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The danger of frozen water pipes is on my mind during this freezing weather, but I'm also concerned that garden birds are suffering, too.Water in my bird bath quickly turns into a solid sheet of ice on cold nights, and hasn't been thawing out during
What a freezing start to 2009 it's been. It's absolutely perishing down here in Bath and must be almost unbearable further north, or east for that matter. The watering can outside my back door is solid with ice and even the curly kale is looking
of worms, slugs and beetles. But it’s too small, which is bad enough in summer, but with all the freezing temperatures of late the composting process has come to a complete standstill. Compost heaps break down quicker in summer because the bacteria involved
I'm really loving this freezing weather. My hands and feet aren't very happy, though, despite my recent investment in 'serious' socks. What's making me so happy is the thought of all those garden pests perishing during the frosty nights.I'm hoping
British plums. Yet their flavour and variety is superior to any from abroad, they freeze well, they're incredibly versatile and our consumption of them helps to support UK farmers.So, I am mounting a pincer attack. As well as writing a letter, I've also
Today we got our first proper frost. The roofs of the buildings are dusted with white, the grass is crispy underfoot and the seedheads are glittering with ice - at least they are when the sun breaks through the lowering cloud. All very lovely, except for the fact that it’s a litt...
A term used to describe plants that are unable to stand frost or freezing temperatures.
for codling moth larvae. Once they’ve been removed, everything else goes in – even the odd bit of grass.The apples need to be broken up before being squashed, and I copy Eric’s method of freezing them solid, then defrosting them thoroughly. Freezing breaks
. But others haven’t been so lucky.I asked Jules Howard at Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) what was going on. He explained that because male frogs often lie dormant at the bottom of ponds during winter, they’re prone to dying when the ponds freeze over
't miss a bargainFinish clearing fallen leavesTurn off the mains water supply to outside taps and wrap with insulation to prevent freezingWater pots of spring bulbsFloat waterproof pond heaters in fish ponds to prevent ice covering the surfaceGive pots