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Posted: 18/05/2012 at 11:44

Bats too! Although I practically X-rayed this poor bat with the flash. Not easy trying to photograph bats at night in the rain.




Posted: 18/05/2012 at 11:14

Our garden has hosted roe deer families for years. They give birth to and raise their fawns here with each new generation returning to do the same. Unfortunately the last family only raised a single male fawn so we haven't seen them this year apart from occasional browsing visits.

Here's Dad, he was having a kip beside the compost bins.

 We have foxes too.



 And slow worms, here in the compost bin.

Pieris forest flame

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 18:02

Don't prune it!

Tasty things

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 18:33

I make cider from my apples - between 5 and 20 gallons each year depending on cropping. Images from last year's batch here if the link works

I also forage for mushrooms locally and in the garden, found Wood Blewitts in the garden for the first time last Autumn.

Need help with tomato plants

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 18:30

Tomatoes are vigorous plants with lots of heavy fruit and need solid support. They are usually grown as a single cordon which will easily reach 8ft or more. Have a look at how a commercial greenhouse like Thanet Earth grows theirs - some reach 15 metres! A small domestic greenhouse doesn't have that sort of space so you need to find another way. Winding them round a cane wigwam as they grow is one way to make the extra length manageable. Pruning them just means less fruit.


Posted: 12/04/2012 at 14:41

Supposedly you get fewer but bigger potatoes if you rub off some of the shoots. More stems=more tubers, more tubers in the same space means less food per tuber so they are smaller. Might be an overcrowding effect too. Seems only to be used for maincrop varieties but I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work for all varieties athough who wants giant new potatoes?

Root dripping water

Posted: 08/04/2012 at 16:54

The water might be wicking along the root from a pipe or drain it has broken through. Best bet is to trace back the root to find the source of the water.

Growing holly as a pot plant?

Posted: 08/04/2012 at 16:11

Holly should be fine in a container, it is a very tough plant. How tough? I pruned one in a wild part of my garden and just left the cut branches lying on the ground to keep cats away. A year later they had rooted!


Posted: 08/04/2012 at 16:04

They should fruit better in their second year. Give plenty of room for each plant and feed well, tomato food is good. This year allow just one runner per plant to develop after fruiting, cut the others off. Root the remaining runner and stop it at one plantlet. If you have planted them in containers watch out for vine weevil which will destroy the roots.

Hungry Deer 2

Posted: 28/02/2012 at 11:37

Fencing, dogs, guns or all three! Or just plant things they don't eat which isn't much.

First find out which type of deer is doing the damage, probably roe or muntjack. This tells you how high your fence and how fine the mesh needs to be. You would need to fence your whole property to the same standard as they will happily come through your neighbours gardens and walk up the road to get to yours.

Deterent sprays are a waste of time and money as you need to keep re-applying all year round.

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