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Peat Ballan

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herbal lawns

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 08:53

Fine. Thanks for that !! I shall mull over, cogitate and consider that 'bump', but any thoughts of an organic bowling green will not be included!   unless one bowls white heart cabbages !

herbal lawns

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 23:18

I have been planning a herbal lawn to replace the traditional grass lawn on my lotty.

I recently saw a television article about a new project down London way, Islington or some place like that. It showed a beautiful patch of lawn/garden that had a stunning display of herbs, flowers and grasses. I knew I HAD to have this project ! So, I am planning for next year, to establish a radical change in growing some open sited plants. I intend to put golden marjoram in patches, thyme to complement the green and yellows, camomile mxed with colver and other lucerne based colvers, pennyroyal and oregano, plus any other suitable plant that will be providing both ground cover and wildlife areas.

I shall be sending in reports of the progress as it happens, with photographs . Is there anybody else out there who has the same idea ?


Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 22:41

I STILL ADVOCATE TIGER POOP , MORE THAN ORANGE PEEL !!  i did find that leaving a pair of old sun glasses under some leaves reALLY freaks some cats out so much, the became paranoid about going into the flowerbeds ! It's the EYES ! man.

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:06

YO ! MY MAN !  You have a problemo !  Perhaps a visit to the local zoo, and mayhap to purchas a bag of finest kind fresh tiger shite ! Spread a bit of this around, and there won't be a moggy left in the neighbourhood. of course, whilst administering the stuff, keep yer own moggy INSIDE !  Cats are sensituive, humourless critturs, but have inadvertant flashes of lunatic funniness about them. Love 'em, me !

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:49

a CATAPULT perhaps, loaded with small dried pieces of soil, aimed close to but not AT the crittur.   I am a complete emotionaly dedicated cat lover, but  enuff is enuff !!

Talkback: Plants - rejuvenating primulas video project

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 22:34
I completely agree with Carol, over the primroses. I had no idea that they were edible tho' ! In this case, we have enough to see us through the summer, autumn and winter ! ! We started off with two small clumps 5 years ago, and now, we have primroses along the outside path of our allotment, around the wildlife pond, up top of lotty, around wor shed, a bank of primroses down near the road, and in every spare patch of ground which is now, no longer spare ! Anyone want some primroses ? They are very hardy and take some quite cavalier treatment, and like a dog, they give love unconditionally. A beautiful truly BEAUTIFUL flower !

Talkback: Blue tits and great tits

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 14:59

I feel that the birds are now nesting out of a desperate need to do this than having casual relationships ! I have NO idea where da boidies are nesting, but there are certainly lots of newly fledged babies around at the moment. Baby spuggies, and blackbirds are being fed perched on the trug handle, bench arm rests and around the feeder drop zones. Who can resist the look of a fledgling with mouth agape, and calling urgently for it's parent's attention ?

I'll be orft to the lotty in a short time, to do a few un-noisy jobs up there, and hopefully take a few photo's of what's going on.

I have yet to persuade any bird species to occupy a nesting box. Every year tho', without fail, garden wasps occupy a box or two, and at the end of the wasp season, leave a beautiful paper nest behind.

I would remind any kindly intentioned peeps out there that if feeding birds with mealy worms, DO soak them for about 10 minutes before putting them out, ( the worms, NOT the babies !) as if fed to squabs and fledglings, it is easier for the babies to swallow and digest ! After all, we don't feed OUR babies uncooked spagetti, do we ?????

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 08:42

I have a 'Dalek' oop t'lotty, and it has become a very good tool for 'forcing' rhubarb ! As far as composting is concerned, I don't think there is such a thing as the perfik composter ! They seem to be only for the gardening experts on TV shows, with lots of spare time to do all the turning, mixing, piling in specific heaps and still have time to tell us how to produce the wonderful mixes they show us. \i am just a grumpy old cynic. Next year, I shall simply dig a trench and dump the kitchen stuff, + lawn trimmings, + old newspapers & etc, into the trench, and cover it up with the next trench.  





is my motto

Now the soil is warm

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 23:25

So, been oop t'lotty today wiv a mate wot can dig deep trenches. Brill having strong friends ! !  Did a lot of work bedding in the cold frame next to the greenhouse, and repositioning the new water collection system. The soil is NOT as warm as it was yesterday.  Dag-Nab-it ! Now, I expect the wind will launch the butts around the lotty like those original barrels going over Niagra Falls. Is there NO justice and proper reward for hard work ?

On Saturday, the forecast is dire. High winds, and more wintery showers somewhere in the North. I DON'T BELIEVE IT !  Saw the fire and goldcrests again today, 2 metres away from their feeder. Brilliant.The greenfinch was back too.  Soaked some mealies for the hen blackbird, which she quickly gathered up like a puffin, but more disorganised. As her bill got filled, she kept dropping them in the grass, and then had to start all over again . This is where the term, 'Bird Brain' springs to mind. 

Sad times in the outside world, but the lotty is a sanctuary and haven of peace, tranquility and emotional succour. Not a time for bitterness, but reflection and understanding. God, grant me Patience, NOW !!!!





Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:51

As the troops are coming back gradually, from Afghanistan, there might be some surplus sniper rifles going on ebay ! Rat a twoey for Tea ?

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