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Bees

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 23:15

I live with a bee friendly beekeeper in Hampshire. He has not treated his bees for 8 years and they have adapted to live with varroa. He uses an alternative beekeeping approach which allows them to run their own lives without constant interference. The result is less stress for the bees and beekeeper. Our garden is full of flowers and bees which we can enjoy without wearing protective suits.

Failing plants from online supplier

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 13:08

Ah ok. Yes they were large plugs.  So I was a bit impatient to plant up. I thought so...I never was much good at waiting. Gardening is teaching me to be better!  Thanks everyone.

Failing plants from online supplier

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 12:31

I bought some small verbascum plants from Sarah Raven's site and planted them about 3-4 weeks ago.Since then they have not grown at all - I would have expected them to show some signs of growth by now. Should I return them? Or just wait? Am I being impatient? Any advice anyone?

Parsnip failure

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 20:58

They will germinate quickly if you sow them onto damp kitchen paper. Prick out into pots / ground when the leaves show - about 10 days. 

Talkback: Honey bees in gardens

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 11:04

Monty's hive will be too cold for bees.

Bees need to be kept warm with quilts (!) on top of the hive and not be disturbed by honey seeking beekeepers - the bees' worst enemy.

When do potatoes flower?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 18:15

Ah. Ok.  I grew them in bags last year and they flowered eventually but the crop was poor. I hoped that in the ground they would be better. I did not know that some potatoes do not flower!  Thanks.

Dwarf Cosmos

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:14

Gosh that was quick! Thanks - I'm off to the g'house to pinch out.

When do potatoes flower?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:09

I have grown Charlotte potatoes for the first time in the ground. They have been earthed up 3 times and still they grow. I am not sure when to stop earthing- up to allow the potatoes to flower. I know someone out there knows the answer or has some guidance!

Dwarf Cosmos

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:06

I've searched the site but cannot find an answer for this one: Should DWARF cosmos be pinched out?  As they do not grow too tall, could they be left? Any advice welcome!

Allotment temperature tips & tricks

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 17:43

I used to put shading on the outside of the greenhouse but this year year I pegged some dark heavy shading onto the struts inside the g'house. It is much more effective and it hides the glare from the roof.  Also put down old wooden planks on the floor and soak them with water. They stay wet longer.

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Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Failing plants from online supplier

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Last Post: 20/05/2015 at 13:08

When do potatoes flower?

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 18:43

Dwarf Cosmos

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 19:54

Sick hebe

Bare branches and worse 
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Last Post: 16/04/2015 at 17:29

Potato planting dilemma

Going away... 
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Last Post: 07/03/2015 at 18:14

Hiring a lawn scarifier

Replies: 10    Views: 405
Last Post: 01/03/2015 at 02:10

Sarah Raven Sales

Are they worth it? 
Replies: 2    Views: 319
Last Post: 11/12/2014 at 10:07

Washing fleece

This is not housework gone mad ... 
Replies: 21    Views: 728
Last Post: 06/12/2014 at 09:27

Plants in France

Cheaper than UK 
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Last Post: 12/10/2014 at 17:52

What plants should I be feeding now?

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Last Post: 04/09/2014 at 10:02

Snowberry advice needed

How best to care? 
Replies: 7    Views: 479
Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 09:32

Saving peas for seed

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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 09:24

Help with cucumbers

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Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 08:33

Cucumbers outdoors?

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Last Post: 02/07/2014 at 17:36

Garlic rust

Replies: 12    Views: 447
Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 16:51
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