What Jobs Are We Doing In The Garden Today 2020

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  1. Upsydaisy

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    Been out there all day again:yahoo:.

    Planted out some young Hellibores and continue dividing and moving things about. I am going to attempt direct sowing this year to save on compost ( that I haven't got much of now). I am still doing some tray and pot sowings , just cutting back a bit. Just hope the garden will look pretty this year as we'll be spending a lot of time in it!! :fingers crossed:
     
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      Did nothing in the garden today. Compounded, polished and waxed the truck and took a video of the stuff that I am desperate to move from the tunnel to make way for more seeds that are in the outbuilding currently.

      Excuse the jerkiness / shuffling noises

       
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        I got the Hedge Trimmer, Reciprocating Saw, and Hand Saw out and starting cutting the Blue Buddleja, in the West corner of the Patio, down. Because I wasn't able to prune it last year, due to being ill, the Buddleja has turned into a monster and brute of a Shrub. I used the Hedge Trimmer to basically cut the majority of the branches down and I was amazed how it managed to get through some really thick stems where I would have, normally, resorted to a Saw. I had to use both the Reciprocating Saw and the Hand Saw, once the main outer growth had been cut out, to cut through some of the treelike trunks while leaving some shoots on the trunks.
        I don't know if anyone else has the same problem with Buddlejas but the Pollen and dust from them cause me to choke when I breathe it in or get it in the mouth and it's not a nice experience. I did manage to get away with it for most of the time today but, towards the end, I did start to choke. I have done 90% of the cutting back and what is left are large thick stems that have protruded through the Chicken Wire frames on the top of my fences. So, tomorrow, I will get the Secateurs and Saw out again to free the stems from the frames........and I will be wearing a mask to stop myself choking.
        Another thing that I will need to do is get rid of a lot of the Ivy that has crept along the fences. So I've ordered 5 litres of White Vinegar to make into a solution in a Pressure Sprayer and give the Ivy a good soaking to kill it off. You have to be careful to make sure that the Vinegar/Water solution doesn't get on other plants but it will get rid of the Ivy.
        Anyway, covered in Buddleja pollen, dust and debris I headed for the Shower, something to eat and a Mug of Tea!!:cat-kittyandsmiley::coffee:
         
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          Have you seen your Doctor about that, andrews??:scratch::doh::hate-shocked::heehee:
           
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            I did some more digging and weeding. Quite difficult to do as a lot of it was getting out strawberry weed. :phew:

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            Then I came across this!!!! Grrr!
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              No!!! Don't hunt Wabbits, live and let live especially as there is so much death around us all at the moment....what's a carrot between our furry friends?

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              Don't forget that the Easter Bunny won't come if you hurt his friends.
               
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                  Spent all afternoon on the back lawn :phew: more weeding of rogue grass ( it way over the top really :rolleyespink: neighbours must think I am losing the plot ) I've spent for to much time on that lawn the past week are so, after finishing weeding the lawn bit of spiking with the fork - over seeded - top dressed and re leveled on one of the corners.
                   
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                    I did and he's given me tablets for it :heehee:
                     
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                      Carrots would be fine - a seventeen year old forsythia and eleven other perennials, for a starter - is not! You're welcome to keep coming and replacing our lovingly grown plants if you wish.
                       
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                        We had this conversation last year if I remember correctly @shiney . :)

                        The rabbits were there long before you or your garden were. Likewise here too and our house ( well the original part) is well over a 100 yrs old. It's not their fault that we grow things that they happen to find tasty. All our plants are lovingly grown and tended to.....but wildlife wins with me everytime.:dbgrtmb:
                         
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                          I do not understand your rabbits. Mine refuse to eat anything. I even organically grew leaf lettuce for them and they didn't eat it! They visit all the time but only fertilize the area :)
                           
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                            We are surrounded by literally 100s of the little fluff balls, they come into our garden and yes they have a bit of a tasty feast even on some of our Forsythia....and that was here when we bought the house 38yrs ago.
                            But the sheer joy of being honoured with visits from them and all other wildlife far outweighs any said ' damage' .
                            That was the whole point of moving here to be amongst the wildlife and not the city dwellers.

                            I have even taken an injured wild bunny to the vet to get treatment. Love them.
                             
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                              @Upsydaisy I wondered why one rabbit would sit so calmly in my raised bed until I researched it and discovered they can sleep with their eyes open and adversary style movements "wake" them up. So cool!

                              I guess me saying, "hello bunny" was wasted effort. :)
                               
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                                And, I think, my answer was the same.

                                Our rabbits have always been very welcome in the past but these are not just nibbling things.

                                They are continually digging holes at the base of the plants and chewing through the roots. The forsythia was 7ft high but had it's roots exposed and chewed through until the whole thing collapsed. Other plants are receiving a similar treatment except that they then also eat part of the plants as well uprooting them.

                                An occasional hole in the garden (I just fill them in again) and some nibbling of leaves has always been a happy compromise and we have also treated sick or injured rabbits as well as other wild life but total devastation of plants is unacceptable.

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                                Being fed one of her concoctions by pipette
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                                Yesterday this bird was unconscious on the lawn. With some care and some of her concoctions he recovered and flew away.
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