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Posted: 14/06/2014 at 18:48

French beans

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:34

I'd get a fresh batch of beans.

I sow singly in 3 inch pots under cover, and then plant out when they have the second set of true leaves. You just about have time to save the season.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:18

Hogweed, that Cornus with the pink bracts....... what variety is it?. Mine gets a pink tinge at the edges, but nothing like that.

All the hard work is paying off, Cotty.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:08

Thats fine dove.

My mollys are in buckets, probably 4 year old,flowered this year.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 15:44

For Star Gaze lily.

My first  deep rootrainers didn't have a lid. The new ones , I paid less for and do have a lid. Its possible there are both knocking around. As these are going to be in there a long time, I suppose the lid will stop them drying out as fast, but I dont think its vital.

Talkback: Urban foxes on the allotment

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 15:13

It is emotive and it would be horrible tol lose all the chickens. I know someone with a smallholding out in the derbyshire peaks, A very rural area, and foxes all over. She leaves a light on in the chicken shed all year. This apparently deters the foxes and the hens lay all year.  Its a bit cold up there so I swap various veg from my garden for eggs.

Our foxes live in the wild (private ) wood next door. 5 acres is surrounded by housing, many of whom feed the foxes. We are encouraged to have wildlife in the garden.

We put out food for birds.  They multiply and the sparrowhawk is attracted.The finches chuck food out on the floor which attracts mice and voles. The owl hunts  the mice. The pond attracts frogs,toads and newts.  The frog breeding session attracts the heron who fancies a quick snack.  Foxes are attracted by rodents, as well as food put out for them, and the hedgehog likes an easy meal as well.

City foxes rip open sacks of rubbish put out and fast food discarded by people.

In our area we have wheely bins. We started feeding the foxes after seeing an obviously pregnant female looking very thin. They cannot scavenge from binbags, and we enjoy the sight of them in the garden. It has taken a long time to get one to trust us. far from being the brazen city foxes, entering houses etc,any slight movement and they disappear.

We had one evening that we will always remember. One adult appeared, a couple of cubs, then another adult, more cubs, more cubs. All of a sudden we had 4 adults and 12 cubs gambolling around the lawn. It lasted all of three minutes,and they had gone. I think I must have held my breath all the way through.

So, should we encourage wildlife into our gardens? or not?.  I dont think you can be selective. The more you have, the more will come.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 12:23

I often get them like that right at the beginning of the season, but they seem to outgrow it. I also thought it was due to poor pollination. If it is in a pot , it may be inadequate watering/too much variation. I don't have experience of pots, I always grow them in the ground. They form big plants so I would expect to need a big pot.

Are you using soil based compost in your pots or multipurpose?

ID Please

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 12:05

Its not an alpine!!!!!!


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 12:01

Ok one B. globosa for Nut.

I've also got molly the witch spare, and Phlomis russeliana, and Telekia speciosa.

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