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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

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.

Planting GW offer alliums

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 20:58

I planted the little alliums about 15cm deep - as instructed by T&M. However, my neighbour says the sphaerocephalon and roseum should only go in about 6cm otherwise they will struggle to reach the surface of the soil! Does anyone have any advice on this?  Other websites are equally vague!! Thanks very much!

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:02

Grew sweet peppers for the first time and they were great, so definately on for next year. Also grew cerinthe and they were lovely too - adored by bees. My chocolate cosmos eventually became a stunning plant so I hope I can keep it over winter under a blanket of straw!

Composting leaves in a dalek

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:14

Ooh thanks for that! I had planned to leave it for at least a year and my OH is really good at recycling beer, wine, tea & coffee...

Composting leaves in a dalek

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:07

I have built a couple of large compost heaps with old pallets and now have a redundant black dalek. It occurred to me that I could put in all the leaves when they drop. Will they compost down or do they need light and air too?  Expert advice needed please!

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

What do you do with grass clippings?

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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 18:00

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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Last Post: 16/08/2013 at 11:25

What can I put in now?

Foxgloves finished and a big space to fill... 
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Last Post: 20/07/2013 at 00:01
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