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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.

Failing plants from online supplier

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 13:08

Ah ok. Yes they were large plugs.  So I was a bit impatient to plant up. I thought so...I never was much good at waiting. Gardening is teaching me to be better!  Thanks everyone.

Failing plants from online supplier

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 12:31

I bought some small verbascum plants from Sarah Raven's site and planted them about 3-4 weeks ago.Since then they have not grown at all - I would have expected them to show some signs of growth by now. Should I return them? Or just wait? Am I being impatient? Any advice anyone?

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.

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Growing Cardoons

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Last Post: 18/10/2015 at 09:38

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
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