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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Cost of the hobby of gardening per year?.

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 20:07

Our allotments are free but there is no water. We have a Heath Robinson- ish system of water collection points with barrels, pipes and butts. Only a few rules and NO livestock!  the fence costs the most to keep out Peter Rabbit & chums and Ratty. My fence cost about 250 last year. I scrounge wheelbarrows from our local tip - a goldmine for useful bits and pieces.

No Aconites yet

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 16:49

Oh thank you - I always was impatient!

No Aconites yet

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 16:38

I planted some winter aconites last year - as small green plants with yellow flowers. So far there is no sign of them. Did I do something wrong or do they sulk for a year or so? Any advice welcome!

Is it Lythrum is it a bog plant?

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 09:32

I bought a lythrum before I realised it need lots of water. It survives well in my dry chalky soil and I give it extra water in the summer as well as lots of mulch. The flowers are lovely. It does have a reddish tinge to the stalks.

Gardener come.....

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:38

Ah - that is always a difficult question because I love so many... here's a few: Emma, Birdsong, Testament of Youth, Grapes of Wrath, Any Shardlake book, the Larsson trilogy, Wuthering Heights, Slaughterhouse 5. They all look a bit heavy! About to start Pompeii. 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:27

Retired English teacher. Hardly ever think about what I used to be. Now I'm a granny, a gardener and a cook.

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 20:03

Nigella's black cherry chocolate trifle is delicious. Not a patch on the 70s version!

Bedding plants seedlings already!

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 18:41

I know this winter has been very mild but I really was surprised to see seedlings from last summer's bedding are growing well! Baby Nigella seedlings and Cerinthe seedlings are all over the borders.  We have had some frosts, but nothing too nasty - yet! If they survive will they bloom early?

Potato Days

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:02

I have just been to my first potato day! It was a real treat, in January, to wander around enthusaistic gardeners selling all manner of seeds as well as tons of seed  potatoes. If you can get to one, then go!

Putting paper in the compost

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 12:46

A lot of junk mail is made from shiny paper and that does not compost down very well. I have never shredded paper before - try it and see if it decomposes.

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Help with cucumbers

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

Cucumbers outdoors?

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Last Post: 02/07/2014 at 17:36

Garlic rust

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Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 16:51

Munched broadbeans

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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 10:10

Growing meconopsis

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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 09:47

Gardening with the enemy

And I don't mean slugs & snails! 
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Last Post: 28/04/2014 at 00:13

What do you do with grass clippings?

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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 16:05

Mice!

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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
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