Gardener Eve

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Can any one identify this tree…

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 13:42

Thanks Hazel! : )

Can any one identify this tree…

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 13:28

 Hello, yes I thought it might be… I'd love one with bright green leaves or fresh green leaves in the summer and then red like this in the autumn… But they're all different aren't they? I don't  suppose you happen to know what particular type of Acer this one is? 

Can any one identify this tree…

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 13:12

Then there's this second tree.... (the small red one...)


Can any one identify this tree…

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 13:10

 Hello, I'm looking to put some trees in my garden and have spotted a few out and about that I like and I'm wondering what they are, if anyone could help advise me? 

Thanks very much :-) 

Butterfly ponderings...

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 14:27


I've been building up my garden for the lest few years since moving in and I am new to gardening apart from gardening with my mum as a child. I have loads of flowers and  small veg patch and small greenhouse.

Eventually we'll re-fence and remove an old garage and put in a wildlife pond.

I love the garden to be full of life- we have a great amount of house sparrows and bees and I wanted butterflies so put in Verbena boneriensis last year. 

This year we've had loads of those cabbage whites/ small whites. I think they're pretty and was quite happy... also just a short period of those gate keepers but they've gone- not sure why : (

Today I noticed my nasturtiums being eaten by caterpillars (now identified as cabbage white/ small white/caterpillars). The nasturtiums did really well this year so theres lots of them but after googling I wondered if I've attracted too many of the wrong type of caterpillar as most people seem really unhappy with them!  

The gardens organic so I wondered if they have a natural predator to keep them in check? Someone said blue tits but Ive never seen them around here (south east London) ... also should I really be concerned as I have no desire to grow cabbage (my least fave veg) certainly at the moment...if its only cabbage and sprouts that they bother in terms of veg then maybe I can live with a small amount of nasturtium munching?

Also, does anyone know why the gatekeepers appeared then went away?

Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts on butterflies! 

Not the most serious of problems but I am still educating myself on the garden and love to get peoples experiences on this.

Thanks!! : )

Greenhouse tomatos not forming??

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 14:38

Ahh thanks that's interesting.

Does it still apply if you don't use any pest controls?

ive kept the garden organic since we've had it (about 4yrs) and have marigolds in the greenhouse as I read it's a natural deterrent to pests.... so hopefully pollinators wouldn't be discouraged from going inside the greenhouse...?

In fact I had hoped the flowers might encourage pollinators into the greenhouse...

thanks : )

Greenhouse tomatos not forming??

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 18:25

That's great thanks everyone!

i get quite excited about growing something new & I was feeling a bit disheartened but will now wait more patiently

Greenhouse tomatos not forming??

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 13:47


I have grown cherry tomatoes in my mainly south facing garden outside and they've done from very well to okay.

This year as I bought a small greenhouse I decided to try a variety that would need greenhouse protection and I chose Costoluto Fiorentino from Sarah Raven.

The plants are growing very well and seem very happy in greenhouse and I've had some flowers but so far no tomatos starting.

The cherry varieties which are outside have already got little tomatoes formed.

I have had the door and window of the greenhouse open consistently for the last month or longer.

I'm not sure if I'm just being impatient and if larger varietys take longer to form  tomatos or whether the bees can't get into the greenhouse to pollinate them although the door and window had been open?

Has has anyone come across this before?

Thanks very much 


Can you put well rotted manure mixed in with compost for tomatos?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:34

Lovely thanks everyone! Will pot up now! 

Can you put well rotted manure mixed in with compost for tomatos?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:24


Can you mix mix in well rotted farm yard manure in with multi purpose compost for planting tomatoes into?

im trying to avoid pre-fed compost as it leaves those strange little balls in the compost.

ive found an organic peat free multi purpose with worm casts from homebase from a company called new horizon. 

I was just worried it might not have enough food in it for the tomato plants....


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