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Outdoor girl

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Posted: 22/07/2013 at 14:37

I collect the run off water from my hot tap when doing the washing up (no dishwasher...)

Run the water straight into empty 4pint milk bottles, That goes straight into the watering can.

What can I put in now?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:39

Does anyone have any ideas for a space in full sun (hence quite hot at the moment!) whene the foxgloves have finished? I thought about a couple of Japanese anemones becuase they would come back next year. Any other ideas?  Thank you!!

Poppy Fields

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 16:19

I heard on GQT (I think...) that many people  - not sure who - are planning to sow lots of poppy fields in remembrance of 1914 next year. I think it is a good idea and will try something in my plot.

My Blackcurrants taste like chicken

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 12:51

In a moment of great personal sacrifice ( I dislike blackcurrants intensely!) I tried one from our bush. You are right, a raw blackcurrant tasted a little chicken! However, when cooked they taste like they should.  Husband likes them stewed with a teaspoon of honey.

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 12:02

I've done lots of shuffling this morning - at 6am! The side of the house is very shady,so it's now crammed with tomatoes, peppers, perennial seedlings such as monarda & sweet rocket. Just waiting for some rain to soften the rock hard ground so I can plant. Yes - the stuff already in the ground is flowering / producing well!

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 22:24

I wish it would cool down... much as I hate to say it! Having nurtured lots of plants through the cold spring, I am fed up with losing them to the scorching sun. Today I saw a chocolate cosmos had shrivelled up.  So, with some help from OH, I put up a gazebo to shelter my other seedlings. Hopefully the little plants that are waiting to go in will not die! Is it daft to go to these extremes?

Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium auantiacum)

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 20:29

oo er .... we've let it gropw because it is so pretty....   might need a re-think on this!

Another bee question

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 10:12

 Rather than destroy the nest, you could use a large shovel to pick up the entire nest and move it to a  sheltered spot in the garden similar to their current abode.As they are under a shed floor, covering them with a box and waterproof roof should suffice.

If they are living in the ground, dig a shallow hole, cover it with a flower pot and ensure they have side access for their workers. 

This should be done in the evening at about dusk so that the foragers do not 'lose' their home. It is an easy thing to do and will ensure your pollinators continue to thrive!


How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 10:34

To my shame about 2 years ago, I realised that my husband's bees had no forage in our garden! I am a very late starter, have learned masses in the last two years but the field outside is beginning to look a little like a garden now. I only grow bee friendly flowers and can bore for England about compost! Is it odd to get a 'high' from going to a new garden centre?

Overgrown choisya

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 17:45

The choisya in my front garden has grown to an enormous size. It still flowers beautifully but needs a serious chop. There is a layer of leaves about 6-8 inches deep on the end of the boughs and then just bare wood underneath. Can I be ruthless...I like the idea of having some garden back!

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

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This is not housework gone mad ... 
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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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Munched broadbeans

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Growing meconopsis

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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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