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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Attractive stinging nettles?

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 22:15

What about the red or white dead nettle? I don't think they are stingers though.

What's wrong with these gooseberries

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:29

It looks a bit like mildew after the early stages- as if the furry stuff has come off and left the scabby stuff behind. Not a very clear explanation but someone with better knowledge will be along soon!

weather warning

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 14:44

Very calm here - absolutely no wind. A slight rainfall and that's it.The garden is very parched and desperately needs rain.

Soil based compost

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 19:48

Thank you for the explanations. I now know why the hibiscus is food. 

Soil based compost

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 14:41

I understand that if I want to keep a tree or shrub in a pot permanently, then I must use soil based compost. I'm not sure what this is...soil and potting compost? Does anyone have any experience of this and can you advise me?

The plants I want to pot are Acer and myrtle. I have a hibiscus in a pot too and it's suffering. Thank you.


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 16:45

oops...whizzed. !!


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 16:42

I once met a lady who had a thing about nettles. She would chop them down, hang then up to dry in her spare bedroom until dry. Then they were whizzes into a powder in the food processor and sprinkled onto soup or into stews. She said they were an excellent source of iron.

Haven't tried it myself yet but do love them for the compost heap!

Is beekeeping good for wildlife?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 08:58

Dave, this might help. 

On-line purchases

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 19:54

I used to think Sarah Raven's site was good but not anymore. The plants I ordered in mid -April have still not arrived...


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 23:15

I live with a bee friendly beekeeper in Hampshire. He has not treated his bees for 8 years and they have adapted to live with varroa. He uses an alternative beekeeping approach which allows them to run their own lives without constant interference. The result is less stress for the bees and beekeeper. Our garden is full of flowers and bees which we can enjoy without wearing protective suits.

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Best buy bulbs

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Last Post: 02/09/2015 at 21:53

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

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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
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