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Outdoor girl

Latest posts by Outdoor girl

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!

bee flies

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 14:31

Masses here in the south too - far more than last year. I think they are fascinating to watch!

Non-cultivar flowering plants

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 21:34

Wildflowers especially liked by bees include borage & phacelia. They also adore limnanthes (poached egg flower) which is dead easy to grow.

Non-cultivar flowering plants

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 20:13

Plant things like cosmos, marigold (calendula), echinacea, rudbeckia & any open single blooms. Most wildflowers are good too.

spam issues

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 13:03

I'm happy to leave them all. I reported everyone this morning - hoping the mods would see that it is quite a problem. i know it bumped them all up - sorry , but I was very annoyed.

Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 14:18

Glad I am not the only one... verbena did eventually germinate but it tooks about 8 weeks! Amazingly I had not ditched the pot.  Thanks for that website nutcutlet.

Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 10:02

Why do seed packets contain so little information?  I purchased some seeds from Sara Raven but regret it constantly. There is just not enough info on how to grow the seeds! For example - Morning Glory... they need more than just popping into seed compost! Other seed need different treatments too - but I have had to research on the internet to find out why they wont grow! It would help if packets said 'need a night temp of more than 10 degrees' or 'soak in warm water before sowing', or even avoid over watering.... Grumph!

Talkback: Bees and pesticides

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 21:21

That is a misquote from Steiner!  I agree that our dinner plates would be mostly beige....bread, potatoes, pulses and so on.

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

What plants should I be feeding now?

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Snowberry advice needed

How best to care? 
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Saving peas for seed

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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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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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What do you do with grass clippings?

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Supa Drippa taps

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Planting Nerines

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No Aconites yet

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

Bedding plants seedlings already!

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