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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Dahlias with yellow leaves

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 13:03

I planted out my dahlia tubers last weekend and some plants now have faded green / yellowing leaves. Is it still too cold? Should I protect them at night with a cloche or dig them up and put them back in the greenhouse? Any advice welcome!

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 08:58

After watching rats climb the bird feeder and finding knawed food remains in the dalek, I moved all my compost bins around. They now rest on small gauge chicken wire which comes up the sides. That seems to have worked. OH shot the rats on the bird feeder with his shotgun...

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 15:41

I agree - sedum responds particularly well to the 'Chelsea chop'. i tought I might try my perennial sunflowers (helianthus?) this year but they are not tall enough yet!


Posted: 15/05/2013 at 14:24

The beekeepers may also be conventional beeks who treat their hives with chemicals to control varroa and other problems.  Sadly, there is not enough coherent research of any volume into the success of natural beekeeping methods without chemicals.


Posted: 15/05/2013 at 13:22

Thanks obelixx. I want to add that the best way to help bees is to grow as many bee friendly plants as you can and not use chemicals at all.   In London, the numbers of beekeepers have doubled and the forage has halved. This means that beekeepers are using sugar to sustain colonies (and don't get me started on sugar from sugar beet and chemicals...). To help all bees we need to grow bee friendly forage.  Which I think is where the OP is coming from.


Posted: 15/05/2013 at 13:09

The BBKA use methods which include using chemicals in  hives and disabling queen bees by cutting wings. The Natural Beekeeping Trust uses bee friendly methods which avoid these techniques. Their courses  are comprehensive and focus on natural methods.  However, there is some merit in joing a local BKA, if only to see how to treat bees badly.

Something is eating my chives.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 16:22

Rabbits? Bane of my life. Sigh.  Mind you...  they tend to steer clear of p[lants which smell.

Runner Beans loss of leaves

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 12:00


Pests affecting Bees

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 09:45

It sounds like wax moth. The local beekeeping association may be able to help. Or the local bee inspector - you can get his name from the local BKA. Did you clean the hive after you discovered the dead bees?  



Marigolds in the veg patch

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 16:58

I plant marigolds in the veg patch, tagetes in the greenhouse for tomatoes and am just about to put tagetes minutiae (sp!) to try & combat some ground elder. Thanks for the tip about summer savory for broad bean - I sowed lots of summer savory seed and I think every one germinated!

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Plants in France

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What plants should I be feeding now?

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Snowberry advice needed

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Saving peas for seed

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Help with cucumbers

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Cucumbers outdoors?

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Gardening with the enemy

And I don't mean slugs & snails! 
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Supa Drippa taps

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Planting Nerines

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