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Have you seen one?????

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 12:56

No ladybirds, but lots of bees and at long last some butterflies.

To me gardening & the wildlife stuff go hand in hand.

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 12:53
Kate I know exactly what you mean about swifts, I love hearing them have a good old screech.

I hear them a lot so will do a count

My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 21:16

Forgot to say take loads of photos.You will be amazed how quick things grow

My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 21:05

Hello, thanks for the new photos,

I do agree painting/protecting your fence would be my next job.It is the boundary of your garden. For me I like the dark wood effect, the plants look great against that colour, but I have a larger garden with a hedge on one side. Are the fence panels yours?

What I know it is all about next year. There is nothing better than seeing a flower that you know that you have grown  from seed. Gary's right, it is very easy.

I'm in my second year of growing  from seed, a lot of it starting on my kitchen windowsill. You can do loads.  For me, I have had amazing results in sowing indoors on a kitchen window, then slowly transferring into a cold frame to harden them off.

This is is one of mine in Feb.

It's moved now, to make room for my potting shed





My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 22:25

Hi Becks,

Thanks for the pictures. What I am learing is that gardening is a long term thing.

Do little things at a time. I would clear out the patio area, so you can see the area. You will be surprised when all the clutter has been cleared away at how big the area is.

Then I would kill all the weeds, growing through the slabs, the weedkillers that you can dilute, paint on with a small brush.

I'd paint the fence, a dark colour.

Towards the end of your garden, you have some lovely beds. Bedding plants are increduley cheap at the moment.Would look lovely with some crocus daffs, the spring time.

I would sow wallflower and forget me not seeds for flowers next year.






What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 21:25

Foxgloves, calendulas and my self sown snapdragons

Early sown biennials

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 20:48

Hi Alina,

All the forget me nots went in a few weeks ago. In the end I just planted them in various places but most went into the woodland area. They look so much better for it. Think I'm going to have loads of forget me nots.




Cheap seeds

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 20:27

I know, what a bargain I got loads. There were some that I wouldn't have thought of growing,  but you can't leave them there at that price. There's some great offers around, don't think I will need to buy any for next year.

But then again........ I love buying seeds and you can never have enough


Picket fence using pallet tops

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 12:05

Pallets make great fencing. The 50 foot fence that I have is made entirely of pallets, slats separated, denailed, renailed into place and painted.

Didn't cost anything..........just a bag of nails, some paint and an eagle eye! And some hard work

Free pallets are every where, just got to go and get them


Posted: 14/07/2012 at 11:53

I use Firefox, but wouldn't be without Ad muncher- brilliant software, no annoying adverts of any kind. Even blocks adverts  when watching tv online

Discussions started by hollie hock

Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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How long to leave bag over them? 
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Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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Cheap veg seeds

Are they worth it? 
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New garden

Some pictures 
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Leaving my garden

I'm moving 
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Problems with Private Messages

Can't see them 
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Hardy annuals

Autumn sowings 
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quick question 
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What are these? 
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Site really slow 
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What are these

Latest bargains 
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Another bee question

Nesting in floor of old shed 
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