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by madasafish
Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Squillions of sparrows
Replies: 17
Views: 3253

Re: Squillions of sparrows

Our sparrows have discovered strawberrries.. I rescued one under the nets this morning...
by madasafish
Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Multi-purpose compost???
Replies: 34
Views: 6408

Re: Multi-purpose compost???

Homebase compost is junk. I gave it up years ago for the above reasons mentioned by others. B&Q MPC - in large bags has been great for me - so far.
by madasafish
Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Squillions of sparrows
Replies: 17
Views: 3253

Re: Squillions of sparrows

Lots of young here: more than normal.

I reckon the late spring means more insects for the young...

(Same for great tits)
by madasafish
Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Fewer slugs?
Replies: 11
Views: 2573

Re: Fewer slugs?

Far fewer slugs and snails. I blame the drier weather as we have a marshy field next door: they must be zillions there..
by madasafish
Mon May 31, 2010 6:08 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Petrol mower won`t go.
Replies: 20
Views: 8608

Re: Petrol mower won`t go.

When was it last serviced?
by madasafish
Thu May 27, 2010 8:56 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Rich Londoners with second homes rule the rooster! OK?
Replies: 38
Views: 4634

Re: Rich Londoners with second homes rule the rooster! OK?

Primrose's comments on foxes made me laugh. The only more disturbing noise at night - from nature that is- is the sound of owls courting. We have an oak tree next to our bedroom window and it appears to be a favourite trysting place for lovesick owls..
by madasafish
Wed May 26, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Rich Londoners with second homes rule the rooster! OK?
Replies: 38
Views: 4634

Re: Rich Londoners with second homes rule the rooster! OK?

I like to complain about the peasants which crow early in the morning. They are wild and intractable..

Sorry I mean pheasants...

Treatment of course for both is the same: let them eat cake or lead...:-)
by madasafish
Wed May 26, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Rich Londoners with second homes rule the rooster! OK?
Replies: 38
Views: 4634

Re: Rich Londoners with second homes rule the rooster! OK?

We have the best of both worlds. Live right on the edge of a small town- all supermarkets of every type within 8 miles... fields on the back, a National Trust Garden across the fields and the Peak National Park within 15 miles drive.. Who wants to live in the country when it's full of peasants or fa...
by madasafish
Thu May 20, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Wife has declared a 'Foxwa'
Replies: 8
Views: 1866

Re: Wife has declared a 'Foxwa'

Bonemeal used as fertiliser?
by madasafish
Wed May 19, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: When to plant out.
Replies: 8
Views: 2474

Re: When to plant out.

I leave all my young plants outside in late May to harden off: can always cover if a frost and plants out at the very end which is usually a Bank Holiday...
by madasafish
Thu May 13, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Happy side effect of the bad winter
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Happy side effect of the bad winter

Our outdoor strawberries have just started to flower. Lots of gooseberries, and white/red/black current fruit set.

Damson prolific ditto apples , and pears. Unless they are frosted or we have a dreadful summer, looks like a bumper year (crosses fingers)
by madasafish
Thu May 13, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Frost alert!
Replies: 93
Views: 9624

Re: Frost alert!

Well despite the forecast -4C, no frost. I reckon - from my early morning run - about 2 to 3C.

Waste of paraffin switching on heater..

Nice and sunny here but only about 12C tops forecast.

Our crab apple blossom is still out : after 2 weeks...
by madasafish
Wed May 12, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Pheasant
Replies: 7
Views: 1741

Re: Pheasant

Nice bird but so noisy. Wake us up every morning.. Sit on our quail cages and turn the roofs white :-(
by madasafish
Wed May 12, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Frost alert!
Replies: 93
Views: 9624

Re: Frost alert!

And here
-4C forecast thei evening.

Greenhouse with low paraffin heater min temperature of 5C.

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