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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 12:28

Just remembered - echinacea is a good one too.

Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 12:27

All lovely plants and mostly easy to grow. Phacelia is terrific for bees and don't forget borage - masses of it if you have the space. The bonus is all the other flying insects which you get - bumbles galore, hoverflies and moths. I bought a lot of echium vulgare seeds from a potato day last January. Very few germinated but several popped up in places where they weren't sown! seed.  Good luck!

Regular contributers.

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 21:10

This forum is a lifeline for me and my garden. I have no gardening friends or family and the local garden society folded several years ago. I LOVE the way I can ask simple questions and know that someone will be along soon to answer or advise. Long may they continue to post!

Manuka honey

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 09:04

Try to buy local raw honey which has not been heated or fine filtered These two processes remove many of the beneficial enzymes and many beekeepers do this. Pollen is removed and honey is warmed. If honey is warmed to 40 deg C, then there is not much left in the way of 'goodness'. If you can, talk the beekeeper, he/she will be able to tell you about the process they used to extract the honey. Raw honey should be kept in the fridge ... the pollen it contains may make it ferment  at room temperature. It is very good for you.

funny forum format

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 09:17

Yep - totally muddled up. 

Sarah Raven Sales

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 17:04

Sarah Raven has a sale on about an hour's easy drive from me. Has anyone ever been to one and is it worth it? I sometimes buy from her website but not often because it is expensive. 

Washing fleece

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 08:34

I washed the lot by hand. It was quick and very effective. Now its drying on the line....like a sheet of ice because I forgot to bring it in last night. Oh well. Thank you for all your advice and KEF, I will have more respect for my washing machine now!

Washing fleece

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 19:45

Oh dear - I am a bit spooked. I think I will use my big sink in the utility room. At least they will not block the machine - I had not thought about that. Thank you.  

Washing fleece

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 17:04

I 'found' a couple of pieces of garden fleece lurking behind my log pile today. They are complete, not chewed or ripped. I had just forgotten about them. However, they are muddy and a bit green. Can I wash them in the washing machine? Would they survive a gentle wash cycle? Has anyone one ever done this? 

Allium leaf miner

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 08:59

I had this last year. I bought some environmesh, as Bob suggested and it worked a treat. No nasties of any sort. It also protected the cabbages because they were in a nearby bed- the E'mesh was so large, it covered everything nearby!

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

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

What plants should I be feeding now?

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Last Post: 04/09/2014 at 10:02

Snowberry advice needed

How best to care? 
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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 09:32

Saving peas for seed

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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 09:24

Help with cucumbers

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Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 08:33
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