Latest posts by Welshonion

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 20:41
The starlings leave one sentry in the tree to call the others when I put out the food. One year I put 46 into the Bird count (it was correct) and the RSPB queried it.

I think they should ask if you feed the birds, because it makes a great difference to the numbers. Though we have plenty of wrens and wagtails and they never come to the bird table.

seed pellets

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 15:33
Seed pellets are an expensive way of buying seeds. If you want to sow thinly in the greenhouse put the seeds on a saucer and just slide as many seeds as you need into the soil with your finger or thumb. It may seem a bit laborious but it will save loads of time when pricking out or thinning..

What's best for a thick fast hedge

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 15:28
Do not plant anything evergreen close to your house; it will depress you.

Beech is good as it keeps its dead leaves through the Winter but bursts forth with new leaves in the Spring.

Has anyone successfully stopped a planning application before?

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 12:51
Have the ancient apple trees got Tree Preservation Orders on them?

Egg dilemma?

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:59
Fresh eggs keep for a minimum of three weeks. They can be frozen in convenient lots, but label them with the number or volume.

Of course chickens are cannibals! They are omnivores and bullies, sometimes, and will peck a fellow chicken to death if they perceive it is a weakling.

Why don't you hard boil them and pickle them. What a tasty treat.

I certainly would not add raw egg to a worm colony. Not sure why, but I wouldn't.

Just read the OP; you only have 10 to deal with. Hardly a problem. Custard or scrambled eggs for lunch.

Has anyone successfully stopped a planning application before?

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:51
Tootles says the building is already listed.


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 00:52
Are they sold for planting or for cooking? If they are sold for cooking they may not shoot if they have been sprayed with a shoot retardant.

What would you do?

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 10:51
You buy it as a plant. It gets pruned down to the ground in Spring and then you get a display of stems of new growth in the Winter. Choose a variety that will give you a good colour, like Edd's example above. They look especially striking in the sun.

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 18:36
Thanks, Edd. Happy Christmas to you and your worms.


Posted: 22/12/2014 at 23:32
Loads of butterflies hibernating in the house this year. I've put them in the porch where it's cooler, but frost-free.

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