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Mid Suffolk Potato Day

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Goodall Feb 10, 2014. 2 Replies

I visited this event yesterday at Stonham Aspal in Suffolk. This was the first time I have ever been to such an event.Very impressed with such a wide range of tubers. Some new, some rare and some…Continue

Square Foot Gardening

Started this discussion. Last reply by Southbourne Gardens Feb 5, 2014. 18 Replies

Has anyone tried this method of gardening?  I am very seriously thinking of giving it a go this year.  Ideal for small spaces.Continue

Growing season as started

Started this discussion. Last reply by 0kzxpni3t2wvu Jan 6, 2014. 17 Replies

This morning I kicked off the season by sowing Bedford Champion onions. Now sitting snug in the airing cupboard.  Probably do Chilli and toms next week.Now going out to put the Garlic in.Has anyone…Continue

Storm

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Goodall Oct 31, 2013. 14 Replies

So how did we all fair in the storm?  I checked our garden as soonas I got home from work last night and fortunately all is in tact. Though I did go round on Saturday and check the greenhouse was…Continue

 

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At 13:51 on January 12, 2013, Pauline Slater said…

Hi Andrew, I haven't actually got a garden as such, just a small piece of soil that's bricked off to one side in my back yard. A few months ago while my next door neighbour still had his grape vine growing up above the wall on my side there was a pair of blackbirds that was visiting every day so I decided to build a bird feeding table to offer them food because they was scouting through my yard for food also, my neighbour has since cut the vine down and the birds are not bothering with the table I made, I joined for some ideas on how to get the birds to come back and feed :) I bought a new greenhouse last year but not been able to put it up yet because of the weather, I need to finish doing the base but the frost is not good to mix cement in lol I still have the plastic greenhouse up and I grow lots of things in containers, because last year was my first year I didn't grow a great deal but intend to try and do much better this year. I want to plant flowers to attract bees and insects as-well as growing veg

At 9:34 on October 31, 2013, Adem Djemil said…

Hi Andrew. Thanks for the comment on my blog. I'm still learning so it's helpful to get tips like that. I've pulled the onions now and looking forward to eating them!

At 7:16 on November 6, 2013, Susan Telford said…
Hi,

I am a beginner gardener , have dabbled a little bit, but this next year is going to be the best, with help from you guys I hope!
At 12:52 on November 6, 2013, Andrew Goodall said…

I hope you have a good growing year Susan. Despite all the help, the weather has to be kind also.

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At 10:49 on January 7, 2014, Andrew Goodall said…

Hello Stephanie

Interesting to read about the wildlife in your garden. I note that like myself you are Suffolk based. I am in the north west, twix Bury and Diss.  We have a number of nesting boxes in our garden last year we had Blue Tit in one and Great Tit in another, though there has not been any sign of prospecting just yet.  Blackbirds are daily visitors to the bird table and a pair bred last year. The year before we had a pair of Linnet nesting which was fantastic.

Happy wildlife gardening to you too and please keep us updated on what is happening on the plot.

 

Pleased you are bee friendly.

At 20:32 on January 10, 2014, Andrew Goodall said…

Hi Stephanie

Thanks for your posting, with out getting too personal, you mention sparrow flocks when you was a child. Our UK bird populations are always changing and the sad fact is that many species are reducing in numbers, Sparrows being one such species. Some gardens which used to have dozens do not have any at all now, so you are most unlikely to see the same numbers. In addition to changing population levels habits are also changing. In the last 5 to 10 years we have seen birds like Goldfinch, Redpoll and Bullfinch, which never used to visit garden feeders are now regularly visiting many feeders.

Many of the changes are not just weather related but as a result of changes in farming practices, more people feeding birds, habitat changes, possible global warming etc. So no single cause at all but a combination.

I would advise feeding all year round if finances allow. Alot of people stop when Spring arrives thinking that it is warmer so the birds will be OK.  Many of the birds visiting our gardens are seed eaters (finches)  After winter all stocks of seeds in the wild will have been eaten or dropped to the ground and lost to feeding birds so in actual fact our seed eaters struggle until the first spring flowers have set seed, so you are looking at April or early May, that is a  long time without a plentiful supply of food unless we keep our feeders topped up.

Hope this all makes sense?

At 10:40 on January 13, 2014, Andrew Goodall said…

Morning Stephanie

A seed mix with no Barley or Oats in it and maximum 40% Wheat, otherwise you are paying for cheap filler. Also avoid the pretty coloured bits which are found in Rabbit and Guinea Pig food, again cheap filler. You will have to guess the Wheat ration whern you look at the bag (ensure you can see the contents). In addition to Wheat you are looking for Black Sunflower, Millet, Canary Seed, Linseed, Sunflower Hearts. The list could go on but really you need variety.

The other option is trial and error, if the birds east it then you are Ok If they leave it or alot of it then it is rubbish.

Peanuts in their shells are OK for entertainment value but it just increases the time and effort the bird uses to get the food. Perhaps not such a good idea when it is very cold outside. there are lots of wire feeders available for peanuts out of the shells.

At 22:10 on January 16, 2014, Andrew Goodall said…

Owl pellets are a good idea. It is a few years since I did any pellet dissection. Used to do it regularly when I ran a YOC group in the Midlands.

At 16:52 on January 20, 2014, Andrew Goodall said…

Thanks Stephanie. It is also great that you encourage youngsters to the allotment. So many today have no clue about gardening/farming etc. They all think food comes on a tray from Tesco

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