Zoomer44


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Lidl

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 21:33

Thanks Duncan and a happy birthday to Mrs G on the 6th.

Pallets

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 22:16

I made a raised bed and two gates for the allotment yesterday out of 2 pallets and still have 6 left for a compost area.

Good look with the project Garden girl. You might find the hardest part is breaking up the pallets, they don't come apart easy but were there's a will, there's a way

Egg Shells

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 20:24

 What a lot of replies Tracey...haven't had time to read them all but replying to your first Q, if the shell has been cracked in half for frying, baking etc I just rinse the two halves in water under the tap and put them in a plastic container in the kitchen, they dry in a few day's, them crunch up... when the container gets full, I put the lid on and store in shed ready for use. 

For hard boiled eggs, providing it's just the skin and shell...that goes into the plastic container too...egg shells don't do your soil harm... it's good to recycle and adds small amounts of calcium. I tend to use shells just in pots though or the GH beds.

Bindweed :(

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 22:33

Would roundup be effective, I try to be as organic as I can and roundup was going to be an absolute last resort on two tree stumps at the bottom of the plot but their roots are alive and growing despite being cut down.

  

Bindweed :(

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 21:52

I can't answer your Q Suzy but does bindweed die back in winter leaving thin dead vines on tree's? I might have bindweed on an allotment just aquired.

I'm sure someone will be along soon to answer your Q, hopefully they'll be able to answer mine too...

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 21:38

Hi, nut, you were nearer the mark first time, I looked through January's GWM and they look like a pr of Coal tit's and are smaller than robins by 2cm although they didn't look it, sorry gave you the wrong info...my eye sight isn't what it was.    

We do get Reed buntings though down by the river.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:35

Nice day here in the NW until about 4pm and then the heavens opened. Harlow Carr is looking like a day trip, if I manage to get there at all this week, I'm not complaining, had a good day on the allotment with loads done and met one of the other newbie's. 

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 19:50

Not sure how big those are nut, I'm not very good with bird id but would say about robin size possibly alittle bigger and slimmer, robins tend to seem more rounded than slim.

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 19:32

There were two birds in the garden this morning, I think building a nest in the hedge, they kept disappearing into a hole. Never seem them before and can't find my bird book to identify them. It was early this morning so bear with me,  I think they were grey with white breasts and a black stripe around the backs of their necks, really nice clear markings.

Does anyone know what they were? 

Seeds

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 23:45

Seeds are a ridiculous price and the number of seeds in a packet usually far exceed how many you need or want.There are some seed companies on line which offer less seeds at a more reasonable price.    

I tend to buy most of my veg seeds..and flower seeds come free with magazines, that way you generally have a good read and get free seeds into the bargin.  

Saving seeds from both flowers and veggies works out more economical too and the real seed company encourages you to save veg seeds.

I also find checking out whats in the childrens section of seeds on offer from different seed suppliers useful, seeds are usually cheaper and sometimes offer the variety you want, for instance I purchased some Gourds ' Russian Doll' at Kew for £1 59, the same seeds in the adult section were almost double.      

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