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Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 14:48

Inkadog - yes please to the apple chow recipe!



Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 09:25


Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 11:48

Let me know how you get on Alan! I've got through half my jar already - absolutely love the stuff.


Talkback: Planting snake's head fritillaries

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 11:46

Hi everyone, thanks for your comments. That's a great tip about soaking the bulbs before planting them, obelixx.

Regarding lily beetle, I've heard that if you lay newspaper beneath the plants and knock the adults off the flowers, you can gather them up easily and dispose of them. If you don't use newspaper they can quickly disappear. A systemic pesticide will kill lily beetle, but the chemicals will also be taken into the pollen and nectar of the flowers and be collected by bees, which doesn't kill them outright but can cause problems for them back at the nest. I've not had lily beetle on my fritillaries yet but it's only a matter of time!



Talkback: Wildlife ponds

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 08:51
Thanks for all your comments! Let's hope we all live long lives and can have the garden of our dreams.


Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:19
Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside...


Talkback: A difficult year for wasps

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:18
@oldchippy lovely that you saw swallows! I saw some house martins today, perhaps on their way back to Africa. I'm not sure about your conifer pollen, I think some pine trees do shed pollen in autumn...

@donutmrs hopefully next year will be better for them

Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 22:07
Thanks for your comments

@warthog - ooh green tomato jam, recipe please!

@yolande 2 - thanks for that, but I hope two hours of simmering constitutes cooking!

@oldchippy - I love seeing those green potato fruits, even though they're poisonous!


Talkback: Goldfinches

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 18:38
Thanks Oldchippy. Now what's wrong with the cranefly? Just because the goldfinch is better looking ;)

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 14:03
They've had such a bad year, donutmrs. I really hope next year is better for them.


Discussions started by Kate Bradbury

Unusual bird behaviour

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Talkback: Queen wasp

Lovely x x 
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Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside... Kate 
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Potted ponds in Thailand

Just some of the many 'potted ponds' I found in Thailand 
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Favourite tools

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Redesign of garden

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Seed buying

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Plants still in flower?

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