Dobies Plant Nursery at Paignton

After weeks of sunshine I’m not quite sure why I visited the Dobies plant nursery on the first rainy day, but I did. Did I say rain? It was more like a monsoon. Thunder was rolling around the Devon hills and low cloud obscured the view down to the coast. But, the weather was soon forgotten as there was so much of interest to see.

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August Newsletter

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” – James Dent

Let’s hope for a sunny August where we can throw open the doors and windows making the house and garden fully open to each other. Sure, there’s still some gardening jobs to be done but they involve no strenuous labour. Wandering around the garden deadheading faded blooms and cutting fresh ones to fill vases indoors can’t really be classed as chores. Plus, there’s all that eating to do of home-grown salad leaves, tomatoes, peas and more.

So, make a cool drink, pull up a chair and have a browse through our August catalogue.

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Feeding Mixed Corn to Chickens

Mixed corn is to chickens what chocolate is to many humans. Irresistible! My girls would be very happy if I stopped giving them layer’s pellets and instead allowed them to gorge on mixed corn from dawn to dusk. But, sadly like chocolate, corn should only be fed as a treat. Perhaps that’s what keeps it special!

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Fuchsia Pink Panther

Some plants seem to be like marmite but I didn’t think that the fuchsia fell into that category. It seems that perhaps they do. Yesterday I visited nursery and was amazed to see a stunning sea of pink blooming Fuchsia Pink Panther awaiting new homes.

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Red Mite Control Advice

Much as we chicken keepers enjoy the summer months the warmer weather is not without its problems. Possibly the biggest and most irritating, to hens and their humans, is the invasion of the red mite.

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