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Wild mink

Posted: Yesterday at 20:19

Don't worry about the frogs we will do our best for them. at the moment they are in there clinging to one another with no thought of going away for sure.  As soon as all the spawn is laid they seem as though they start to eat their young, That is when the escape route will be opened and hopefully they will want to leave. It's such a small area for the tadpoles that we feed them with daphnia bugs and then a slice of white bread. As their legs start to grow raw liver on a piece of cotton seems to speed up their progress and we have dozens of froglets everywhere. Of course, All this is in the event that we have no more unwelcome visitors. Keep fingers crossed. 

Wild mink

Posted: Yesterday at 16:49

Thank you for you replies to my problem, Today, OH decided to cut down the likely hood of it happening again. This will stop ducks I think at least. its difficult to work out, but there are two photos side by side one near and the other further away. Thanks again. Valerie


Posted: Yesterday at 16:35

You can get a barefooted fuggles hop plant from  can't remember where we got ours from.

they need quite a large area of rich deep soil. Their roots spread amazingly in a veg patch. We grow ours on a flag pole that comes apart in sections.

Good brewing

Wild mink

Posted: Yesterday at 11:11

Would like advice. My small pond had a large clump of frogspawn in situ.  On monday morning the pond weed was all broken up and spread about, unfortunately, no frog spawn in the pond - complete devestation. This is first time this has happened. My daughter said on sunday night she saw an animal 12 inch body with 6 .inch fluffy tail dark brown to black. Bigger than a stoat About 50 yards away running across the road. am I on the right track thinking a mink could be that animal and would it go in my pond to eat frogspawn. More importantly what can I do to stop the thief.

A Special Delivery

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 10:08

What a wonderful result. Congratulation and best wishes jonesk

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:19

just received 3 snowdrop bulbs of atkinsii, hopeing they double up. The violets have been lovely, flowering very early from mid January. Getting exited at the prospect of another gardening year.

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 17:02


hi Jenny, is the place to get one, probably in March but to make sure order one now. 

I think it will be about £9.50 for a crown or you can get seeds cheaper. 


Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 12:43

They are in full bloom. They were 3 to a pack which cost £12, a bit expensive for me but they are exceptional in my view and with only a small garden allocated to flowers perfect. The postage was a bit much but when I received them in a box so beautifully packed it was worth it.  Anyway, that's it for flowers this year,  now waiting for this new to me  skirritt plant.  Quite an adventure!

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 18:55

New arrival for 2017,  3 snowdrop Atkinsii bulbs from that lovely nursery Avon bulbs. Now I can understand that to 99% of you this will seem a very small order but when I look at these 11 inch stems with the most graceful of hanging bell I am over the moon.  Can only hope that they multiply rapidly. They have been put in my violet bed which has been flowering since 15 january , Very little effort needed to plant up So I shall sit and watch them settle in. Happy days.

artificial grass

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 16:06

Hi there, when we were looking for artificial grass for our son we found it was a good idea to walk on a sample without any shoes on.  There are quite a few to chose from and all feel different.

by the way, his large area of artificial grass looked fantastic and when it got a few leaves on they vacuumed it to perfection.

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