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Shrubs or trees for privacy

Posted: Today at 14:42

@sara5 What are the large trees?

Worm soup

Posted: Today at 14:27

I should have read them trying to escape as a warning sign.  I'm always worried that the bin is too dry.  So perhaps suffocation or something they ate.

Worm soup

Posted: Today at 14:17

@lyn, well I did worry about that.  I can't leave the lid loose for worry of rodents and foxes.  I wish I'd put in some venting now, but hoped that I'd get enough through the cracks around the front door.  I was ecstatic to see so many live worms at the beginning of the week and deeply saddened to find most of them dead this morning.

Has anyone else had the same?

Shrubs or trees for privacy

Posted: Today at 14:05

I've a space at the end of the garden that is quite wild, but also want to add a living boundary.

The sad thing is that I'll loose that perception of space that is currently there, I like looking into untouched woodland.  The more I touch the space the more I want for a raw untouched space!  Nature is a good gardener.

Anyway, I have one side that is semi-shaded, and one that has sun.  The shady side I have planted out with some laurel, holly and I plan to plant evergreen viburnums and hazel.   The sunnier side I'm going to plant some beech, field maple and hypericum.  I'll throw in more viburnums, escallonia (sun), euonymus, and a bay.

I may later regret the laurel when it comes to management.  If I can squeeze them in, I'll add some dogwoods this winter.  Thinking they'll make nice thickets and can be neglected somewhat once taken.

I would also like to add some spiky plants, berberis darwinii, black thorn, and more holly. 

If it's shady and you have patience you could put in yew.  An alternative to laurel could be new zealand privet.  People grow these as hedging (not totally frost tolerant).  But I like them as specimens.

I love shrubs as you can tell, but don't really have the room to let them breath.  A few different ones left to their natural shapes make for a nice display I think.  They are nice rounded, and actually once large would fill an area quite easily.  I saw a wonderful monster escalonia hedge at the weekend.

I garden on chalk.  But am keen to hear other suggestions.


Shooting wildlife for fun

Posted: Today at 12:21

Well the neighbours moved on, and are probably now doing the same somewhere else.

It was very upsetting at the time.  As I said our household are big wildlife fans, and try and nurture a little nature in the space we have.

When I say it met with deaf ears, I firstly approached the neighbours (not about the wildlife shooting, but rather that I felt unsafe and uncomfortable in my garden while it was happening.  The ricochets had passed near to me on a few occasions).  This was met with annoyance and later followed by a lightweight apology.  But the behaviour continued if not worsened.  And it had a marked effect on our enjoyment and peace within the garden.

I'd expect some errant behaviour from children but these were not children or teenagers and their entire household was aware of the shooting and appeared to condone it.

I raised the issue with their landlord who didn't appear to act on it, or wasn't that bothered.  If there had been more neighbourly support I may have felt comfortable raising it as a police matter.  At the time I think it would have inflamed matters and relationships that were already strained and at breaking point.

I know many people shoot responsibly and get that you can have fun with target practice.  I was particularly saddened to see someone targeting crows.  My original post was me trying to grasp the law with regard to shooting at wildlife.


buddleia stump

Posted: Today at 12:13

(I've pulled up a couple and they've been surprisingly unsubstantial below.)

Worm soup

Posted: Today at 12:10

(I've posted this in talkback, can a mod. move it somewhere more appropriate?  I never seem to post to the right place...)

Worm soup

Posted: Today at 12:06

Last weekend I opened the compost bin (dalek) to find pounds of worms, they all fell out the lid all over my feet.  Suddenly there were thousands.

I added compostables, left them for a week, and just came back to feed them.

To my horror I found what looks like dead worm soup all around the edge of the bin, where a week before they had looked happy and were writhing all over each other.  So I've gone from thousands to a few.

Perhaps last weekend they were all trying to escape - maybe the bin was inhospitable.  I turned the bin today and it's quite warm beneath.  But I'd have thought if conditions had gotten rough they could have gone down.

I'm worried that I may have put something nasty in the bin.  I put some amazon packaging (the paper packaging found inside cardboard boxes) in the bin, along with he usual kitchen scraps and rough looking paper scraps: envelopes - loo rolls etc.

So I'm worried that some fire retardant or some treatment was on the paper packaging and I've unwittingly killed the worms.

Did it get over active?  Have I gassed them?  I went out to see them and get a photo only to find death!



Compost heaps and rats

Posted: Today at 11:53

I started a compost bin (dalek) from scratch for the food waste, buried it, placed rocks around it.  And after many months a rat and most likely family had moved close by.

At the beginning of the year.  I emptied and moved the bin.  And now have it buried with three layers of tough wire mesh beneath.  They may have moved on somewhere else.

Rats are everywhere.  Sit somewhere in your garden very quietly and still and you might spot one.  From an office window we watched a very fat rat scurrying up a bird table and ambling about a nearby garden.  And all the signs of rats are in our bike shed which makes a great shelter.  They just need to waddle out under the neighbours bird feeder when peckish.  I saw a huge rat in a tree earlier this year.  It wasn't a squirrel but was just as agile.  Luckily most of the time they keep out your way, probably because those that do are more likely to survive.  I too like wildlife but do not like wild rats, especially when they are close by or within the house.


Shooting wildlife for fun

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 13:27

I found this similar thread:

Thanks for the feedback.  If I understand the information in that thread correctly, then the shooting of wild birds in a domestic garden is unlawful.  As it is also to shoot across non-public land without permission.

Personally I think it would be most helpful if any neighbours/general public witnessing the above behaviour would report such incidents.  It can feel that the closer you are to the crime the harder it is to report.  Apathy and the non-involvement and lack of support of others (not in my backyard, not my problem) can be quite upsetting and only leads to the perpetuation of such problems.

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