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Posted: 06/09/2013 at 14:55

As the life-span of any individual badger is pretty short, four years, perhaps, I doubt many of them sit around telling their grandchildren what the area was like before those darn'd houses were built.

There is one thing that sets humans apart from wild animals.  Wild animals act from instinct and accept life as it is. They have few imperatives in their lives.  Breeding, food, shelter, and avoidance of predators; nothing much else.

Humans plan.

Unwelcome visitor

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 14:43

It is lovely to live in a world where wildlife is not destructive, damaging or disease-ridden, but try sitting beside a hospital bed where a close relative is stricken with Weils Disease from kayaking  on a river or doing electrical work on a bit of harvesting equipment in a barn or attending the funeral of a young rower who fell in a river.

weeds help me!

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 14:31

If you mix weedkiller stronger than it says on the pack you are just wasting money. Triple strength does not mean Triple Kill.

Would you do the same if you were prescribed medication?  

No I thought not.

getting rid of slugs

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 11:31

Dogs don't usually eat slugs.  They might get lungworm but it is very rare. They are more likely to be poisoned by eating slug pellets.

Jumbo, I advocate cutting in half as a very eco-friendly way of getting rid of slugs.  

fruit cracking

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 11:26

Irregular watering I should imagine.  Dehydration, then rush of water which swells the fruit more than the skin can accommodate.  May have happened some weeks ago.

Problem weed!

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 10:04

Quite right, poor you, it is mares tail.

Can I plant near a septic tank?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 10:01

We are lucky to live in a converted school.  We have a cess pit, but it is vast!  We haven't had to empty it after more than 13 years.  And we share it with our neighbours!

Can I plant near a septic tank?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 01:02

Charlie14 if you haven't had a septic tank before be careful about what cleaning materials you use.  No bleach!  Check labels on toilet cleaner, etc. to make sure it is suitable for use with septic tanks.

Also ensure the water company is not charging you a drainage element on your bills.

We have pretty small water bills because we pay only for the metered water we use and not for drainage at all.

Walls and Hedges

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 07:56

From elsewhere I have discovered the plants should be placed at 5 to the metre in staggered rows.

Walls and Hedges

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 17:40

No they will send their roots down through the walls and into the soil beneath.  It is a very usual rural arrangement.  I am presuming you will be trimming the hedge especially in the early years to get it to thicken up.

Honeysuckle is another good plant to put in the hedge, and hazel.

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