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Posted: 12/08/2013 at 18:24

Doesn't sound like we are going to be picking many beans this year - it's odd that ALL

the bees are doing this, don't you think??

Thanks Nutcutlet & Waterbutts, will try spray misting & self pollination.  


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 21:14

What is happening!  I have plenty of flowers on my runner beans ( scarlet emperor & polestar), & plenty of bees buzzing around them but they are not going inside the flower.  Instead they seem quite happy, getting their fix, by climbing to the other end of the flower where it's attached to the stalk.  Consequently, I am not getting many beans & the flowers are falling off.

Is there anything I can do to save the rest of my crop???????

Talkback: Evicting a rat

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 15:36

My husband was very pleased to hear that he was not the only one outsmarted by a rat!  We have a sunflower heart feeder situated on a wooden fence which Hubby made, which has horizontal & vertical supports.  It was like "Mission Impossible" as we watched the rat work out a route past the obstructions & rat traps to get to the feeder.   I am sure Ratty enjoyed the assault courses we set him, & always worked out the way through, even parachuting in once, I wickedly told my husband. Not sure we have seen the last of him yet.

Maskotka tomato seeds

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:11

Thanks for that!  Have cut grow-bags in half & stood them on end as suggested by Gardeners World mag, I think, so the plants shouldn't reach the ground, with luck.  I have plenty of flowers which are setting well and the plants looked very healthy - so now its fingers crossed 

Become a hedgehog champion!

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 18:06

We have had hedgehogs visiting our garden for a couple of years now and have put dried hedgehog food on a saucer, only a couple of feet away from our conservatory door.  We get a brilliant view of them when they arrive at dusk as, with their poor eyesight they cant see us, and we have seen some strange antics like you mention Tim.  Certainly a lot of snuffling when there are 2 of them in the same area, a bit of a stand-off maybe, but it could be a courtship ritual.  Once when 2 arrived at the saucer at the same time, the saucer (on gravel) was, believe it or not, up on end with a hedegehog on either side, snuffling! 

Maskotka tomato seeds

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 15:29

Hi Out there! I am growing Maskotka for the first time so any info would be useful in addition to whats been said.  I presume I leave the side shoots in place rather than take them off as you would with upright toms?  During the recent stormy weather I did support them with a stake as they were in danger of snapping off, so I shall leave that in place and let them tumble from then on - that will be ok wont it?

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Bees are going to stalk end of runner bean flowers not inside  
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