Zoomer44


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wildlife in the city

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 22:47

Sadly things change flowering rose.

I grew up in the sixties, in a house which backed onto a field and post war allotments. There was a huge derelict pig farm and vicarage with orchard. I recall being woken at the crack of dawn to the sound of birds. There were owls too, which would sometimes keep you awake and horses would sometimes be grazing in the field.

We would collect grasshoppers, ladybirds and butterflies in the summer and have competitions to see who could collect the most before letting them go. The noise of grasshoppers could sometimes be deafening. We'd also go out collecting gooseberries, blackberries, rashberries and get apples from the vicarage. Then there were the wild flowers which could be picked. There were old, man made water holes at the derelict pig farm were hundreds of frogs lived. If I ever said I was bored, I recall getting into trouble, and we seldom watched TV. Once a year the field would be cut and we'd build den's with the bales of hay.

We lived along a road on the main A6, it was at the edge of the city, now where I played is a built up area. The only thing left from that time is a tree, which you can still see from the main road, we called it the big tree, many a day was spent seeing who could climb the furthest up it and there's probably quite a few adults who scratched their names on it as children.

Very little in the way of wildlife exists there now. The orchard is probably still there no doubt fenced off in the name of Health and Safety.

I'm a short walk now from the country and a river estuary and also encourage birds to the garden, not quite the same as years gone by when nature was on my doorstep.

growing onions from plants

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 21:27

I've Red Baron, Bedfordshire Champion and Golden Bear onion seeds from 2010, never got round to sowing them, would they still be viable to sow this year.

Seed swap

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 15:03

Sam. recieved the sweet pepper seeds today, thank you.

Yours should arrive tomorrow or the day after, posted mine the day after you posted. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 20:26

NW - Dull and wet although mild enough to open the GH door today. The roof vent had leaked and a tray of sweet pea was almost over flowing with water so I hope it doesn't freeze tonight otherwise they maybe lost.

Rain- I've found a local garage selling those shoe grips, only £4.99 but they didn't have my size, supposed to be getting more in this week  

Liming the soil

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 22:48

Alan,  I made feed from seaweed this year and have bottles of it left over, will it keep till the spring or do you make a fresh batch each year. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 22:38

 Thinkng the same thing and before we know it the clocks will be changing.

Raining on and off all day but no frost, and it's been a few degree's warmer.

Seed swap

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 22:28

Sam, I've sent my address. If you send yours the seeds will be on their way.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 20:35

It's rained all day here in the NW. Been out driving in it most of the day too. Was driving south on the M6 just before mid day in heavy rain and for some reason the over head signs were warning drivers of the sever weather conditions in the NE  giving the impression...if you think it's bad on this side of the country... it's even worse on the other side

Best runner bean

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 20:16

I tried Painted Lady and Scarlet Empire this year, they were both good croppers and tasty. Much prefer runner and french beans to broad beans.  

Garden table

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 20:08

I cut corners and just gave it one coat of each.Will try again come spring

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