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Bee programme tonight

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:22

The biggest threat to any bee is the two legged one... whether it is spraying pesticide, creating green deserts or interfering with natural bee behaviour.

bumblebee nest

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 20:45

Can you provide a temporary weather shelter for the exposed cells? Perhaps a box or even the patio table will offer some protection. In a few weeks the queen will go off and hibernate and the workers will die.  Rats may be in the compost bin.

growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 20:29

Borage & phacelia are both good for honeybees & bumbles.

Student needing feedback for class project! Please help! :D

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 13:04

I echo the responses above but also have the added problem of the base on large butts splitting at the base - and all the water runs away...!  Smaller butts don't seem to have this problem but that means I have to have more of them. I recently invested in a proper oak cask, at vast expense. It looks good but I dare not empty it because it will need soaking all over again!


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?

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Sarah Raven Sales

Are they worth it? 
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Washing fleece

This is not housework gone mad ... 
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Plants in France

Cheaper than UK 
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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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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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Garlic rust

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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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Last Post: 28/04/2014 at 00:13

What do you do with grass clippings?

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Supa Drippa taps

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