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Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:51


They love my currents amongst other things and have given me the most annoying funny memory of the summer. After chasing them off the currents umpteen times creeping up and shouting bang over a few weeks or sometimes hose pipe in hand .

I went out one evening crept up behind one and shouted bang (as I do)the pigeon fell off the bush and proceeded to waddle, like an overweight duck, up the garden path with me in hot pursuit it struggled to flap onto the fence. the monster sized pigeon was so stuffed with pink currents it could barely fly.

Butternut squash- but no sign of fruit

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 15:46

I have given butternut squash a go this year two beds with 4 plants in each and they are romping away huge plants but have no fruit.

My pumpkins in the bed next door to one lot are fruiting and my courgettes in the bed near the other lot are the biggest have ever grown.

What do I need to do to get these to fruit ?

They are in new veg bed and had plenty of really old and old manure which has served my other squash very well. Have fed to some extent but as the soil has had slow release feed and so much rotted manure did not want to overdo.

Any advice will be greatly received


Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 20:27

I am starting a cottage garden this year and binning the mud slick we call a lawn. Why I ever bothered with grass I dont know !

Planting several collections of herbaceous perennials I have purchased and lots of annual seeds and bulbs. Hopefully will be like walking through a giant vase of flowers on the way to the veg garden,

Got Hollyhocks lupins and delphiniums, cosmos, lillies and dahlias, campanula and gypsophelia, larkspur and zinnias and loads of other stuff.

Its about 20 by 30 feet square so should be good if i dont overcrowd it.

I think its a mixture of Rachel DeThams cutting garden and the herbaceous borders on the great garden revival that gave me the inspiration.

white bits in very very well rotted horse manure

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 20:07

Hostafan thats rotten luck, he sounds like a very greedy man

white bits in very very well rotted horse manure

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:53

I am verging on becoming manure obsessed this year, due to my lack of transport, funds and scarce availability of manure delivery.

Now have found a man to deliver me truck loads about one and a half to two cubic yards a truck i believe and he seems lovely and is cheep.

Hostafan have i just won the  ** it lottery

with 20 plus year old stuff could i use it to fill my veg beds or do i need top soil as well ? If i can fill the beds it will save me a fortune.

i was so stressed about getting the garden done and a lot of poo has made  my stress has fly away


white bits in very very well rotted horse manure

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 17:18

thanks Edd this is what I was hoping as the guy wants to get rid of the 20 year old but apparently a lot of the allotment holders he supplies wont take it because of the white root as they call it ?


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 17:04

I tried them last year and then it rained for two weeks the nematodes were useless and i had my worst slug year ever.

Will try again this year but need to wait for the right weather.

white bits in very very well rotted horse manure

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 16:36

I have just found a delivery supply of well rotted manure at a good price !!! yay at last!!!

The lovely chap is delivering 2-3 year old manure on Monday but also has a pile of 20 year old that apparently has this white growth in it that is a sort of fungi that grows only in horse manure.

I am going to need more manure than one load and wonder is this fungi a beneficial growth or harmful?

if the fungi is neither then is it better for the manure to be 2 year old or 20?

Raspberry mystery....

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 15:55

Thanks Bob

makes sense the early fruit last year was very bland nearly dug up and binned then got the later fruit and were super sweet , so they have got a reprieve.

Trees for an urban garden

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 15:52

Hogweed thats a horrific thing to say about children.

My house is on the main way to the local park that regularly holds functions that get thousands and i plant my 8x5 foot front garden upto the wall with odd veg. Sweetcorn one year, tomatoes and chillis last year everybody jokes about pinching them and all the young children, mums and OAPs stop me to ask whats next year and regularly stop and look but nobody has ever been seen to pick things even the current tomatoes that flowed over the foot high front wall were left alone.

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Discussions started by nin

Butternut squash- but no sign of fruit

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white bits in very very well rotted horse manure

good or bad ? 
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Poo, top soil and compost.

so hard to get and so expensive help 
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just had 80 large plugs arrive how long will they hold for

before planting 
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current tomatoes

Grew these last year, every body who tried them wants plants 
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My moto is recycle my garden & pocket likes it

But what to do with my trees that are coming down soon 
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Partial shade - what is this ?

perenial border  
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Slug and Snail slime

whats the best way to get it off your hands? 
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whats the difference between loganberry and tayberry.

I have both and only one is fruiting 
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Mini Munch Tomatoes

Has anybody grown this mini tomato plant 
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What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Its been full of ups and downs but have learnt a lot. 
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Acer's -need to get conditions perfect

what soil position etc left to me by my Dad 
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Just getting started and had several garden thefts

plant pots near Watford herts 
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Mad veg idea needed for small terrace house front garden

Why my neighbours think i am barking, its a way to meet people. 
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Carrots not germinating

can anyone help please ? 
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