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Talkback: Growing your own Christmas dinner

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:37

Last year I grew Parsnips for the first time.  I left them in the garden till the last minute and we had them for Christmas dinner.  To compare, we did a batch of shop bought parsnips and my home grown batch - it was AMAZING how much of a difference there was in flavour and everyone loved the home grown ones.  They will always be on the garden menu from now on  

Topsoil help needed

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:30

Hi lee 3, I wouldn't use fresh manure as this wont be good for your plants, I believe it 'burns' them in some way.  If you are collecting from a stable yard or the like, make sure you ask them where the oldest muck is.  It needs to be a good few months old, in fact, the older the better then you will be well thanked by your plants 

Talkback: How to make a hedgehog house

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 14:10

I recently contacted my local wildlife rescue home, described my garden to them and asked if I could have a couple of hedgehogs for my garden. They agreed and are going to contact me in the spring when they are out of hibernation, they are going to give me a male and female   I'm also asking neighbours to cut small holes in their fences to allow walk-ways for for them. There's no guarantee that they will settle in the home I build for them but it's a start.

Autumn leaves

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 00:44

I'd like to get a hedgehog from a wildlife rescue place but my garden 36ftx34ft has solid fences around it so the hedgehog would have to stay in my garden and not wander (unless they dig under the fence), does anyone know enough to know if this would be ok or should I not get one?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 15:27

Been preparing the GH for potentially 3 weeks away as I prepare to work at Wimbledon. Replaced all the gravel in my trays with capilliary matting and fixed up a big pot of water for each tray with a strip of matting going from the pot to the tray - hopefully it will help everything survive.  My neighbour will no doubt refill the pots for me every 4-5 days - I'd be lost without my lovely neighbours.  I've put straw down for my strawberries and by the time I turned round and back again my cat had made a nice bed on the straw!! Oh well, at least the berries were warm!  Lovely day here in Wiltshire; threatened with rain since I went out at 9am but it's held off and no awful wind like yesterday.

veg suggestion please!!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 19:11

You need nemasys:

http://www.nemasysinfo.co.uk/

Works a treat.

 

Talkback: How to harvest cucumbers

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 22:17

I'm growing cucumbers for the first time and two weeks ago I planted them outside in a bed.  Monty says they love humidity so should I put them back in pots and the greenhouse or are they ok to stay where they are?

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 17:10

lovely, thanks.

What are these two plants

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 16:49

You should be able to edit your post just after you submit it.  You should see 'quote' and 'edit' buttons at bottom right.  I think your first one looks like honeysuckle - what did you see at the GC that changed your mind?

twine + tits = damage to plants

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 16:45

Why dont you create something for the birds to take their attention away from your beans?  Take some twine and wrap it about ten times round two sticks in the ground about 7 or 8 inches apart (just for ease of winding).  Get a flower pot with a large drainage hole in the bottom, take the twine you just wrapped and push one end of the batch of twine through the hole. With the flowerpot held upside down, thread some more twine through the fold in the twine to create a hanging loop then tie a knot around the twine ensuring the knot secures the twine and it cannot fall through the flower pot hole.  

The other end of the twine should hang down below the level of the flowerpot.  Cut the bottom of the loop so you now have only separate strings of twine hanging down.  Ruffle them up and loosen up the twine threads and this should make the birds want to use this for their nests.  Like us, they will go for the easy option if there is one

You could also make it more attractive for them if you have a cat or dog that you groom - put the dander up in amongst the twine so it doesn't fly away easily and they will be most grateful

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