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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Lupin growing advice needed

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 09:06

My neighbours have some lovely lupins (yes - I have neighbour envy...)  and I fancy some in my garden too but I always thought they were difficult to grow. However, I know the neighbours are leave alone gardeners! so perhaps I could with a little advice from someone here.  My soil is flinty, chalky & free draining.

Dahlias with yellow leaves

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 14:45

Thanks for that! I have placed  bottomless pots around them to try & keep off the northerly winds for the next few days. I did harden them off but the wind was not quite so cold!

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


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