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Posted: 05/10/2014 at 17:19

Many thanks to all.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:50

I have in my time looked after numerous birds of prey.......Kestrels, Sparrowhawks, various owls..............all "accident" birds ( some deliberate "accidents of course ).....when it is possible to release is a tremendous feeling.

I do the same for other birds too


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:32

Not sure about Onions but you can grow the short root carrots in containers.....they usually do quite well


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:29

Whilst this isn't strictly a gardening dilemma, there are plenty of forum members who keep poultry either in their gardens or on their allotments.

The allotment holder next to me keeps 6 Chickens .........not very well IMHO but that is by the by.  On several occasions when going up to my allotment, I have noticed his Chickens are without water. On the first occasion, with no sign of the owner, I filled up the water container.  When I next saw the guy, I mentioned that I had given his C's water and he thanked me. Trouble is, this is becoming more than a one off.  I don't see the person very often but I do seem to end up having to give his birds water.  Yesterday, they were pretty desperate for it and no sign of the owner.

My main worry is that I don't visit the allotment every fact recently with other projects to deal with, maybe not for 3 or 4 days. giving the birds water when I see their drinker dry, am I giving the owner an easy "let out "...i.e. some other mug will see to it or should I bite the bullet and not water them in the hope that the rightful owner will twig that they need to get their act together ? 

I've been in this predicament before where I have watered outside dogs when their owners can't be arsed but I am wondering whether it is the best solution ?

Wondered whether any of you had any particular thoughts on the matter ?


Any winter flowering plants recommendations

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:30

The winter honeysuckle is a real treasure.....semi evergreen and the early bees and other insects flock to feed from it

Kalanchoe care

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:25

Kalanchoe ........usually a houseplant and will not survive outside in UK winters.  Nice gritty soil and good light indoors and it will reward you with flowers.  Easy to propagate.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 17:15

My inherited grape vine is against a south facing wall outside and is probably at least 20 to 25 years old.  I don't know the variety for sure but given the age, I think it Black Hamburg.

A nice purple/black sweet grape.  Most of the fruit is now ready to pick although the odd grape within a bunch is still green.  Unlike yours, the green fruit is still sour so I think perhaps Steephill is correct.......if your grapes are sweet enough to eat and still green, they are ripe.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:41

Joe.......yes, I agree.  As I said, the Sparrowhawk is the most frequent and the Peregrine an occasional.  This is the second garden I have had within this locality during the last 15 to 20 years in which the Peregrine has made itself known.   

cestrum nocturnum

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:24


fruit and veg

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:19

If the manure is 2 years old, I doubt whether Tiger manure would prove any more harmful than that from a herbivore.......not all herbivores are fed a completely herbiferous  diet .

 The one thing that might be debatable is what antibiotic regime the animals have been subject to.  However, a lot of farmyard manure would pose the same problem these days. 

Human sewage was used ( and perhaps still is - at least by some septic tank owners ) to fertilise the ground for edible crops - just imagine what that contained 


Discussions started by philippa smith2

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59

Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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