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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Hiring a lawn scarifier

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:29

Has anyone ever hired a scarifier? It seems to cost about £100 for 1 or 2 days and I wondered if it was worth the effort. I am becoming a bit desperate about what was my lawn. It is smothered in moss and weeds. I am happy to dig up the weeds but the moss is defeating me - already spent several days last autumn on hands and knees with a claw. Didn't seem to do much good. Any advice gratefully received!

Lychnis chalcedonica - vesuvius

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 08:58

I grew these from saved seed last year and found them very easy. Bit floppy though.

Advise for the Nettle/Comfrey users

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:24

I poured mine onto my compost heap and made a new supply. That way nothing was wasted!


Posted: 14/02/2015 at 08:46

I have far too much moss to compost so ended up stuffing it into bags and taking it to the tip. I did 4 car loads last autumn and am now starting round two. I also have bundles stuffed into wirenetting for the birds. As yet they are not very interested!  Hate the stuff.

What flowers in February?

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 20:24

Or a flower now and should be for the next few weeks. Perhaps surrounded with snowdrops and early daffs. What a lovely way to remember your Mum.

Flowers or plants with the name Sharon

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 12:41

I don't think it is a rose... I call my hibiscus 'rose of sharon'. Someone with more knowledge will be along in a minute.

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.

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Growing Cardoons

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Last Post: 18/10/2015 at 09:38

Best buy bulbs

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Last Post: 02/09/2015 at 21:53

Can I store Charlotte potatoes?

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Last Post: 11/07/2015 at 15:30

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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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
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