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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Parsnip failure

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 20:58

They will germinate quickly if you sow them onto damp kitchen paper. Prick out into pots / ground when the leaves show - about 10 days. 

Talkback: Honey bees in gardens

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 11:04

Monty's hive will be too cold for bees.

Bees need to be kept warm with quilts (!) on top of the hive and not be disturbed by honey seeking beekeepers - the bees' worst enemy.

When do potatoes flower?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 18:15

Ah. Ok.  I grew them in bags last year and they flowered eventually but the crop was poor. I hoped that in the ground they would be better. I did not know that some potatoes do not flower!  Thanks.

Dwarf Cosmos

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:14

Gosh that was quick! Thanks - I'm off to the g'house to pinch out.

When do potatoes flower?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:09

I have grown Charlotte potatoes for the first time in the ground. They have been earthed up 3 times and still they grow. I am not sure when to stop earthing- up to allow the potatoes to flower. I know someone out there knows the answer or has some guidance!

Dwarf Cosmos

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:06

I've searched the site but cannot find an answer for this one: Should DWARF cosmos be pinched out?  As they do not grow too tall, could they be left? Any advice welcome!

Allotment temperature tips & tricks

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 17:43

I used to put shading on the outside of the greenhouse but this year year I pegged some dark heavy shading onto the struts inside the g'house. It is much more effective and it hides the glare from the roof.  Also put down old wooden planks on the floor and soak them with water. They stay wet longer.

Repotting - a word to the wise

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 18:21

I have a lovely pot bellied pot with a dahlia trapped inside.... I guess that will get the hammer treatment too. Oh well, another lesson learned!

Bees. Nest in the ground.

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:22

They are probably mining bees which will not sting. If they do (rarely) it is not strong enough to penetrate skin. It is difficult to get rid of them completely and should not be a problem at all.

Stock cubes

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 12:54

Kallo Organic. Waitrose. They also do a low salt version. Or Marigold, as Dove says.

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Can I store Charlotte potatoes?

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Last Post: 11/07/2015 at 15:30

Storing Charlotte potatoes

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Last Post: 10/07/2015 at 18:32

A question about water

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Last Post: 07/07/2015 at 16:47

Monty and those gardening sins...

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Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 16:26

Soil based compost

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Last Post: 08/06/2015 at 19:48

Failing plants from online supplier

Replies: 6    Views: 285
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

Replies: 4    Views: 182
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 ... 
Replies: 21    Views: 800
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
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