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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Decomposition of Racehorse Poo

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 16:45

I agree with Dove - I do that and just leave it. I was a bit squeamish the first time I planted (I AM a girl..) but actually I had the best crop this year. I soon got over the squeamishness and learned to love the poo...!

Cabbage white butter flys

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 16:42

Oooh, I like that idea - a sort of distraction crop. Will do that next year! Maybe I'll have more fat cabbages.

Cabbage white butter flys

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 13:10

After suffering similar results, I fleeced the last unaffected cabbage. Now I am looking forward to a delicious fat cabbage in January!  Fleecing does seem to work.

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 08:42

I have lots of baby hellebores which I dug up from a friend's garden. Should they be scalped too?  They are still in pots and I hope to plant them in the ground next month when my overgrown bushes have been pruned.

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 17:54

All of the above and I indulge in garden porn by poring over catalogues and dreaming about what I could grow if i were rich, fitter, had staff to help etc!

Help!!!!

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 16:30

Thank you fidget - I have just tried it and it works! No more tedious pressing the last page on long threads!

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!)

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Saving peas for seed

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Last Post: Today 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

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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

Mice!

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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
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