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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?


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 09:56

The kindness of strangers in the hardest of times. I wish you all the very best Mike, you are an inspiration.


I really enjoy this forum

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 12:11

Thumbs up from me 

Butternut squash

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 17:46
Thank you Bob, Nut and Paul. I harvested the majority of them at the weekend. They were looking better for just an extra week on the vine. I'll have a look at the few that are left this weekend and make a decision. Pretty sure we're not far off our first frost now and I'd prefer to get them up before then. What's the best way to store them do you think?

Butternut squash

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 10:43

Morning all. I was anxiously looking at my butternut squash plants on the allotment yesterday and wondering when I should harvest them. The fruit are a good size but have very slight striping on them still. The ones you see in the shop look practically beige. Does anyone know when I should harvest them? I don't want them to rot in the rain we're getting and curing in the sun seems almost out of the question! Thanks 


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Hungry beaks?

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Chomped onion tops!

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Butternut squash

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Talkback: Rain-damaged plants

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