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Today at 09:21:56 by squeezyjohn | Views: 25 | Comments: 1

I'd been busy on the allotment with several jobs in the last few weeks - one involved planting out 4 nice new blueberry plants in some acidified soil and collecting loads of pine-needles to give them a nice deep mulch.  It also included sowing a second row of peas for successive cropping.

I'd been wondering why the peas were taking so long to come up even though it's been wet and warm ... and then I noticed lots of green growth coming from under the blueberry bushes ... all my peas were coming up at the opposite end of the plot from where I'd planted them!!!

Who's the culprit?  Mice? ... I thought they'd just eat them there and then rather than attempt to change my allotment plan for the year!
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Yesterday at 18:49:10 by Garden Manager
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I have a mediun sized suburban garden, which i like to think i keep pretty tidy although i have made it wildlife friendly so its not immaculate. Until recently we have not had any trouble with rodents, baring the odd mouse sighting. Recently however we have become aware of rats visiting the garden, becoming increasingly bold in their movements. Nothing much has changed in our own activites that would encourage them. We feed the birds as we have always done. The only change is that there are less cats around the neighbourhood than there used to be.

The oly explanation as to the sudden appearance is that a neglected garden nearby has recently been tidied up. I am guessing they were once happy living in that garden but have now been disturbed, coming into our garden to find food (bird food mainly). A neighbours shed is also a potential 'origin' point, one has been seen disapearing under the fence toward it. Blocking holes in the boundary and changing bird feeding habits has had no effect. have contacted local council and awating a response.

The things give me the creeps. Put off enjoying my garden at present.
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Yesterday at 09:21:55 by Squash64
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Would anyone be up for another meeting this year?  :wave:

We had such a good time last year and I would love to do it again.

You are more than welcome to come here to Birmingham for it, or somewhere
else if people prefer.

Yesterday at 08:17:22 by galina | Views: 58 | Comments: 1

Ancellsfarmer described in the recent tomato thread that he intends using bricks in the greenhouse between newly planted tomatoes to retain a bit of the day's warmth. 

Here is another tip:  Milk bottles filled with water, warm up during the day and give off heat slowly after the sun goes down.  Even better is 'brown water'.  This is diluted 'brown' comfrey fertiliser liquid in water.  The darker liquid takes up more heat than clear liquid.  When the little bottle storage heaters are no longer needed, the contents are useful for watering/fertilising the plants.

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