Green Magpie


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Seed sowing.

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 22:15

Preparing the ground is the bit that takes the time and effort. Actually sowing the seed is very satisfying and only takes minutes, unless you're growing on a commercial scale.

Bees

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:52

There's no reason they would attack anyone. The only bee you need to worry about is the one you haven't seen (and so you sit on it, stand on it, etc). Once you start watching them go about their business, they're fascinating creatures.

Smelly

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 19:55

Not far off, Lyn, I'm in south Devon.

Smelly

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 14:59

 Sounds like stinkhorn to me. You usually smell it before you can see it. Smells a bit as if some animal or bird has died and rotted. I have never noticed a smell from red valerian, which we have in our garden and in the lanes around here.

Bees

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 14:55

Ooh, that's quite exciting! It sounds lime the sort of place they'll be very happy, and your garden will benefit from the pollination. I don't think these bees survive the winter as a colony, so you will be able to clear out the box later in the year if you want to.

Broad beans - should they look like this?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:21

Mine aren't like that, they're all straight. If they're not dried out, I dont know what it can be. Sorry not to be more helpful.

bean seed germinating

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 09:23

I was a bit short of healthy French bean plants, after a couple of setbacks, so I ordered some more seeds from Moreveg online. They came in a few days and are now safely tucked up in a the soil. It isn't too late for French beans and probably runners, but it's a bit late for broad beans.

Bees

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 22:22

Are they honey bees? How big is your bird house? If it's not very big, it's not likely to be a swarm. Could there be something edible or sweet in the bird house that's  attracting them? A bird house doesn't sound like a big enough place for a swarm to choose to colonise, they may just be curious visitors in search of food.

Lily beetles

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:49

M y lilies are in two clumps of three, in a mixed border, and somehow only one of the lilies has had beetles so far. I have just been out to check some different lilies in pots elsewhere in the garden, and they're OK.

No matter how mixed the arrangement is, snails always seem to find their favourite plants. I have a single blue phlox on which most of the leaves, from the bottom up, were chomped off in a short time. I put down a few slug pellets and next morning removed about 6 snails from around its base.

 

Can anyone identify this weed and suggest how we can get rid of it?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:00

If it is vinca, it does tend to smother everything around it. We found it didn't like being cut right back - even if we couldn't get the roots out,  chopping it close to the ground was quite effective. But it does tend to come back eventually.

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