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The demise of our native songthrush.

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 18:23

Ummmmmmmmm!  It's not only farmers who use slug pellets.  Hands up those on this board who use them.  Yes, I thought so!

The blackbirds will be arriving from Scandanavia soon, followed by the redwings and fieldfares. There are so many berries this year, I'm not sure they'll get to us in the far west.

There was a thrush sitting on the wheelbarrow earlier this week, and plenty of evidence they have been busy cracking snails around the garden.

Roots of Holm Oak

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 18:15

How close did you intend to plant?

Rainwater versus tap

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 13:09

Alan, why do you use Jeyes Fluid in your water butts?  There has been a thread about this before, and if you keep your water butts well-covered, they never need washing out, and certainly not with Jeyes Fluid.

Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 13:01

Climbing hydrangea is perfectly hardy, it does not need protection.  I think you are thinking of doing stuff that is not necessary.  Roses, etc are not cut down and covered with mulch.  With most plants that are potentially tender, covering around the roots is enough if that is what you want to do.

If the winter is particularly harsh you might lose the odd plant or two but most of them will sail through.  Just don't buy too many tender plants.

Raspberries In Compost

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 13:16

Never thought of the shredder, as I haven't got one.  Would be the best solution.

Raspberries In Compost

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 23:24

Woody things, and that includes gooseberry prunings too, are usually burned, because they take a long, long time to rot down.

Is this poisonous

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 17:10

That's a Hypericum.  Pets usually know what to avoid.  Children have to be trained to leave berries and such-like severely alone unless an adult who know is with them.  Indeed it is best to make it a rule that edible berries should be taken into the house to eat.

Definitely do not get paranoid about poisonous plants or you will be able to grow nothing!

Replacement windows

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 17:04

Look on Freecycle.

Yew Hedges - too dangerous near toddlers?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 01:50

It is the black centres of the berries that are poisonous.  The birds, especially thrushes love the coloured bit.  I doubt you will get berries on a hedge, they are usually on a yew tree.

Otherwise, an excellent choice.

Empty Sunflower Seeds?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 01:47

I can't see exactly from the photo, but empty husks either mean low pollination or the birds got there first! 

The middle flowers are the last to develop and be pollinated.

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