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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Sparrows
« Last post by JayG on Today at 10:05 »
A lot more than last year, despite quite a large section of next door's overgrown hedge being cut down last year where they used to nest (plenty of other overgrown hedges round these parts though.  ::))

One of them (it may be two different ones - they all look the same to me  ;)) has twice flown into my greenhouse through the automatic vent and then been unable to work out how to reverse the manoeuvre. If it's the same one, they are in danger of being regarded as having even less brain power than wood pigeons!  :lol:

I now have to decide whether to gamble on whether I'll get away with not having to net my runner beans on the Munty frame to stop the little darlings pecking off the shoots and flowers.  :unsure:
Grow Your Own / Re: Privet trimmings as Mulch?????
« Last post by arh on Today at 09:44 »
Thank you very much JayG and Sunshineband, I must admit, I was tempted to go down the mulch route, but wanted other comments first.  :), Certainly under the new hedges first and then on the brussels and cauli's .thank you. arh.
Grow Your Own / Re: Privet trimmings as Mulch?????
« Last post by sunshineband on Today at 08:36 »
If there are no berries to take root (or be eaten, as JayG says it would be  a good mulch. Make sure the ground is good and damp before you put it down though, to get the best out of it
Lovely... thanks for the heads up!
The Hen House / Re: New hens won't go to bed
« Last post by Mr R Design on Today at 06:25 »
If you have got or can get power to the coop rig up a 15w incandescent bulb.

They can't see all types of light and the torch may be throwing out the wrong sort or is to dim. You do not need stronger than 15w and it must be incandescent.

I had the same problem as you and it worked for me.

If they won't go in of their own accord put them in when pretty much dusk whilst the bulb is on and then turn it off half hour after dusk.

Needless to say stick the bulb somewhere safe in the coop and make a shroud out of wire mesh if any concerns.

A car battery set-up will suffice if you don't have power because within less than a week things will have clicked in their brains.
The Hen House / Re: New hens won't go to bed
« Last post by ghost61 on Today at 05:54 »
How old were they when you got them?  If they are older hens, then they will have developed habits and that may be the reason for them roosting outdoors.  Keep putting them in and hopefully they will get the hang of it! 
Grow Your Own / potatoes
« Last post by m1ckz on Today at 01:08 »
dug 2 tattie plants up yesturday  1 rocket an 1 international kidney   the rocket  had less than the int kidney but both very nice anyone else digging yet
Frugal Living / Lidl Living Salad - Komatsuna with Purple Pak Choi
« Last post by Auntiemogs on Yesterday at 23:28 »
A tray of the above for 1 - ideal for filling spaces.  :)
Grow Your Own / Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
« Last post by Rhys on Yesterday at 23:27 »
Bought myself a little toy off Glumtree.:

Had a strimmer bump head thingy that soon ran out of line after shredding the head guard (and cutting blade). Managed to cut down the jungle that were my paths and some borders before it ran out.. Brushcutter blade didn't really do anything. Bought a decent head now that you put cut legths of line in, far better..

Sprinkled some Vitax D-14 on my spuds (couple of Oz/SqYrd) and watered it in after weeding.
Also weeded my carrots and buckwheat, and watered.

Roosters are coming along nicely, whereas the Sarpo Mira are a bit slow..

The Hen House / Re: New hens won't go to bed
« Last post by Diddy Gardener on Yesterday at 22:25 »
Well we tried the torch in the hut and they still prefer the top of the trellis - will try again tomorrow night. I think part of the problem is that they go to the top of the trellis before it's dark and because it's not dark yet they can't see the light. Need to think about this...ho hum  ???
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