philippa smith2

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Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 17:59


Pete - well, you know who to come for advice .... NOT.......

Even tho I got some good pics of the Hogs last year, at least 6 individuals, it meant hanging around all night with my camera - this is so much easier.

What  I'm after now is trying to find out where they actually access the garden - walled, fenced with only a couple of access points - as far as I can see anyway.

Am at least pleased that the original cam was faulty and not due to me losing the plot

Buying our first greenhouse

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 17:23

Nothing wrong with using glass - certainly preferable to the polycarbonate alternative IMO. The PC diffuses light and is susceptible to pitting IMO. It also looks rather ugly.

Toughened  ( safety ) glass as opposed to the old horticultural glass is widely used for most types of GH and is a perfectly good alternative. It is a much better bet even tho the OP doesn't have children or pets to worry about.

G/Houses with rusty frames and broken panes are obviously not used by any serious gardener so can be discounted when trying to decide what you want to purchase.

vibernum wedding cake tree

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 17:04

It should be easy enough to check for ants in a pot.  Push a stick down into the compost in several places and wiggle it about.  If there are ants in there, they will let you know 


Posted: 05/04/2017 at 16:59

They will often root just in a pot of muddy water too

Old tomato seeds

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 16:22

Tortoises are also extremely effective at "sowing" toms - kept on the dry side with no fuss, they often provide the tastiest fruit ( the toms rather than the torts that is ! )  You may not get a huge harvest but it is labour saving.


Posted: 05/04/2017 at 16:07

Regular pruning for this clematis is a good idea otherwise you tend to get most of the new growth and flowers at the extremities.

Might be worth checking around the base of the plant to see if it has been damaged in some way ?  They are usually pretty hard to kill off IME.

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 14:21

Here we go Pete - got the replacement cam yesterday and tried it out. last works

Need to try some different angles,distances, etc. but I can sort that out later.  About the only thing I forgot to do was change the year so they show up as 2016 pics 

Thanks again to all for your help - I've really appreciated it


Posted: 04/04/2017 at 18:56

Not sure what plant you mean Ronnie ?  Best thing is to tip it out of the pot and see if there is any viable root.  A perennial would have died down but should be showing some signs of life by the end of the month I'd have thought.

Say Ola to Spain for me....I used to live there for a few years and could indulge my passion for Citrus, Cacti, etc.

Have a lovely break

Old tomato seeds

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 18:41

I'd agree with Lyn - tom. seeds last for a surprisingly long time. No need to soak first - just sow as you would normally do.

Rather like the Best Before date on most things - it's not actually gospel.

Help Save the Hedgehogs Part II

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 18:33

At least 2 of mine are back and scoffing happily.......all without the aid of the dratted cam

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