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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 08:42

I have lots of baby hellebores which I dug up from a friend's garden. Should they be scalped too?  They are still in pots and I hope to plant them in the ground next month when my overgrown bushes have been pruned.

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 17:54

All of the above and I indulge in garden porn by poring over catalogues and dreaming about what I could grow if i were rich, fitter, had staff to help etc!


Posted: 10/11/2013 at 16:30

Thank you fidget - I have just tried it and it works! No more tedious pressing the last page on long threads!

Dreaded Dandelions

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 15:12

I detest dandelions too and am not allowed to use weedkiller - poison in the garden! Dandelions are an invaluable source of pollen and nectar for honeybees, often when there is little else available. I dig up dandelions and find that the smaller ones are easier, especially when the sides of the plant are loosened with a weeding tool. With the bigger ones, I dig up what I can, fully aware that they will come back! I console myself that the lawn is green because of the weeds...  Top up with gritty compost afterwards.

Labels or forget

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 08:39

I have become quite parsimonious - I now cut up old margarine tubs for labels. I even colour coded my tomatoes this year because I knew the pencil would fade! However, it does make the gaden look as if it has a rash at times!

Talkback: Ivy bees

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 14:49

Ivy has the last decent flower for many bees and other insects before winter. It is rich in pollen and nectar, so good for honeybees. Please do not chop down the ivy until the flowers have faded!

Lawn mowers from Screwfix

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 09:34

Screwfix have an offer on for the next few days on petrol lawnmowers. Only 99GBP for a 3HP petrol model. Briggs & Stratton engine (aparently v important for my lawn-mower in-chief!)

Laying in the bath plotting...

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 09:29

Dwarf cosmos - forget the tall ones, they have only just startedflowering! The little ones have flowered their hearts out all summer and are still going strong!

Carrot Fly

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 21:07

Thank you! I thought you might say that - replacing all the compost is sooo expensive!

Carrot Fly

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 17:52

I can't answer your question but I am bumping this because I have grown carrots very successfully in tyres this year and want to know if I should change compost to prevent carrot fly! Hope someone can help.

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Gardening with the enemy

And I don't mean slugs & snails! 
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What do you do with grass clippings?

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Supa Drippa taps

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Last Post: 08/03/2014 at 17:07

Planting Nerines

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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 15:22

No Aconites yet

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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 21:10

Bedding plants seedlings already!

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Last Post: 29/01/2014 at 18:45

Potato Days

What a treat! 
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Last Post: 25/01/2014 at 17:26

Pruning Winter Jasmine

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Last Post: 06/01/2014 at 17:50

Lawn mowers from Screwfix

Value for money 
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Last Post: 05/10/2013 at 10:36

Planting GW offer alliums

How deep? 
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Last Post: 30/09/2013 at 21:38

Composting leaves in a dalek

Will they compost down? 
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Last Post: 29/09/2013 at 18:51

Advice about crocosmia needed

My Crocs have not flowered... 
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Last Post: 23/09/2013 at 06:31

Best value cloches

Novice needs expert guidance! 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 22:14


How easy is it to take seeds from these plants? 
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