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welcome to the frogbit blog

welcome to the frogbit blog

Hi there. Welcome to the website. I have a weekly blog and quite often a guest blog from professional gardener Rob Brown. On the blog page are some evergreen blogs that i have made easily accessible. I realised a used the word ‘blog’ a lot in the previous 2 sentences..oops done it again..but what can you do, eh? You can also access all my podcasts from here and i have also started putting them on youtube (audio only) just in…

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Kinder pest control part 2

Kinder pest control part 2

Here’s the second half of Rob’s blog on eco friendly pest control…. My search for safer and cleaner ways to garden started when I came across a ‘non-harmful’ weed spray in a shop a few years ago and was wondering what wonderful organic means had been discovered to kill weeds without poisoning the environment. They were selling this wonder solution for only five pounds per 350ml. – I searched the writing on the bottle and eventually found the list of…

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A kinder pest control-part 1

A kinder pest control-part 1

Another fascinating guest blog from gardener Rob Brown. Again, an epic so I have split it down the middle and you can get the second part next week….. When I say the words ‘Kinder Pest Control’ I imagine all those little weeds and beasties in our garden jumping up and down with happiness and relief that maybe their days aren’t as numbered as they thought. I’m sorry to disappoint guys. When I say ‘Kinder’ I really mean to the environment…

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Hungry Like the wolf in sheeps clothing

Hungry Like the wolf in sheeps clothing

As last weeks blog was ‘The High of the Tiger’, though admittedly no tigers were mentioned, i thought i’d discuss another large four legged beast this week. I was reading last week about the female wolf who has managed to get to Belgium. The first wolf in the country for a hundred years. Fitted with a collar at the age of 6 months, her journey has been tracked across Europe,. Now she’s reached belgium. She’s even got a name….. Naya….

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The High of the Tiger

The High of the Tiger

I have told you before that we collect windfalls of cooking apples from our allotment and bring them over to the garden for the blackbirds. Well…. as i was doing this the other day, there were a few really ripe ones and Dawn asked ‘do you think the blackbirds get drunk on the fermented ones’.. I’m sure you’ve all seen the clip of the drunken elk… there’s also ones of a drunken monkeys. I wonder if there is a drunk…

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sharing your garden with wildlife part 2

sharing your garden with wildlife part 2

Here’s Rob Brown guest blogging again with the second half of his fascinating blog… I used to live in the North East but now live and work in Suffolk where I am  surrounded by crickets every summer and what an unexpected joy they are, pinging around as I work and I sometimes even hear them chirping. It could be grasshoppers that I hear as they are around too and I have never got close enough to a one making a…

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Sharing your garden with wildlife-part 1

Sharing your garden with wildlife-part 1

Here’s a great blog from Rob Brown. He wrote so much that we decided it would be best split in two so it’s the first half this week and second half next. Enjoy I wrote a reply to Chris about his problem with rats and it got me thinking about wildlife in gardens. There is nothing like a spot of light weeding for chasing the blues away. Almost every time I start weeding someone’s garden, I hear the fluid song…

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tales of the riverbank

tales of the riverbank

My tale today,  strangely enough, doesn’t have anything to do with riverbanks. For those of you old enough to remember, Tales of the Riverbank used to be a kids programme about the adventures of hammy the  hamster, a guinea pig, a rat and guest appearances from various other creatures. I didn’t know this until recently but it was redone in the 90’s and a feature film was made in 2008!! How did i miss them? What was unusual about it…

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Why is it a new year at new year?

Why is it a new year at new year?

Happy new year and i hope you had a good christmas break. You notice how I said ‘Christmas’? Apparently now, thanks to Donald Trump we are allowed to say christmas again, because, you know, ‘we’ (presumably meaning us whitey’s) were stopped before by… you know …’foreigners’ (probably muslims but who knows what goes on in the minds of racists). Well now we can. Thanks Donald. I’m not sure how he went about it, other than saying ‘merry christmas’…i don’t know…

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Into winter

Into winter

 I’d like to thank Rob for that fascinating blog post last week, i really enjoyed it and i hope you did too. Talking of Rob, it was he who pointed me in the direction of ‘The Detectorists’ some time ago. I thought i’d better check it out as he’d been raving about series 2 and when series 3 started i thought i should try it from the start. I must say what a wonderful bit of TV; funny, poignant, uncynical…

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Loss of Separation

Loss of Separation

It’s a Rob Brown guest blog again this week folks. Don’t forget to feeds the birds, especially during this really cold snap, we’re having. Over to you Rob..   I recently talked about having variety in your garden so that there are flowers all year round for insects to forage on. It occurred to me that it may just be the [lack of] management of the garden that is preventing this from happening. You may have a large variety of…

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