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courgettes

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 16:40

I have just put my courgettes out, as they were getting too big for the shelf in the mini- greenhouse. I have made cloches for them out of old hanging-basket frames with fleece stapled over it (bubble wrap also works well), and will cover them up at night for a week or so.

Honey Bee swarms

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 08:21

Yes, hollie, it's how the colonies multiply. The queen leaves, taking about half the bees with her as a swarm, and the remaining bees create and rear a new queen.

Honey Bee swarms

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 13:36

Glad to hear you're so positive about the bees, Steephilll.

I am happy to report that our "bait" hive was successful. The swarm decided to move into it,  so now we have a new colony.

Honey Bee swarms

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 16:58

My husband keeps bees and his have swarmed a couple of times already, today being one example. He says that swarms are not as dangerous as they look, as the bees gorge themselves on nectar before setting off, and they are usually very placid. They usually settle in some temporary spot not far from the hive, while they consider their options, sending out scout bees to report back on suitable new locations (honestly, I'm not making this up!) and it's sometimes possible for a beekeeper to capture the swarm before they set off again. Other times they settle high up in a tree and can't be reached.  This time he has set out a spare "bait" hive nearby, in the hope that they will relocate there. Sometimes this works.

grape or currant

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 21:25

I'm sure the large one isn't beech, and I don't think it's lime either. Could it be hazel?

Best year for Rhubarb?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 15:14

Rhubarb is very low in calories - in fact it's one of those foods that some people allege use up more calories in digesting that it provides in energy. But it's difficult to eat without sugar and/or something sweet and creamy, which rather counteracts its virtues.

Ground Elder

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:52

Vinca (periwinkle) will compete with ground elder, but it can be quite invasive too.

Best year for Rhubarb?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:48

I still have a couple of bags of last year's rhubarb in the freezer, but looking at the monster rhubarb now looming in my garden, I think I'll put the old stuff on the compost and start again. I made some rhubarb annd orange chutney last year that was very good, and I do rhubarb and ginger jam.

I do also make rhubarb wine, but I have to say it's not great. It always retains a bit of the rhubarb flavour, and it's not the best wine I make. But it's cheap, and means that whenever a recipe calls for a generous quantity of white wine (it does end up white,  and usually very clear) I can supply it without feeling that it's a waste of wine.

Cat Poo on my raised veg beds

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 16:23

I got one of those solar ultrasonic scarers and it seems to work really well - in fact I went and got another one to protect another part of the garden. I move them around from time to time in order to confound the cats, and to protect whatever seedlings need it most. You can get them on Amazon for about £13.

what licence to sell produce do I get?

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 09:32

As regards planning permission, a slight change of use is OK if it is incidental to the use of the house as a dwelling. If it is more than that, it needs planning permission. But I can't see that being a problem here. Most home "offices", hobby workshops etc would not need permission, unless they are obviously set up mainly to serve a business. Anything involving extra noise, traffic, parking etc is more likely to come to the attention of the planners than clerical/office uses.

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