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Posted: 26/11/2012 at 11:29

Starlings have been the bain of my life....Lol!!

My wife and I call them toe rags, because they knock around in gangs and absolutely bully every other bird.

Also they are fearless . I can walk upto them shooing them whilst they are gorging themselves on my delectable food, and only at the last minute do they reluctantly fly to a nearby tree to wait for me to go back indoors...... BUT!   I have  fettled them,  I have altered the doors on my bird house so that only the little birds can get in. also i have put some little adjustable dome hanging feeders on my Santa list. these are designed to allow only little birds in.  what I have discovered is that the sparrows etc. fling a lot of seed out onto the floor which the starlings & ring knecked doves are welcome to, so it seems a win win situation for me.


Posted: 26/11/2012 at 11:10


 If I start spraying stroptomycin or terramycin as recommended by local garden centre, will this effect the bees and othe pollenating insects??


Posted: 24/11/2012 at 16:52

brilliant! thanks.


Posted: 24/11/2012 at 16:00

Right!   What i have not fathomed, is why the bushes out the front are perfectly healthy?? 

  I was pinning my hopes on it being a crossover disease from the roses! but maybe not eh!






Posted: 23/11/2012 at 19:00

I sure could use some sound advice on when and what to spray pyracantha to head off devastating fireblight.

Last season I almost lost my pyracantha hedges to this. It blackened all the many blossoms, which I quickly pulled off and destroyed, but of course this has meant that I have no berries on these plants.

The pyracantha's which are out the front of my property and are of the same family are perfectly healthy and showing berries.

I have climbing roses very close the hedges and last season these were wiped out with a mega dose of black spot, which I am wondering if this has infuenced the fireblight??

I am seriously thinking of removing the roses, and going for a fragrant climbing hyranga,

your thoughts and comments please!


chicken pelleted manure

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 17:37

This season, I have mainly used it when planting  flowering shrubs, climbers.


Posted: 20/11/2012 at 17:33

I live in the n/east, and my wife and I enjoy a good walk/stroll around our area, and near us is a pub with massive hedges and  grossly overgrown cottonesters. the bushes at spring time were alive with families of sparrows all squabling and flitting about.....But! as soon as the season wore on, they ALL disappeared????

 Upto today they have not returned. this ties in with my own garden. despite my feeders being full, I have no small customers to speak of.

( we have a robin, a little tit of some sort) we do have a good crop of starlings.

 (I call them toe rags, because they knock about in gangs and bully everything, aswell as scoffing everything in sight )

So from my point of view, I haven't a clue as to where the litle sparrows have gone???

chicken pelleted manure

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 17:08

Hi! everyone. Could anyone comment on the use of chicken pelleted manure?

I have used this for this last season,mainly due to it being on offer at my local garden shop. eg. Buy one get one free.....LoL!     I am a sucker for what seems a bargain.

I usually make a hole for a new plant/etc. and usually throw a slack handful of pellets in the hole.           I cannot say I have had  any better results with the plants that have been fed in this way.

Should I ditch the chicken manure for something better?

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