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Pottie Pam

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Which birds nest is this?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 15:01

On Springwatch they featured a goldfinch nest and mentioned the poo arround the sides of the nest.


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:30

I've got quite a big pond. I always have lots of toad tadpoloes but never frogs.  Its built on an old mining site so I wonder if the water might be too acid for frogs. This year the toad tadpoles don't seeem to have grown much and there's no sign of legs. The toad spawn was laid early so surely they should have developed by now.

Cheap alternative for basket / trough liners?

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:13

Years ago on some gardening programme (I think it was Alan Tichmarsh) they used an old wooly jumper. That would work well if it wasn't a bright colour and would retain a bit of moisture too.

I put a disposable nappy in my baskets before I put the compost in. That really helps with the watering. I tear the nappy apart first.


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 15:56

It will be lovely next week Rosemummy. We just needed some rain to make it more beautiful for your hols.

I planted some leeks out  that I'd grown from seed in the raised bed this afternoon and in spite of a morning of heavy rain the ground was still  so dry.


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 07:58

Good morning all,

Wow, congratulations Clari. Can we all start looking for a new hat?

The rain has just arrived here in my part of Cornwall. Never thought I'd be looking forward to rain after the wet spring.


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 07:02

Good morning all,

Another beautiful day.

Orchid Lady and family looked beautiful. Even boys love the chance to dress smart at times.

Problems with my Spuds

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 09:02

Hi Mark,

I saw the first signs of blight on my early potatoes about ten days ago. Apparently it's striking early this year. It was just a few blotches on the leaves on mine.

I did as Dove said on cut all the leaves down to the ground and burnt the leaves. My family and I are eating the potaoes as fast as possible before the blight gets down into them but luckily there's a decent crop and they taste delicious.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:50

Hi Dove,

The potatoes range from egg size downwards.


Must get up now. Does anyone else lie in bed reading the posts on here and plan the gardening day according to what they read?


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:05

Good morning all,

I think the birds think the garden belongs to them Fairygirl, but I suppose it does really. The baby blackbirds make such a fuss when I'm near the redcurrants.

I had my first meal with my new potatoes yesterday,lovely, but they are showing the first signs of blight. I've picked the few leaves off with the black spots on but the tops are so lush and have flopped over so  I think the blight will win. The advice is to cut the tops off but should I do this now when there is only the odd  spot on the leaves or wait. The variety is PentlandJavelin. Can I ask your thoughts, Dove, please? 


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 08:18

Did I read that plants twine one way in the northern Hemisphere and the opposite way in the Southern Hemisphere? The same with water going down a plughole. It swirls down in different directions depending  on where you live. Don't know what happens at the Equator though.

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