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Posted: 21/04/2016 at 14:23

We bought four giant bags of b and q's verve.   Bit too big to manage by yourself. Some smelt of sick.  It's woody and peat free, probably recycled garden waste.  Seems okay if kept damp, but does dry out.  We usually mix with various other bits and bobs.  Like sharp sand.  Am happy to use local recycled, but I checked prices at Hove tip and it wasn't that competitive.

But can't say much about the results yet.  The local cats are fans.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 00:29

I planted one specimen, and it got all leggy, because it was partially shaded.  So I've hacked it back drastically, to about three inches all over.

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 19:23

A neighbour said his garden compost heap - open and made with pallets - provided a very good home for a rat and family.  I guess there is some warmth and shelter, even if no food.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 19:21

Perhaps I was too brutal and optimistic.  We'll see.  As long as there isn't an upcoming cold snap.  It has a little shelter from nearby plants.

Any idea why the apple blossom would have yellowing leaves?

Bird song is back

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 19:19

I've heard the oddest of calls from some unknown bird, this was at least a month back, and that also sounded like some kind of mobile phone ringtone mimic.  But where would the birds hear the sound to mimic in a wild-ish area?

Rain came today, silent!

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:04

But even bought compost could be bad news:


Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:03

If I were to think like that, then I just wouldn't touch anything.

I do wear gloves mostly, but there is something nice about touching the soil.  Cat mess totally turns my stomach and puts me into paranoid mode.  Growing up with cats, it's likely I already harbour toxoplasma gondii.

I had a great book title 'Humanure', and in that they talk about the joys of night soils.  And suggest planting a green manure in the composted night soil, that you further compost, if you really want to be safe.  Human waste I think they wrote was safe after a year of rotting.  So perhaps the best thing to do is just let compost sit for a good while.

Going further off-topic, I read an article about house hygiene, where it mentioned that houses that had the flow of outside in, were healthier.  It all seems counter intuitive, but dog households are healthier.  So I try not to worry too much.

Avoid scratching eyes and picking your nose in the garden!


Bird song is back

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 13:53

RSPB suggest nightingales turn up in the south east in mid-april.  The weather has been so odd, you never know.  I defo. know when they turn up, it's an absolute delight to hear them, out of this world.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 13:50

I see another red variety close by the other hedge, and the height of it is something to behold, it's getting on two stories.  Both specimens have led me to think this makes for a really good hedging plant.  They are full of wildlife.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 13:45

I walk past a red flowering kept hedge a few times a year.  And every year late summer they strim it hard.  By mid summer it's flowering and looks absolutely amazing.  I think the reds are hardier.

I started off an apple blossom, and I just cut it back hard (March), because it was all legs and yellowing leaves.  I hope it will bounce back.

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