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Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 14:05

We have an occasional sparrowhawk and other raptors about.  They rarely get anything as the feeders are all close to cover from climbers on trellis to shrubs and hedges where the small birds can take cover.   I take the view that sparrowhawks need to eat too and usually only get the old or very stupid birds.  

Don't like magpies but haven't had problems with them for several years but now I have jackdaws trying to nest on my chimney pots.  I hope they don't start causing bivver with the small birds.

I feed the birds all year so they get through winter fit and well for a successful breeding season and then have energy to hunt for suitable food for their broods and my colonies of sparrows and tits have increased several fold.

Ground warming - good idea?

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 13:55

I wouldn't waste PVC on this.  Just buy some cheaper black plastic and weight it with stones or heavy lumps of wood.   Clear plastic allows light in so will encourage weeds to germinate.   Black plastic absorbs more heat so warms the soil better and doesn't encourage seeds to germinate.    However, any persistent weed roots will still survive and need digging out before you plant or sow next spring.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 21:09

Berghill - you're absolutely right to warn people.    

Plants are mysterious things.  I can't grow Chinese Lanterns but Honesty self seeds happily in beds and paths.   Friends on 2.5 acres of heavy acid clay grow Chinese Lanterns like cress but can only get Honesty to grow in one small spot.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 14:06

Nope. My soil is very fertile alkaline loam on a clay subsoil.   Some well drained, some moist, some in full sun and some in shade.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:10

Berghill, I know you're an experienced gardener whose advics is sound but I've never had a problem controlling this plant and have even struggled to get the white one to grow at all.   I have far more problems with phlomis russeliana spreading itself with gay abandon and, of course, weeds like nettles, couch grass, creeping buttercup, dock, thistles, flag iris and mares'tail that won't take a hint.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 10:08

Japanese anemone - hardy herbaceus perennial and great for late summer and autumn colour.   Can be invasive when happy but is easy enough to control when the new growth starts to show.

 

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 10:06

Thanks Dove.  I've checked and they do use solvants rather than caustic soda.   Just waiting to find out how long it takes as they're at Waterloo and that's about 50kms from here so needs some planning as I'm a busy girl.

However, if we get the hard winter people are predicting, it'll be agood winter project to keep me quiet in the dark days when gardening is impossible - that and painting obelisks and metal garden chairs and maybe sewing new sofa covers which I hope will be chic but not shabby.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 07:41

Thanks everyone for these answers.    I can probably re-glue or pin joints.  More worried about the state of the wood after dipping.    

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 19:43

Thanks Artjak.   No sandblasting available here and I doubt it would do the spindles or chair seats much good.    Sounds like a great efffect for a mantlepiece though.

I've only found one dipping place too and they've quoted €30 per chair.   Cripes!!

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:20

Has anyone ever had furniture dipped in an acid bath?   I've been given 7 pine kitchen shairs complete with truend legs and spindle backs which will be a nightmare to sand down to the wood again.  

4 have been sanded, painted with white acrylic, stencilled and distressed and then "protected" with acrylic varnish except that they were then left in a damp shed and it's gone mouldy.   The other three look as though someone has thrown layers and layers of gloss paint at them.  

Just wondered how long they take to dry out again before they can be sanded and fed and treated and does it adversely affect the wood. 

Love the sunny yellow vase and flowers Artjak.

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