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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Dreaded Dandelions

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 15:12

I detest dandelions too and am not allowed to use weedkiller - poison in the garden! Dandelions are an invaluable source of pollen and nectar for honeybees, often when there is little else available. I dig up dandelions and find that the smaller ones are easier, especially when the sides of the plant are loosened with a weeding tool. With the bigger ones, I dig up what I can, fully aware that they will come back! I console myself that the lawn is green because of the weeds...  Top up with gritty compost afterwards.

Labels or forget

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 08:39

I have become quite parsimonious - I now cut up old margarine tubs for labels. I even colour coded my tomatoes this year because I knew the pencil would fade! However, it does make the gaden look as if it has a rash at times!

Talkback: Ivy bees

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 14:49

Ivy has the last decent flower for many bees and other insects before winter. It is rich in pollen and nectar, so good for honeybees. Please do not chop down the ivy until the flowers have faded!

Lawn mowers from Screwfix

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 09:34

Screwfix have an offer on for the next few days on petrol lawnmowers. Only 99GBP for a 3HP petrol model. Briggs & Stratton engine (aparently v important for my lawn-mower in-chief!)

Laying in the bath plotting...

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 09:29

Dwarf cosmos - forget the tall ones, they have only just startedflowering! The little ones have flowered their hearts out all summer and are still going strong!

Carrot Fly

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 21:07

Thank you! I thought you might say that - replacing all the compost is sooo expensive!

Carrot Fly

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 17:52

I can't answer your question but I am bumping this because I have grown carrots very successfully in tyres this year and want to know if I should change compost to prevent carrot fly! Hope someone can help.

Planting GW offer alliums

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 20:58

I planted the little alliums about 15cm deep - as instructed by T&M. However, my neighbour says the sphaerocephalon and roseum should only go in about 6cm otherwise they will struggle to reach the surface of the soil! Does anyone have any advice on this?  Other websites are equally vague!! Thanks very much!

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:02

Grew sweet peppers for the first time and they were great, so definately on for next year. Also grew cerinthe and they were lovely too - adored by bees. My chocolate cosmos eventually became a stunning plant so I hope I can keep it over winter under a blanket of straw!

Composting leaves in a dalek

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:14

Ooh thanks for that! I had planned to leave it for at least a year and my OH is really good at recycling beer, wine, tea & coffee...

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

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

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Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 16:51

Munched broadbeans

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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 10:10

Growing meconopsis

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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 09:47

Gardening with the enemy

And I don't mean slugs & snails! 
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Last Post: 28/04/2014 at 00:13

What do you do with grass clippings?

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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 16:05


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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 18:00

Supa Drippa taps

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Last Post: 08/03/2014 at 17:07

Planting Nerines

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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 15:22

No Aconites yet

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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 21:10

Bedding plants seedlings already!

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Last Post: 29/01/2014 at 18:45

Potato Days

What a treat! 
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Last Post: 25/01/2014 at 17:26

Pruning Winter Jasmine

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Last Post: 06/01/2014 at 17:50

Lawn mowers from Screwfix

Value for money 
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Last Post: 05/10/2013 at 10:36
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