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Parsnips hollowed out

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 09:53

Voles did the same to my carrots this year, just left the shells.

Is it a Robin?

Posted: 23/12/2015 at 16:56

Just another thought, do you have black redstarts in your area Mags? It could be a female, they are brown and bob about. 

Christmas songs with plant names in the title

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 08:24

Pine cones and holly berries/it's beginning to look a lot like christmas

What's this then?

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 11:42

Hi DD, just been out doing some cutting back of perennials and I think this could be a Monarde? The stems are square and leaves look the same.

Pond Life

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 16:34

If you are going to fill the pond again after mending the leaks it's good to save some of the sludge to put back at the bottom of the pond to help the eco system again.

Parsnips in France

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 11:47

I grow parsnips in my raised beds down here near the Pyrenees. I sow them in March/April in unmanured soil. They germinate very quickly and mature very quickly. I usually start pulling them by the end of summer otherwise they go woody. If I leave them later they go very tasteless and woody, this may be because of the hot sun.


Posted: 22/10/2015 at 13:37

Downy mildew perhaps?

The seaside

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 20:38

Chrissy, the ones you saw may well have been young starlings. They moult at this time of year and are a lighter colour, thats maybe why you don't remember seeing them looking quite the same.They will now grow their new glossy feathers.

Healthy cucumber?

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 11:42

I agree with barry island, the cucumber is scorched by the sun. This can happen down here in France where I grow my cucumbers and tomatoes outside. I don't take off too many tomato leaves as the fruit can turn white in the hot sun!

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 10:40

I presume this is BBCs answer to Love your Garden and they only have a day to do it in and less money? Slightly less cringing though!

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