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Wild bird feeding

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 09:25

I have several wood pigeons coming into the garden.........2 in particular who are around every day.  They have their own little seed patch under some dense shrubs which they use .......often sharing it with sparrows etc.  They don't bother the other birds which are able to feed at various other points in the garden.

Rather than trying to scare them off ( not a very profitable task anyway ), why not accept that they are part of the scene and work with it.  They'll soon learn where to feed to their best advantage ( and to your advantage too ).

How to mix Perlite?

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:32

Evelyn..........are you thinking of adding perlite just because you read it was a good idea or are your plants actually suffering ?

If the latter, you will need to remove your plants from their container and mix the perlite thoroughly with whatever compost you choose to use.  Just to add perlite on top or making small holes to pour it in will be a complete waste of time and effort.

If it really is impossible to remove the plants, the other option would be to dismantle your planter or break it - depending on the construction - and start again.  Hope you manage to resolve your problem one way or another

New gardener with a pomegranate plant

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:22

Pomegranates prefer well drained soil.  A loam based soil with some added grit would I think be better than MPC.

I'd also be careful about "over potting".......your tree looks only to be a very young one and the pot you have it in currently appears too large for this stage.  2 litre to 9 litre is a big jump and you risk overwatering during the winter.  Pot on in stages which suit the root ball.  Pomegranates are deciduous so be careful how you treat it during the dormant period.  Best kept outdoors for as long as possible but obviously protected during frosty weather

Gardeners World taken off air

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 19:26

Well, there's a surprise............gardening comes well down the list when it comes to summer...........we're all golfing, batting, driving Formula I cars..........NOT

fig- advice please

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 18:48

B3.........Starlings love Figs too so I don't suppose you will have too many left over to send to forum members but I'm second after Dove please

Fresh figs wrapped in parmesan ham...........wonderful........

Storing Charlotte potatoes

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 18:32

If you want the space in the garden and have room in your freezer, you can either part cook and freeze or part fry and freeze.........make good wedges or roast pots for later use

Do frogs or toads make sounds in the UK?

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 09:35

Frogs are vociferous in their mating season and, quite often, the odd one or two like to have a quick "growl" in the early summer too.

One thing I did notice tho was that French frogs do seem noisier than English ones.  Probably a "cultural" thing


What is this, please

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 09:20

A mallow...........I have some from a sowing of wild flower seeds a couple of years ago.  They self seed happily

passion fruit seed

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 17:42

Dave...........if the fruit was purple and wrinkled, it is probably just the basic P. edulis as Marco says.

It was the "giant" that misled me  Pity really as I thought you must have struck lucky with a good find.

If you've only just cleaned up the seeds and they haven't dried out thoroughly you should be ok.

passion fruit seed

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 16:26

They could be P. quadrangularis ( Giant granadilla).The fruits are greenish/yellow/orange and oblong in shape.....about 8 to 12 inches long.

If you want to try the seed, sow the whole mess......i.e. the seed with the jelly.  Sown in gentle heat, the jelly will show a bit mouldy but the seeds will germinate better than if washed and dried.

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