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Latest posts by Welshonion

Fan trained Fig

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 14:03

Have you got the wires in place for the training?  

Do not hack it down just yet.  Let it establish first.

I am going to start a society against the cruelty that is perpetrated on fig trees! 

Raspberries in a greenhouse?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 14:00

A lot of commercial raspberries are grown in polytunnels but I think they would be a waste  of space in a greenhouse when they grow well outside.

Tea break Plant ID

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:53

It only smells of cat wee when you bring the branches of flowers into the house, otherwise it smells OK.

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 00:35

I love optimistic people!  Where would we be without them!

Rats especially like compost heaps in the winter.  Often they move out in the spring.

I do hope nobody is putting bread or fat in a compost heap in the first place, but rats will live on uncooked vegetables too.  They're partial to a carrot etc, etc.

Tomato plug plants - any good online suppliers

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:15

Too late.  Poor choice left now!

leather jackets - artificial grass!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 00:11

They are coming through from the soil.  Presumably the artificial grass came from a factory, not much chance of leather jackets there!  Unless it was second-hand.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:28

The weeds may take up to six weeks to die completely.  The area treated will look horrible, but do not be tempted to pull up the weeds.  Let them die completely.  

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:17

In Pembrokeshire, a small proportion of House Martins nest in sea caves, or beneath over-hangs on sea cliffs. Colonies can be found, for example nesting in/on sea cliffs to the south of Ceibwr; at Nolton Haven and on the Castlemartin coast.

Thought you might be interested in the above extract from a scientific document on the Pembrokeshire Birds Blog.

There is also mention of swallows nesting in sea caves.

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:08

Our local bird blog - Pembrokeshire birds - has cuckoo hearings, but I haven't heard one for several years.  Saw one once, many year's ago in Bucks.

Well done you for spotting a rarity. Red kites fly often over the house, they nest just over the bank/sloping field on the next-door farm.  They seem to be spreading southwards at a rate of 5 miles a year. Wonderful to watch them.

We still have thrush and skylarks, but not plovers recently.

Apparently the greatest threat to swallows is their being eaten by humans in the countries they migrate to.  Not much on a swallow I imagine. 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:47

I'll second mice.

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