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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.

mystery indoor tree

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:42

Danish is beyond most of us, but do you have the Latin name?

Anybody know what this will be?

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:39

Looks like willow-herb.  A weed.

Stoney Ground

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:37

Some crops do not appreciate manure so take care what you plant.  Most relish it.

Make sure you stack the turf you have removed, upside down. You will have useful soil to return to your garden when the turves have rotted down.

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:33

Little bit early yet, for swifts.  The ones that nest on the house usually come at the beginning of May. 8 May to be precise last year.

To the person who wondered where house martins and swallows used to nest; on cliffs.

Controlong Japanese Maple size

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:31

It just seems a bit random to have one Acer that is so different from the others.

You do not give any information as to varieties.

If you are helping with a friend's garden who is going to do the pruning (a shame in my opinion) year after year after year?  

Compacted soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:24

When you were pruning, did you tramp all over the soil when it was wet?

The best low-labour method of reviving compacted soil if you can't dig it is to apply copious amounts of home-made compost or very well-rotted manure or leaf-mould or bought-in mulch.  The worms will draw it in gradually.

And try not to walk on the soil.

Poisonous Plants

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:32

The link between Laburnum and schools is that many schools had one in the playground; it is a good urban tree, though you have many, many trees of it in farm hedgerows too. Apparently when fence posts were not available in the War, laburnum branches were used instead (can this be true?) and they took root.

I digress.  Laburnam seeds in tempting (at least to primary-school children) pods are very toxic.  Yet I have never heard of children being poisoned. Training children never to eat anything in the garden unless they check with an adult first is the way to go.

That never stopped us pinching peas, strawberries and raspberries from the garden though!

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:19

The vendor probably let the grass grow to hide the knotweed.  Or am I too cynical?

The best time to inject glyphosate into the stems is, apparently in September before it dies down for the winter.

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