate chip tea breads for a bachata class tomorrow and the scientists on Monday.  Testing Mary Berry's recipe but needed triple quantities for the size of my tins.  

There was a bit left over for cup cakes if you fancy one.  Otherwise OH gets to take them to the office on Monday...

cat deterent

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:53

The cat catches mice.  The dog catches the odd rat.  My problem is with meeces moving into the house for winter and scrabbling around under floorboards where the cat can't go and I can't put poison sachets.

cat deterent

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:39

I have always had cats and have always fed the birds and now have a thriving population of house sparrows and assorted tits living in the eaves and around the garden plus visiting chaffinches and loads of other small brown jobs as well as woodpeckers, turtle doves, jays, robins, blackbirds and so on depending on the season.

You just have to be clever about putting hanging bird feeders high enough for cats not to leap at them and put down ground food away from shelter for pouncing cats.   I also have bushes nearby where the birds can shelter when cats and sparrowhawks are on the prowl.  

My house is surrounded by arable fields and damp pastures and the cat and Wheaten terrier are invaluable for dealing with the unwanted rodent population - rats all year and meeces migrating into the house walls in winter.   The Labrador tries to help but is hopeless.   Very funny though.   

How to grow sugar cane ?

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:08

Move to a tropical climate?   It would need very special greenhouse conditions in the UK.

best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:07

That could waste a lot of time sitting around waiting for them, not to mention all the bovver of getting a gun permit.    The poison I use does the job quickly and without further effort or time form me apart form bunging any corpses in teh bin.

Now I just need to find a way to stop all the meeces from migrating into our attic via the rather too porous brick walls this old farm is built from.   Any sensible suggestions gratefully received as they've been more than usually numerous and persistent this year.

Japanese Gardens

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 11:07

Have alook at this blog -

Describes a visit to Japanese gardens in 2011 and may be of help.

Early summer

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 11:04

Saw my first one yesterday whilst in the barn inspecting the pots we've sheltered there for the winter.   I trust it flew outside to gorge on the primulas, crocuses and snowdrops in flower now.  

Had our first houseflies of the year too which is not so welcome.

best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:16

I use a Belgian product called ToxaOverdose.  It is sachets of blue grain pellets soaked in poison which kill the rats and other rodents quite quickly and then dessicates the corpses so you don't get the dreadful smell of decomposing bodies.   It is faster than the ones containing warfarin that make them bleed to death over a few days.

Our house is an old farmhouse surrounded by arable fields and pasture so rodents are a permanent feature in the garden and they migrate into the house and barn and attic and garage in winter so out come the sachets.   They've also been eating my pots and troughs of bulbs in the greenhouse this year.

I have a mousing cat and two dogs, one of whom is an excellent ratter but they can't get them all so I slide the sachets under and behind furniture and the stuff in the attic and garage so our pets are safe.   

How cruel is this?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 07:48

You are not alone Verdun.  I make a cake or cup cakes or muffins every Monday for my scientists and OH never gets any.

The only time he gets to have his cake and eat it is when I make some for a dance club event.

On Sunday the dancers got chocolate chip biscuits, honey, parsnip and coconut cake and banana and cardamom cup cakes.   On Monday the scientists got orange and cardamom drizzle cake.

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