bookmonster


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Winter Veg Growing

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:06

I overwintered spring onions, chard and spinach beet last year, without a greenhouse. As Nin says, this was more something to keep the beds busy and eat in the spring, but  you may be able to pick a few leaves when it's mild.

Plants for wildlife

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:01

Herbs are great for bees and good at surviving drought, so can be good in containers! If you have a small space, remember you will get more pollinating insects if you have a lot of a few things rather than a little bit of everything. It makes the flowers easier to find and they can lazily hop from one bloom to the next!

Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 12:25

Thanks for all the ideas, I'll look into them! Plenty of ideas there. It's just hard to come up with things that are bee/hoverfly friendly and have that much height!

Gardeners hands! Best cream?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 12:18

I am also guilty of washing my hands too often and they start to dry out. I leave hand cream all over the house so I don't forget to use it! I use disposable plastic gloves for messy jobs/jobs with chemicals, they're very cheap from Poundland or household/hardware shops - or you can use plain old rubber gloves. Ecover do antibacterial wipes, I get them from Sainsbury's.

Speaking to a doctor or pharmacist definitely sounds like a good idea.

 

Grey Squirrel

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 22:06

I guess it's about keeping things in balance. Grey squirrels are lovely in themselves, and their intelligence can make them fun to watch, but they can also be a nuisance. Much like the jackdaws, they're intelligent and interesting to watch but can eat more than their fair share. I try and avoid using pesticides and would be very grateful if the birds ate more of the slugs and snails!

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:27

Thanks! I've removed as many as I can find and I'll try and get out there every day.

Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:13

Below is a picture of our nectar bar border in the sunshine today. We started it in autumn 2012, and we're really pleased with the way it's shaping up -  the chives and harebells are very popular with honey bees at the  moment.

 


 

The one issue is that the hollyhocks are being ravaged by rust, so we're considering replacing them after this year. For such a small border though, they do a great job of adding height, and I'm a bit stuck for ideas. Can anyone think of something that may work? We're going for informal but not too wild, and are open minded about what sort of customers we attract. The soil is improved clay, and it's partial shade. The garage wall faces roughly south and the back fence roughly west.

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:04

Thanks! Had trouble posting the pics at first but that looks like them. If they were something more pleasant I'd have left them but I think they can come off!

 

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:01


 


 

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:59
These caterpillars are very distinctive but I'm having no joy with caterpillar ID sites. Any ideas?

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