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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Potato planting dilemma

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:28

I have to go away for several weeks. The dilemma is should I plant my chitted Charlotte potatoes now or wait until middle of April? Any advice welcome!

Barrels as water butts?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 12:11

We bought a wooden water butt from the GC a couple of years ago at a very silly price - only about £20. We had to drill two small holes to let water in from the down pipe on the shed and fit a tap in the bung hole about half way up. We make sure that it is never drained completely, otherwise the wood shrinks. 

The ends are solid wood, so fitting a plastic butt inside would be major surgery for me!  It does look very nice by the shed though...

Hiring a lawn scarifier

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:36

Edd that looks fantastic! It looks like the sort of heavy duty thing that the moss needs! And not as back breaking as hand scarifying. Thank you so much - probably better value than hiring a machine because there is so much to do - a 2 day hire would scarcely touch the rest of the garden. 

Hiring a lawn scarifier

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:42

Thanks for a quick response. I am not too fussed about a perfect lawn but the mounds of moss look very unsightly. The front garden is in full sunlight and I have just gone over it with a garden fork, wiggling the tines to create bigger holes. We have had two very wet winters and as the garden is in full sun, I suppose the top must be baked hard.

Feeling glum.

Hiring a lawn scarifier

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:29

Has anyone ever hired a scarifier? It seems to cost about £100 for 1 or 2 days and I wondered if it was worth the effort. I am becoming a bit desperate about what was my lawn. It is smothered in moss and weeds. I am happy to dig up the weeds but the moss is defeating me - already spent several days last autumn on hands and knees with a claw. Didn't seem to do much good. Any advice gratefully received!

Lychnis chalcedonica - vesuvius

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 08:58

I grew these from saved seed last year and found them very easy. Bit floppy though.

Advise for the Nettle/Comfrey users

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:24

I poured mine onto my compost heap and made a new supply. That way nothing was wasted!


Posted: 14/02/2015 at 08:46

I have far too much moss to compost so ended up stuffing it into bags and taking it to the tip. I did 4 car loads last autumn and am now starting round two. I also have bundles stuffed into wirenetting for the birds. As yet they are not very interested!  Hate the stuff.

What flowers in February?

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 20:24

Or a flower now and should be for the next few weeks. Perhaps surrounded with snowdrops and early daffs. What a lovely way to remember your Mum.

Flowers or plants with the name Sharon

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 12:41

I don't think it is a rose... I call my hibiscus 'rose of sharon'. Someone with more knowledge will be along in a minute.

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

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

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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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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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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 10:10

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
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