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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

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.

Can anyone identify this plant for me?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 08:34

Looks like my wild valerian. Will look later when it's warmer!

bumblebee boxes to buy or not to buy

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 13:28

We have bumblebees nesting in the ground, in old mouse holes and in clumps of grass. They also like old bird boxes. We did not bother to create special bumblebee boxes. 

However, my husband made several 'bee hotels' last year from scrap wood, filled them with cut up bamboo and bark. Brilliant. We had lots of fun watching them being explored by solitary bees of all types which subsequently nested. This year we have had an explosion in the population of solitary bees, mining bees and other types. I love it!



Bulbs in containers

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 11:14

I did this last year, following the advice on here and the GW programme. It was quite effective. The technique was called 'lasagne planting'. If you google it, I'm sure the method will come up. Good luck.

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:34

OK will do. Thanks!

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Growing Cardoons

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Best buy bulbs

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Can I store Charlotte potatoes?

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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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Soil based compost

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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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Potato planting dilemma

Going away... 
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Hiring a lawn scarifier

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Sarah Raven Sales

Are they worth it? 
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Washing fleece

This is not housework gone mad ... 
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