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confessions of a gardening sloven

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:25

Tick for No. 1

Tick for No. 3

I find it next to impossible to stop saying " Well, I might have a space for this plant " when I really don't and should bin it

Talkback: How to take cuttings from house plants

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:21

Citrus aren't really ideal house plants as they dislike the hot dry atmosphere of the average house.

If you are growing them from pips, let them grow on until they reach a couple of foot high.

Put them outside during the Spring/Summer/Autumn.  You can purchase specialist Citrus compost and fertiliser if you don't trust your own.

Once they have reached a decent size if you have a g/h they will be fine there in the winter ( well...depending where you are located of course ).......fleece protection  should see them ok.

Unexplained frog deaths

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:10

Kef    Had it been earlier in the year, I could indeed have blamed the French as they were here as part of the Twinning lark.

However,  my OH  tells me he once had to eat deep fried frog at a banquet in China.  Now that Hinkley Point has officially accepted finance from the Chinese Govt., perhaps I ought to consider this aspect.

Time to chip and pin my frogs I think .

decking tiles

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 16:41

As said above, decking should be laid on a support structure of some description.  There needs to be a space between the decking and the ground......which some people find makes a very attractive home for rats and mice

Unexplained frog deaths

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 16:24

Mmmm..........the first one could indeed have been a magpie.  Altho they come into the garden only rarely, I do remember hearing one a couple of days ago.

Still puzzled about the 2nd incident tho.  Plenty of Crows, Rooks and Jackdaws about and I don't deter them because they co-exist with the other birds happily enough (and I like them ).  I guess one could have been responsible but I was around too much for it to have done the damage on the ground.  Even I would have noticed that 

Neighbours either side have ponds so I suppose something may have dropped it having already filched the poor frog from elsewhere. They ( the birds rather than neighbours ) regularly drop pieces of bread which they pick up from other gardens  so I suppose a frog isn't out of the question.  It'll be locusts next

Thanks to all  for your suggestions

Unexplained frog deaths

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 08:44

No evidence of rats at all.  Would a rat not eat the whole body ?  Same for stoats/weasels ?  Not seen or heard of either in the vicinity but I guess it's possible.

Whatever it is/was, it is either still hungry or only has a small appetite.......4 arms and half a leg doesn't seem much of a meal.

I'll see what happens in the next few days........thanks all

my 1st strawberry patch

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 17:20

Slugs also love black covering.....protects them from predation by birds and keeps them warm.  Always worth checking rather than assuming they won't be there

Unexplained frog deaths

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 17:07

Nope.  Otters are in Somerset but not in my neck of the woods

Unexplained frog deaths

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 16:55

A couple of days ago, I found a mature frog laying on it's back just about 6 inches or so away from the pond wall.  Dead I should mention !

Both forelimbs had been severed and half of one hind limb. That was the only damage.  It wasn't emaciated and didn't appear to have anything obviously amiss with it's colouring or the general look of it.  It COULD have been there for 24/36 hours before I found it but no longer than that.

This pm, I've just discovered another.......again laying on it's back but some 6 feet away from the pond.......more or less in the middle of an expanse of concrete.  Again, it looked OK in general but both forelimbs severed close to the body.  This one can only have occurred in the last few hours as I have been working in the garage/greenhouse/garden on and off all day and passed this spot several times.

Heron visits occasionally but not the culprit..........cats in garden sometimes but they receive pretty short shrift and haven't seen them in today.  Gulls fly over regularly but never seen one land in the garden.  Jackdaws and Crows also but they never stay close by when I'm in the garden. I can't quite figure why just the limbs are being eaten......I'm assuming they are as I can't find any "bits" laying about.  Before anyone says "Frogs Legs", I no longer live in France

A lot of the Pond frogs (including tinies from this year ) are already dispersed around the garden.  Several are still in the pond as I can either hear them groaning occasionally or can actually see them.  I've no way of knowing whether the frogs in question were in or out of the pond when attacked.

Had there just been the one, I would have been puzzled but not too worried.  Now I'm beginning to wonder what's going on.

The pond is not netted......too irregular a shape and too many tall plants growing in there to make it worthwhile faffing about.  As well as the frogs, I have Fish, Newts, Pond Snails and a healthy population of beetles, dragon fly larvae, et. 

Anyone got any explanation/ideas before I get too paranoid ?   


Overwintering Tibouchina

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 17:54

GG......the only time I have seen this kept successfully was in S. Wales.......parked in a Polytunnel over winter, it appeared to be happy enough to come back the following year.

I've never attempted it myself so I don't know exactly what the Welsh did in particular to keep it going.

Probably not much help then really.....sorry about that .  Wish you luck anyway

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Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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