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Peat Ballan

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Small Wildlife pond

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 12:32

I think, now correct me if I'm wrong, but regarding a pond and the water therein, it is not necessariloy a 'good' thing to have clear water in it. It might look good, clean and all that, but it could be just that the pond is devoid of life. I always allow a goodly dollop of mud, crud and wotnot to be in the pond, for a natural balance. Creepy crawlies have their place in the scheme of things, and who am I to commit insecticide genocide. I actully worry when the water is crystal clear !

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 12:24

April 20, 1200hrs.  will go down in history as a day of starting off beautifully, peerless sky, slight breeze and warm enough to have brekky on the front bench ! 3 hours later, grey, overcast, cold , gathering breeze and looks like heavy weather coming in from the far west.


Viking, Forties Cromarty Forth Tyne Dogger, visiblity good, wind backing from west to south west. Gales imminent !   I'm off to the shed for a drink !

Moving Garlic On

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 20:35

It has been said that for a good hoodwink of the garlic into thinking it's winter, pop them into the freezer for a few days. THIS will let them know who's boos,  , and then , on a cold and miserable day, put them  to ground , and watch , and wonder  at the resiliance of this wonderful plant !  The Romans knew what they were doing !  

Moving Garlic On

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 12:19

I plant the garlic out as soon or as near to as soon as poss., after they're starting to sprout. I have some, in pots out in the green house right now, and as the weather is improving right now, I shall have to get them in the ground before it warms up too much. As for 'the right time',

It all depends on where you are in the country. I am up in Northumberland, and the growing season is much shorter that  down south. Perhaps about 6 to 8 weeks behind, and shorter season accordingly. As this year has been all 'roots up' with the 6 month winter we've had, I really do not expect too much from the lotty at all ! This year will be relegated to a learning curve, lost seeds, failed compost and good exercise !

Good luck with whatever you do, you'll need it !


Cold frames !  THAT'S the answer !!


Small Wildlife pond

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 12:11

That's ANOTHER fine mesh you've got me in to !!!

Small Wildlife pond

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 22:43

Sometimes, it just ain't right to peer under the blanket with all those frogs doing what frogs do so enthusiastically !

Small Wildlife pond

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 22:30

The serious side of the frogy topic is, recently, with the unseasonably cold, VERY cold wether, the spawn has taken a reet battering. Frozen on the surface and it looks very mizz, by any standards. I peeped carefully at the stuff under the surface, and this sems to have survived the worst excesses. We now have adult frogs in several places around the lotty, and the signs are good, for a reasonable populaation after the amphib copulation.


The warmer weather has reached us in Northumberland ! Kalloo Kallay !

Save our bees

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 23:48

Thanks for your particpation WAF. The more the better from whichever direction or petition one comes from.

Save our bees

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 15:06

Our bees are dying, but the environment minister is turning his back on them. Tomorrow, there’s an important vote in Europe, which could stop the use of the pesticides that scientists think are responsible for killing our bees. But Owen Paterson, the environment minister, is planning on scuppering the plans.

If Owen gets bombarded by calls from his fellow MPs today and tomorrow morning, we can persuade him to change his mind and back the vote to protect our bees.

Can you write to your MP and ask them to contact Owen Paterson as soon as possible and ask him to vote to suspend the use of the pesticides?

Small Wildlife pond

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 22:49

I couldn't possibly comment !

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