Latest posts by blueberry77

Talkback: Scale insects

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 18:16

A bowl of warm water with a bit of biodegradable washing up liquid, plus surgical gloves. The detergent takes the stickiness away and the things wash off quite well then.

Where is the buzz of busy bees?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 12:29

The bumblebees were very late coming out of hibernation this year. We may see more as the season goes on once nests are established, but it was bad last year as well so am not hopeful.

bee flies

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 18:00

As others have said the bee fly - bee balance is not a problem. The main impact on our bumbles is habitat loss, that overwhelms anything else and is not a natural cycle.

best organic matter

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:56

If you are growing veg this year then you need stuff that is already rotted down and not fresh. Old leaf mould, composted manure. Even a few grobags or something like that will help.

Over winter while there are no other plants growing you can use fresh manure or green manures then.

Too many raspberries

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:43

If you have space and want to make/keep a raspberry bed it might be worth getting some of that barrier they use to contain bamboo - it does the same job for wandering raspberries.


Veg through the winter months

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 17:52

To grow and eat, baby greens are quite good in pots or troughs in the growhouse

Veg through the winter months

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 17:49

Depends where you are and the soil conditions. I lost all my cabbages, kale and all but one solitary broad bean this last winter. Not just cold but waterlogged and windy. Winter onions survived, and garlic needs planting in winter so that was OK.

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 17:43

Cut it back and put it outside. Strip the lower leaves off the cuttings and stick them in water - when rooted pot up for new plants !

Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 11:13

Well, woke up to snow this morning so looks like am going to have to be patient for a while longer. Might try some potatoes in containers at the end of the month.

Nice to hear from everybody, but it could be a challenging year again for us gardeners.


Has spring arrived for you yet?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:09

Struggling here. A pot of tete a tete in a warm spot by the house are out, elsewhere crocuses and daffs still in bud and a poor showing too.

Not much wildlife either - I have photos from the end of March last year with ladybirds, bumble bees and butterflies all well and truly out of hibernation. Expect they will be late this time round though.


Discussions started by blueberry77

Anyone had success with growing clover ?

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Wasps eating cosmos ?

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Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

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Overwintered failures

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Broad beans again

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Watterlogged soil, everything rotting

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Holes in soil

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Have any of you tried straw as a winter mulch ?

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Last Post: 03/11/2012 at 18:49

Ideas for some instant Autumn colour please

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Last Post: 29/09/2012 at 20:17

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

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Does everyone know about the rhs plant finder ?

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