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Peat Ballan

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Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 22:58

Rats are only wanting to live undisturbed and without interference.  But there we go. We can't expect to have it all our own way everywhere we go, can we ? As Lyn says, fork it over regularly, and you should P155 them off enough to move on to a quieter neighbourhood !  I turn my bins over whenever I need something to do, and sometimes I find a nest of ratticles, but I dread the day when I find a nest of little pink babies ! I don't think I could squash them or belt them with a spade.  I just don't think I have it in me.  perhaps I could hire a goshawk, or a python, ot a rattlesnake to do my dirty work. a sort of 'Hit Squad' !

Now the soil is warm

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 22:50

Has anyone noticed the programming schedule of da BBC ?  Springwatch is back, and it's nearly mid-summer ! ! ! !   Not that anyone would ever bloody guess !

Now the soil is warm

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 22:49

Da spring is here,

Da grass is rizz

I wonder where da boidies is ?

Da little boid is on da wing,

But dat's absoid,

Da wing is on da little boid !

Now the soil is warm

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 22:46

I forgot to mention the coal, blue and great tits that swarm all over the feeders as well !

                                                 NO jokes please !


Now the soil is warm

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 22:40

The soil oop t'lotty has sudddenly warmed up and the greenhouse /coldframe pots can be brought out of the nursery to play in the big, real world.  despite many books and TV and radio programmes, I find that the best time for starting the season off in Northumberland is, from mid May onwards. it takes an AGE here to get off the starting blocks.

This afternoon, Vee and I were oop t'lotty, and got stuck in. I brought up 40 sokid builders vlocks for the bases of more or less permanent cold frames, water butts, consisting of old attic water tanks and 200 litre barrels. a  total of about 1000 litres ! It soon goes in a drought !

I felt the soil and it was damp and not clarty, warm and crying out for some attention. Dug a bit and then ran the Mantis over the loosened clods. BEAUTIFUL ! A fine tilth and withing 10 minutes, a row of Hursts Peas was dropped into the trench. A fine sprinkiling of chicken crap (organic) was sprinkled in with the seeds, covered and I ex0ect that there will be a row of little geasles showing their heeds in about a week. 

Rummaging around the back of Wor Shed, I cleared out old bags of netting, wire meshes, and a stack of very helpful stakes, bamboozles and a couple of old bird houses or boxes. I don't know why I bought the boxwa as they are ignored by the plethora of bird species that live around the lotty. 

Birds, we have goldcrests, firecrests,gold and green finches, a tame pheasant, a nearly tame hen blackbird, dunnocks, robins, collared doves, jackers, wood pigeons, starlings and a regular group of spuggies. Brilliant !

In the flower patch, we have many rescue plants that Vee fets from around the area, and they are now sprouting their green shoots of recovery. ( Where have we heard that phrase before ?)

so, now, it is all systems go, and we can only hope that the strawbs will produce this year after a dismal season in 2012.


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 11:12

I 'liberated' a sort of feeder from a rubbish heap, and it is ideal for either putting in some water plants, amphibians, iris's.'s's's's's, carefully controlled mint, and rushes. I find amphibians seem to find their own way into the plot, without encouragement from myself or Vee, she who must be obeyed, the Bann an Chy. What will grow in the darker damp spots will grow, almost without buying in stuff. Neighbours are ALWAYS ready to share surplus to requirements plants. Most of our garden plants are surplus and find a ready place's like Battersea plant hme here, and we always get complimented on the garden. it has turned into the 'alternative' Alnwick Garden, without the admission price !



Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:49

Hmmmmmmm. I have found that a shady spot is good for much of the previous suggestions, BUT I would also submit that it is a good place for a wee wildlife pond. It doesn't have to be a gurt big pond, only about a meter square, or round ! We have this in our front garden,  and it attracts a small colony of frogs, which say Bon Jour Meseurs/dames when we go out in the morning for breakfast on the front bench ! Around this 'water feature', we have potted plants, various shiftable flower pots and a hosta or two. 

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 09:24

Happiness is relative, and after you have been stung by a much loved bee that seemed to go banzai when I sat down on our garden bench, it dive bombed me, set to at my nose, got straight in on my arm, and gave me a most irritating injection of venom.  Perhaps a bad day at the hive ........?  There mus be easier ways of relieving Rheumatizz than being walloped by a bee !


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:51

Hi Frank,   Alnwick dull, chilly, windy, uninspiring and not a good day to sow parsnips, beetroot of any fine seeds !  They'd be broadcast immediately !

Frogspawn is bubbling away in t'pond, birds shredding the hanging baskets for nesting material, and I am in the hoose, packing ceramic figures for sending out tomorrow.

It's good to be indoors, I tremble to say. 


Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 09:39

Me Missus and I were on St Michaels mount t'other day. It was surreal and beautiful. The tide was in and we took the boat across, (obviously ), The sky was a peerless blue,  sun shining fit to burst, and we nearly froze our nadgers off ! For once, it was warmer insde than out !  But on the whole, the Bay is  great view to encounter when returning after too long away.  I still have me we cottage down inSt.Just, and on a stormy day, you can hear the boulders rolling on Porthnanven beach, a mile inlad from it !

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