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cleaning bird feeders

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 15:11

I keep hearing that we should use a sterilising/antiseptic wash for seed feeders and bird tables.  Is this correct?   What should I use - are any household products ok to use?  I don 't want to use anything harmful. I've always used hot water with a squirt of washing up liquid (the sort that is kind to my hands!)  and cleaned them regularly.  Thank you, Mags

anyone used this brand?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 15:30

  One to avoid then. THANK YOU pottering girl.  I won't bother with that offer then.  Maggie

anyone used this brand?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 16:57

The second image showing Molloy's is the compost I wondered about.  I've read the other posts on another series of letters but none mention this particular compost. Does any have any experience of it?  Maggie

anyone used this brand?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 15:32

A local Garden Centre is offering 4 x 50 litre bags Molloy's multipurpose  compost (made by Erin) for £10.  Has anyone used this, and is it ok?  As it is made by Erin I assume it contains peat - can anyone confirm this as I want to buy compost and want one with peat in it. Many thanks to anyone who can comment.  Maggie 


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 19:12

My 5 year old pot of them never flowered. I told them last year was their last chance and threw some tomato feed at them.  Bingo - they flowered!  I think it is just patience!

when to cut back Fountain Grass?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 18:56

Thanks for all the info, everyone. 

I think maybe I should have cut it back a month ago. I will remember for next year.  Mags

when to cut back Fountain Grass?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 16:15

Not many new shoots yet, so it should be easy enough to do. I will do it tomorrow. Many thanks for help. Mags

when to cut back Fountain Grass?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 15:22

I bought a Fountain Grass (miscanthus kleine silberspinne) last year and it has given me pleasure all winter.  I see there are now new green shoots growing. Should I cut the whole thing back to about 4 inches, or just leave it to let the new growth push out last years old growth?   Thank you. Mags  

tomato seed germination

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 15:15

I always make sure the compost is not cold from sitting in the garden.  I very slightly warmed a little up in the pot before sowing the seed this morning.  (in the microwave!)  Mags

Bee Pitstop

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 14:46

I am seeing a good number of bees on my spring flowering heathers. ( I put each plant in a large hole filled with ericaceous compost to get them off to a good start as I don't have the right sort of soil in my garden.)  Mags

Discussions started by staffsmags

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more black than red 
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Kleine Silberspinne

Fountain Grass not 'flowering' 
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Cornflowers for next year

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caterpillar id please

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damaged rhubarb leaves

what eats rhubarb leaves? 
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Straggly Geum

Is my geum supposed to be so straggly? 
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'Dead' soil

to manure now or not? 
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cleaning bird feeders

What sterilising product 
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Last Post: 14/04/2015 at 09:35

anyone used this brand?

Molloy's Multipurpose compost 
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Last Post: 21/03/2015 at 15:30

when to cut back Fountain Grass?

miscanthus kleine silberspinne  
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 18:56


How to submit results? 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 17:26

porridge oats

ok to feed to birds? 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 16:23

Feeding Amarylis

What to use? 
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only leaves

Amarylis not producing flower stem 
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