Tim Burr


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Red ants

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 09:47

Argentina ants are the most prolific ants on the planet, and their super colonies stretch from one side of the globe to the other.  They have tested ants from different continents to confirm that and where ants of different colonies would fight and kill each other, Argentinian ants recognise each other and don't fight and are tolerant of each other.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:58

Couple of pics of my 18 year old cat Trixie.  She is more of an indoor cat, but enjoys being out when I am pottering.  Doesn't stay out when I come in.  



 

 

Red ants

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 15:59

Get a box of icing sugar and equal amount of Baking Soda and mix two together.  Powder the ants nest with the combined mixture.  The ants will go for the icing sugar because of the sweetness, but at the same time as eating the icing sugar, they will also ingest the baking soda.  The baking soda will react with the formic acid in their gut, and because ants can't burp (apparently), they will get full of gas and literally explode. Its not a perfect solution as the ants won't take the solution back to their nest, but if you repeat over several days it will severely deplete the nest colony which may cause it to collapse of it's own accord.  Icing sugar and baking soda is not toxic to other animals, birds, or children or pets.  And this isn't made up.  It's true.

Digital Edition access for Paper Subscribers

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 00:45

If you are a magazine subscriber, you used to be able to get the digital copy to download to your tablet (iPad) for free.  However, after over two years of doing this the publishers decided that they would end the 'trial' (news to me - I never knew it was a trial), and now you can only get the magazine or the digital version as two separate subscriptions.  You no longer get both under the same subscription.  I'm annoyed really because I liked to keep the downloaded version on my tablet and once I'd thumbed and read my paper copy to death, I'd recycle it, but had the digital copy to go back to.  Now my house is filling back up with old copies of GW that I like to keep for at least 5 years.  I refuse to pay for two separate subscriptions.  If they'd only charged an extra £10 for a digital copy I could keep indefinitely. I'd be fine, but not a whole new subscription.

My pond is a year old now but we haven't had many amphibious visitors :(

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:28

I had a pond for a year, and nothing arrived, so I got a jar of tadpoles from a friends pond. Last year, one year on, I counted 13 frogs sitting around the pond on a warm day.  This year, two years on, and I've got frog spawn for the first time, and some have already hatched into tadpoles.  It's interesting watching the pond develop over time.  I don't think I'd get newts.  They won't be able to jump over the 6 foot high fences! 

Spawn 2014

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 15:34

Forecast is for frost.  Should we cover over ponds with precious spawn with a layer of fleece to stop it freezing or just let nature take its course.  Seem to remember couple of years ago people said they had lost all their spawn to hard frosts and ended up with no taddies.

Crocosmia

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 15:30

Bit of a tangent, but why are the corms of a Crocosmia so expensive, especially when it is so prolific and spreads everywhere so easily?  They can be as much as £5 for 5 corms.  Quite shocking really.

Spawn 2014

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 23:54

Two lots of frog spawn yesterday, and another lot today.  First time I've had it after populating small urban garden pond two years ago with tadpoles from a friends small garden pond.  Didn't know frogs took two years to mature before they can breed.  Well chuffed. Modern housing development with postage stamp (10m x 15m) of a garden in Woking, Surrey.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 19:35


This was fluttering around my garden today as I was having an after winter tidy and getting garden ready for another year of gardening.  Landed on my gloves I'd taken off.  Not sure if it's a moth or butterfly.  

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