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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 17:43

I was bored too and then I had the brilliant  idea of turning the compost heap. There was more than I thought... I was still out there in the dark.  Next time I will lie down in darkened room until I feel better! 

New Family Home with Lovely Garden - worried beginner

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 22:35

We have moved house about 15 times in the last 40 years.The best advice I was given by my dad was to wait a year and see what came up in the garden, then make changes. Best advice ever!

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!

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Failing plants from online supplier

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Last Post: 20/05/2015 at 13:08

When do potatoes flower?

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 18:43

Dwarf Cosmos

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 19:54

Sick hebe

Bare branches and worse 
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Last Post: 16/04/2015 at 17:29

Potato planting dilemma

Going away... 
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Last Post: 07/03/2015 at 18:14

Hiring a lawn scarifier

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Last Post: 01/03/2015 at 02:10

Sarah Raven Sales

Are they worth it? 
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Last Post: 11/12/2014 at 10:07

Washing fleece

This is not housework gone mad ... 
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Last Post: 06/12/2014 at 09:27

Plants in France

Cheaper than UK 
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Last Post: 12/10/2014 at 17:52

What plants should I be feeding now?

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Last Post: 04/09/2014 at 10:02

Snowberry advice needed

How best to care? 
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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 09:32

Saving peas for seed

Replies: 6    Views: 316
Last Post: 28/07/2014 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
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