Singing Gardener

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Posted: 12/12/2017 at 10:08

How big is your garden? If it is reasonably small then a water scarecrow will work. My daughter, who also has a toddler, had cats leaving poo everywhere so I gave her one of these. It worked withing hours and now the cats walk along her garden wall but never come down into the garden.

How do you care for indoor plants during the winter?

Posted: 26/11/2017 at 17:25

I'm afraid I like doing surveys  so I can't resist yours 

1. How old are you ?

I'm usually pretty old in the mornings but get younger through the day. On some days by midnight (after a couple of glasses of wine) I'm positively youthful. 

2.  Do you have a garden ?

Sort of - more of a semi-tame wilderness really

3.  Are you fed up with pointless surveys ?

No - I love them!

4.  Have you run out of patience with responding to this survey and other equally pointless ones ?

No, my patience is infinite (I used to be a teacher so it had to be)

5.  Is it cold where you are ?

No, it's lovely and warm. I'm in the study and we have 3 computers belting out heat here.

Such a waste....

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 17:33

A few years back I worked somewhere that had a cherry tree in the courtyard and the fruit was nearly always wasted. One evening I was very surprised to come out of work and hear rustling from the tree. There were two women who had climbed into the tree and were picking the cherries. Very enterprising"

I think a lot of food waste from supermarkets are because of "3 for £10" type offers which encourage people to buy more than they actually need at the time.

I think that I probably have out of date prescription medicines - they will be creams and ointments which usually seem to be supplied in much larger tubes than are required.

Fox or cat deed?

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 12:50

A water scarecrow will work if it's cats but you'll get wet yourself occasionally when you forget to turn it off when you are in the garden!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 17:55

I'd have thought it would be safe enough provided you don't have anything flammable anywhere near (and no small children who might be exploring there).

I haven't tried it but a large bucket full of water left in the greenhouse should help to reduce temperature fluctuations between day and night as it warms up in the day then releases heat during the night.

Birds - Territorial ??

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 10:16

I don't think different species of birds are usually territorial with each other (unless it's something dangerous like a magpie or a sparrowhawk). They do all like different kinds of food though. I have sparrows, finches, tits, robins and other birds visiting regularly but they go do different feeders and/or the bird table.

I think robin territories are quite small. I seem to have 3 in different parts of my garden.

Gift Ideas for a little Gardener?

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 10:10

I think this sprang back to the surface because of a post made a couple of days ago by someone from Canada trying to sell stuff which has now been deleted by the moderators.

Spacing and Planting Seeds.

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 16:05

I do use a yardstick (or should that be a metrestick?) sometimes for peas and beans.

Someone gave me a seed-sowing ruler (a 30cm ruler with holes in it) but I only use it for measuring and not for seed sowing.

Noise from traffic

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 17:31

There's a particular car park where all the bikers gather and admire each others bikes so actually they're much quieter when they're in the forest than when they're on the way there.

I forgot to say anything about cost but I'm afraid I don't really remember as it was installed several years ago. Expensive though, very expensive! I didn't want to do it but OH insisted and (as usual) was absolutely right!

Noise from traffic

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 16:44

Our acoustic fence is wooden but constructed so that there are no gaps between the boards or where it meets the wall of the house or around the gate. It's also 2.4 metres tall and has a drop of a metre or so on the other side as there is a bank which slopes down to the road and this prevents much sound coming over the top. We did look at the kind they use for motorways but they really are hideous!

Having the fence has transformed our enjoyment of the garden. Previously we couldn't have a conversation if we were sitting out because of the traffic noise - not least because at the weekends our road is used by a lot of bikers on their way to Epping Forest.

One unwanted side-effect is that we were burgled a couple of times just after we installed the fence, presumably because people thought we must have constructed it to protect something worth stealing. We've improved our security now though and have had a few years without incident.

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