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Fence Vandal

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 14:58

a farmer near me put up signs saying -

Trespassers will be shot - survivors will be prosecuted!! and then scattered some used shot gun shells under the sign. surprisingly the people tromping across his land didn't come back

Edging allotment

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 09:24

step over apple and pear?

Pruning Beech trees that are meant to be a hedge

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 09:24

take the top down and the side facing your house, they'll regrow quickly this year. Then next winter do the opposite side.

When taking the sides back, cut back to about 4 - 5 inches from the main stem and it'll resprout


Posted: 25/01/2016 at 15:20

has frogs calling in my pond...till last week when it froze over! but its 13 degrees now so i'm expecting them back again soon!

Too early to plant - NE Scotland?

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 15:18

garlic or onion sets might be able to get going now, there's enough time for the cold to get to them to make them grow properly

Bird feeders

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 15:17

some birds (blackbirds, Thrushes, robins, wrens etc.) don't like feeders, they like ground feeding,

I put our an old shallow tray out with food in it (drill some holes in it, otherwise all the seed sprouts) and put it next to a low shrub and watch them hope out grab some food and disappear back into the shrubs.

Grow box with monitoring and remote control system

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 10:53

looks way too technical for me, and probably over the head of any beginner gardener, start with a sunny windowsill and work up from there!

Mature apple tree planted on concrete plinth

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:48

If its survived for 50 years it must have its roots in decent soil somewhere, otherwise it would be dead already!

If you wanted to give it a helping hand you could take out the fir trees. that would give the apple more light and water, then mulch the tree with some decent manure, make its about 3-4 inches deep (put cardboard or wet newspaper underneath it and it'll stop any weeds coming thru) and make it as wide as the branches reach out - but don't pile it around the trunk (they don't like it).

As for pruning it, you can hard prune but only take a max of 1/5 to 1/4 of the branches away, start with anything dead, diseased or rubbing and with a 50 year old tree you might find just taking them out will be the 1/4 of the tree.

Spontaneous Combustion

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 12:12

the linseed oil oxidises in air, this is an exothermic reaction (it gives out heat) if the cloth is spread out the heat dissipates easily,

however if the cloth is scrunched into a ball, or shoved in a draw the heat builds up until the flashpoint of the oil is reached (something like 80 degrees Celsius.) This causes the oil on the rag to burst into flames, which catches the rag itself on fire and anything flammable in the area (like a wooden bench etc.)

Quick question about bird box

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 12:07

starlings will nest in the one with the bigger hole (45mm). The smaller hole (34mm) you will get blue and coal tits (starlings can't fit) and I can't see the point of the oval hole?

Is there any reason why you need a bulletproof one? as its made of woodcrete. You can get much nicer ones made of wood that will last 10 years given the right treatment and will be a lot cheaper.

or you could make your own for even cheaper?

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