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Our very old decorative cherry blossom tree has really rallied this year. Last year it did very poorly, barely flowered, and I was talking about having it taken out. I cut it back a lot (quite brutally I have to admit) last autumn and standing under it now I can hear dozens of #bees in the canopy. It stays. #savethebees #pollinators #grow #gardening #blog
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One size doesn’t always fit all, or, in other words, the standard solution doesn’t always work out. We have eight small bantams in a Mark 1 Eglu Cube. We don’t get eight eggs every day even when they are all in lay, which suits us fine. Over the last two days I’ve noticed eggs laid on the roost bars. Rather than being cross at the #backyardchickens I’ve adapted by taking out the rear set of roost bars and putting in some more nest boxes. It doesn’t bother me when they sleep in the nest boxes either – surely they know what they want to do more than I do! #grow #blog
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Our #backyardchickens needed a wind shelter facing away from the alley. Got some willow rods on order to GROW them one but that won’t be ready this season. Using what I already had – an old mini greenhouse! I’ve taken out the wire shelves and some of the internal poles to make it more perchable, and fixed it to the frame of the run. Also moved in some old wood for enrichment. Yes, I spoil them. #grow #mend #reuse #blog
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After a precautionary soak in boiling water, I have now replaced the 3 piece plastic and plastic foam #waterfilter in our #tropicalfishtank with loofah. The key to fitting, by the way, is to carve with a bread knife. It certainly functions well enough: let’s see how it goes. Internet research says a few months before it needs to go in the compost but of course this is not a widely publicised use for it. #zerowaste #blog #lessplastic #thinkdifferently
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Last year we switched to #vinegar mix #cleaningspray and haven’t looked back. Nor have we died from plague, as leading commercial cleaner adverts would like to imply! We have been scenting it with essential oils, spearmint for choice. Today I’ve started an experiment to see if soaking orange peel in the undiluted vinegar really does scent it. Day 1. 568ml of white vinegar (bought in a glass bottle for choice). 1 orange peel ( which will be added to as more are eaten!) #zerowaste #mend #reuse #reduce #blog
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