Happy Flower

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Posted: 11/08/2015 at 09:17

I have both summer and autumn raspberries and like you Jane52 they are in their second year. I have to say I have a poor crop too and what little I have had, the wasps have eaten. Not sure what I can do about that, short of netting them after pollination?


Posted: 31/03/2015 at 09:31

You guys are amazing, so inspirational. I have acquired three small pallets and have been wondering what to do with them. OH isn't too impressed with them languishing in our porch.  

I had wondered whether i could make some kind of staging out of them, that or a place to keep apples from our Bramley tree in when it fruits- we always have so many  and our freezer simply isn't big enough!

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 14:05

I'm hoping to have a cuttings patch on my lottie this year, I haven't had much success with growing flowers from seeds other than sweet peas but am determined to have a go.

I have a packet of Larkspur in the fridge which I hope to sow soon if I haven't left it too late! 

Need to screen my garden

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:39

My neighbours completely removed all of the buddleia trees that were bordering our garden and their's, leaving their rickety old 4 foot fence which had holes in. It left me not wanting to go into our garden for the sudden invasion of privacy. Shortly after that they completely removed the fence and left it that way for a couple of months- I was mortified. Their reason being they hadn't realised how expensive fences are!! You'd have thought a bit of research would have given them some kind of idea. They have since moved thankfully, as we didn't get on.

Hungry beaks?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 08:55

I have a nice long seed feeder with four perches on it in the garden hanging from a mature apple tree. I filled it up Tuesday morning and by Wednesday afternoon all of the seed had been eaten. I was at work so didn't see the birds feasting but my husband said he's never seen so many birds in our garden - it was like an invasion!

Does anyone else have hungry birds like this? I'd have thought they would have plenty of natural choice at this time of the year such as they wouldn't eat quite so voraciously, or maybe they are just a little bit lazy?

Chomped onion tops!

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 11:01

Been to the allotment this morning and something has eaten the tops of my onion leaves. I've not had this problem before and my neighbours onions are thriving. 

Question 1 - what has caused it?

Question 2 - will they still manage to develop into something edible?

Thanks! HF 

new member just joined

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:50

From one Happy Flower to another, welcome!

Overwintering plants

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 11:54

Hi Clarington, I'm not sure but I wouldn't have thought so as the conservatory although cold is attached to the house so I guess some ambient heat from the house would keep it above freezing- think the coldest I've seen it in there is around 8 degrees C. I guess if you are planning on overwintering some this year you could place a couple in the CGH and a couple indoors and compare results in the spring?

I pulled all the old leaves off and any unpicked chillis and left it looking twig-like all winter.

I had very good germination success this year - certainly compared to last year. My chilli plants seem to do well for me if I germinate the seed in a heated propagator then transfer into pots and place in my bay window which is East facing where they seem to grow very strong.

I know... I have some tomatoes and courgettes which are itching to go outside but are still being molly coddled inside- I know they need to go out soon!

Overwintering plants

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 10:42

I'm hoping so! Just wishing the sun will show it's face again soon

Overwintering plants

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:15

I managed to overwinter a rather large chilli plant that I had last year, it had a profusion of small varying in colour chilis on it and I'd read that they are perennial so I thought I'd give it a go. I placed it in my unheated conservatory before the frosts set in and am pleased to report that it is back in both leaf and bud now and seemingly doing well outside. Anyone else overwintered chili plants before?

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Hungry beaks?

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help with mystery plant growing on my allotment!

can anyone recognise this plant? 
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will that work with french lavender plants too? 
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