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Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:25

Let me start off by saying that I really do try and garden for wildlife.  Frogs, bees, birds, insects, even mice are welcome in my garden.  However, I cant stand rats.  This morning I spotted one eating the seed that the birds had dropped from the feeder.  Now I had to work long and hard to get a feeding station in my garden as hubby declared 'if you're not careful you'll attract rats".  I simply cant bear to tell him he's right so if someone has an idea of how I can rid myself of roddy please let me know.


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 11:18

and it does.


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 11:17
Topbird wrote (see)

Once you've got the Quote where you want it, make sure you move your cursor so that it's at the left hand margin of the box where you type - you'll see that the Quote is indented a bit

If you want to edit the quote e.g. delete a bit of it , I find it best to do that after you've typed whatever you're going to say. 


Still not perfect - maybe this will be...

Ive found the thread just seeing if it works


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 10:47

Someone the other day finally found out how to do quotes.  Can anyone bump the thread for me cant seem to find it.


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 10:42

Morning all, hope all poorly peeps and pooches are feeling better.

BM: What woofies did you have Yviestevie? Maybe you should get another one! 

No more dogs for me BM I loved my Westies dearly but dogs can be such a tie and I like to be able to pack up and go whenever the fancy takes me.  It used to cost me over £200 in kennel fees everytime I went on holiday and don't start me on the vets bills.

Lesley: Yvie - where are you going to put the new additions

Lord knows Lesley, I've got loads on order, Ive got to plant up where my alliums are to hide the leaves (have ordered some geraniums for that) and also plant something to grow through a Gyp.  The Epimediums are for a couple of difficult dry spots which get shaded from the rain by trees.

Today I'll mostly be learning how to do quotes.....

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 23:50

Really liking this bit of my garden at the moment


 Its nothing special but I like the different leaf combinations.

New small pond for frogs/toads

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 23:45

I get a lot of birds in the back garden including quite a few blackbirds, I never really thought about them eating snails but it does make sense.  I have very few snails in the back garden and don't get that many slugs.  I do use slug pellets at the start of the season when the perennials start coming through, but don't need to use them the rest of the year.  The front garden is a different matter altogether. I get hundreds of snails out there and usually control by popping out on damp evenings and collecting them up manually.


Posted: 18/10/2014 at 23:20

Sorry you're not well BM, hope you feel better soon.  Hope George is OK Bekkie.  Miss my dogs when Im cuddled up on the sofa, it was like having a couple of hot water bottles.

dog bite,anyone know for sure?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 23:14

I have owned a number of dogs in the past.  I always kept them on a lead when out walking.  They did run free in my garden but it was well fenced and there was no possibility of access by anyone unless I allowed them in. 

I love dogs, but I think it is unacceptable for them to bite anyone unless they are seriously provoked.  I certainly wouldn't let them run free on open land whether I owned it or not.  No dog can be bomb proof, they can be ill and in pain or perhaps the weather can become too much for them.  In this instance it was an adult that got bit but it could just as easily have been a child, after all, haven't we all nipped over the odd fence as a child.

One of my dogs was actually attacked whilst on my doorstep by a labrador that ran down my drive. The owner insisted that he always walked the dog off the lead and had never had any trouble before.


Talkback: Help wildlife survive winter

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 23:02

I feed fat ball, seed, nuts, mealworms and any fruit I have that is passed its best.  I dont ground feed but the other birds seem to drop enough to keep the larger birds happy.  I have consciously planted shrubs and perenials that attract wildlife.  I do tidy the garden for the winter but I do have a log pile and have created wildlife 'homes' with housebricks behind some of the shrubs.  I have a birdbath and a half barrel and also try and leave some water in a shallow dish on the floor.  The birds line up to feed and we get lots of insects, frogs and toads, I havent seen any hedgehogs.   We do get the odd cats visiting the garden and I have to say that occasionally I see evidence of a bird kill, although that could be the sparrow hawks that drop in occasionally. 

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