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#121 Misterioso

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 10:42

We have the tree, the pond, the hedgehog and the biodiversity (ie jungle). I have found, though, that hedgehogs don't mix well with the pond. The same is true of cats, dogs and cows, all of which have taken a dip in our pond. After the latter, we had to drain it and mend the liner.


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#122 Aquarelle

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 11:09

My goodness Misterioso - it must be a big pond for a cow to take a dip!  I find myself much comforted by the fact that other people also have "nature reserves."


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#123 Latin pianist

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 11:23

Yes, even National Trust Gardens have Wilderness Area signs. I'm thinking of getting one for my garden.
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#124 Gran'piano

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 12:02

Can they be exported to a non EU country? I need one, not for the garden, which someone else tends, but for my flat.
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#125 zwhe

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 19:59

Almost half of my garden is currently a 'nature reserve' - due to a back injury 5 years ago, along with some family issues, I didn't do anything at all with it for years. I've almost finished clearing the middle section which was previously a 'lawn', but was roughly equal parts meadow grass, couch grass and moss, with many dips and bumps due to years of children playing football, time team (!) etc. I'm going to put in a path and fill it with shrubs - I really hate mowing! I'm hoping to clear the patio after that (there's weeds growing between the slabs, and the hedge is about 8 foot wide), then the bottom next year, which used to be full of fruit and veg. My reward to myself when I have finished everything will be to get a few chickens. 


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#126 Aquarelle

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 09:38

Hope you eventually  get your chicken zwhe.  I'm beginning to wonder if I should invest in a goat or two!


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Posted 02 July 2019 - 09:41

What kind of chickens are you hoping to get Zwhe? There is alot of difference between the different breeds.


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#128 mel2

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 10:51

Lawns might be boring but are less labour-intensive than shrubs and flower beds.
(Hover-mower; done and dusted fairly quickly) I keep reminding OH that we're not getting any younger but he keeps digging up more of the lawn to accommodate a few more shrubs...
Used to have a few Anconas, Marans and some ex-battery Goodness-Knows-Whats but not allowed to keep livestock on this new development.
Wouldn't mind a couple of ducks, though! ("Honestly, Councillor - they just flew in and made themselves at home....") A pond is definitely on the agenda but it would have to be a pre-formed one as our flinty soil would probably puncture a liner.
Loads of bees on the lavender and one of the bird boxes was colonised by bumble bees. Don't they know nuffink??
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#129 jim palmer

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 14:50

Love these roadside wild gardens (seeds sown by the council in Rotherham)

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#130 Aquarelle

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 20:30

Well done Rotherham! clap.gif clap.gif clap.gif


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#131 zwhe

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 20:54

What kind of chickens are you hoping to get Zwhe? There is alot of difference between the different breeds.

I'm not sure - it partly depends on what is available locally. It is only me that eats eggs (older kids at uni and youngest severely allergic), so I don't need good layers. I like silkies best, but I will have to think about it. I live in a city, so no cockerels which means I won't be able to get chicks (unless I get one of the breeds where the male and female are different colours).


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Posted 02 August 2019 - 13:04

I'm in the middle of mowing what used to be back lawn, except it had become like a meadow, but without the wild flowers.  Just lots of different grasses and a bit of past-its-best clover.  I was afraid that if I didn't mow it now whilst it was dry, it would become too high and I'd never be able to do it.  As I mow, lots of tiny butterflies are flying up.  I've moved any ladybirds I've seen to a different part of the garden.  I feel terrible, like an assassin or a rogue landlord displacing sitting tenants sad.png


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#133 Aquarelle

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 08:19

Sounds like me on a wet evening trying not to walk on the snails!  A couple of evenings go I got out of the car and crunched on a poor little snail as I went to open the gate. I then realised that if i drove in I would obliterate a whole snail population. So I carefully removed all the ones I could find and put them safely back in the grass before bringing the car in. I'm quite used to stopping for toads and frogs along the road, but this was a first time snail saving operation!


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#134 Aquarelle

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 15:29

Should I cut of the dead  and drying flowers on my hydrangea or should I leave them alone? Does anyone know?


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#135 LoneM

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 15:34

Basically, yes, deadhead them. More info here: https://www.hydrange...ead-hydrangeas/


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