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Bird feeders

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 17:32

It's that time of year for the RSPB garden bird count; text 'bird' to 70020 and they will tell you all about it. I did it last year, but I think the birds got wind of it and had a day trip to Cambridge: there were virtually none in my garden that day


Posted: 05/01/2014 at 13:07

Orlaya Grandiflora is lovely, I think I got the seeds from the Telegraph online garden shop.

Blogs to keep us contented over the wet wintery weather

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 13:05

I'm a bit puzzled; how come some of the blog addresses work as direct links to click on and others don't?

New to gardening and no idea where to start

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 13:00

Hello Gulliver, You could make a list of small projects, e.g.

1.Clear left side of ivy

2.Use old knife/trowel to clear weeds around path, or use weedkiller......

make sure that each project only takes 2 or 3 hours, leaving you time to clear up afterwards. Bag up the weeds and take them to your local Council Dump. In future you could compost the annual weeds before they set seed, but you cannot do that with perennials. For large garden projects break them down into small jobs.

Don't forget to tick each one off as it is achieved

help with garlic

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 12:45

I plant my garlic in the veg bed which is a mix of compost and sharp sand to aid drainage. I can't imagine any bulb which is not suitable for planting at the edge of a pond would like to be sitting neck deep in water for the 2 coldest months of the year.

Bird feeders

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:08

Should it be lard or beef suet in homemade fatballs? I am not sure about the difference as I use neither in cooking.


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:00

Hamza, I have answered your garlic query on your other (garlicky) thread. When it comes to planting anything from seed, it really pays to read the suppliers recommendations for planting times on the packet. Sometimes you can get away with planting a bit late in the spring and summer, but in the Autumn the ground cools down and some things won't germinate.

help with garlic

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 16:55

Yes, I would replant them; unless you can drill a few holes near the base of the pot (if it is plastic) they love being outside. As far as I understand, they need the cold to help them split into cloves. If you have to grow them in a pot, not the open ground, then make sure they have good drainage. Good luck with them

santa's growhouse

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:09

I had a tomato growhouse a while back and used it for propagating from about April onwards (I had a tiny paraffin heater) and growing toms later in the season.

Wishes and resolutions

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:06


Discussions started by artjak

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Best crop ever 
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Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Advice needed on propagation 
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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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