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badgers in gardens

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 14:38

If you tempt wild animals into your garden they may lose their fear of humans which makes them vulnerable. They may be tempted on to roads where they will be run over. They may also raid hen houses and dustbins and bee hives.

And if you have hedgehogs in your garden it's curtains for them.

If they make a mess or cause damage someone will come on this board asking how they can get rid of the animal/animals.

badgers in gardens

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 09:34

It is very foolish to feed foxes or badgers.  They are wild animals and should not be encouraged to look to humans for food.


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 00:47

Figs in particular.

badgers in gardens

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 00:37

Ha, Ha, Ha, don't you know, everybody loves badgers, except those nasty selfish farmers who object to their herds of cows being destroyed.  And the hedgehogs, of course.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 17:57

All pinching out should have ended on Mid-Summer Day.  21 June.

White Beetroot

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 16:45

Of course you can pickle it.  If you pickle it with normal beetroot it will go a delicate shade of pink.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:17

Always remember 'Growth follows the Knife.'  This applies to all pruning.

The best thing is to take whole branches out back to the main trunk.  If you just prune the smaller branches back they will re-grow with the result you have.  Be bold.

If there is growth coming where you don't want it rub or cut out the shoot when it is small.  Do not allow too many growths from the base or you will end up with a thicket.  Tie in the branches to get a good shape and work from there.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 17:58

Ask in your local garden centre.  Buy a soil testing kit.  Look at the plants in neighbouring gardens.  Rhodendrons like acid soil.  Ask your neighbours. Are there lumps of chalk in your soil?  Where do you live?  Does your kettle fur up?  Alkali soil probably.

Unless they are extreme acid or lime haters most plants will do well in most soils.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 17:51

Oh come on!  Laburnum, Woody Nightshade, Laurel, Foxglove, most bulbs, to name a few.  Have you ever heard of anybody being poisoned by them?


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 14:11

It does sound as though you planted the garlic rather deep.  I plant my garlic with the top of the clove about 2 inches below the surface, certainly not deep enough for little cloves 4 inches above the main bulb.

I'm sure they are of no importance, but I wouldn't plant them for next year, as only the biggest cloves should be planted in the Autumn for next year.

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