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Where is the buzz of busy bees?

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 20:07

Thanks for all your comments. Interesting to find that some of you have noticed a difference in bee numbers from last year too.  I had thought iniatially that the lack of bees may have been due to cold weather, but it did not explain them dying in the garden. It was fairly warm last weekend and when I found a dead bumble bee in a Tulip flower, I thought this was more than the cold weather. It has been really warm today and for the first time I had two bumblebees in my back garden at the same time, but that hardly constitutes a good number. On a walk, I saw a bumblebee on it's back, legs striving in the air. Obviously another one dying. I definately think there is something wrong and it is not just the cold weather keeping them indoors out the cold.

Where is the buzz of busy bees?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 22:42

I know it has been a hot topic recently in the press and with wildlife associations, but I have noticed a distinct lack of bees this year. Our front lawn is filled with self-set aconites which bloom yellow in spring, followed by another flower which is blue in late spring. As normal the early spring flowers attracted bumble bees, but I started to find them crawling in the grass trying to fly, but not able to take off. All they could manage was a weak whir of the wings that took them no where. The following day they would be dead on their sides in the grass. I have found similar bee behaviour followed by dead bees in my back garden, always the bumble bee. I have a geum phaem that attracted bees galore last year, but have not seen one on it this year. The aquilegia has only been visited by two lone bumble bees, who have obviously gone mad for it's pollen. Without going in to all my flowers, the garden is blooming at the moment but there is a distinct lack of buzz. In fact there are not the hoverflies I had last year either. It is quite erie, the garden is in bloom, but their is a distinct lack of vibration, a distinct lack of flying life. I am a completely organinc gardener, have never used chemicals on anything, so I am sure I am not killing them off. The only bees I have seen are a few solitary and mason who have kindly pollinated my strawberries. I just wondered if anyone else out there has noticed a lack of buzz in their gardens?

Paper for Organic Compost?

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 20:20

I keep reading and hearing that all waste paper and cardboard can go in the compost bin. A lot of chemicals are used in paper processing to bleach the wood white. Then there is all the inks that go into coloured magazines and packaging etc. Does this really make a healthy compost to grow vegetables on? Are all products used in publishing today biodegradable?

 

How do I chit sprouted Poatoes?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 01:04

Thanks everyone for all the advice. Told you it was the first time I had ever grown potatoes. I was not sure if there was a root end and a shoot end or not. Great news to hear that I can just plant the double sprouters level.

My Garden is very small. No room for a vegetable patch, which is why we are growing potatoes in bags.  More for the tasty treat than for quantity!

 

How do I chit sprouted Poatoes?

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 22:57

This will be the first time I have ever grown potatoes. I am growing them in bags, as my Mother has been extremely sucessful with this method. Her Potatoes last year tasted gorgeous and my Husband and I loved going round to dinner!

I took my seed poatoes out of their cool dark place today to start chitting them. Only problem is that over the past week, they decided to sprout short white shoots.

According to the chitting advice, the potatoes are supposed to be turned eyes up towards the light. Does this now mean the shoots? Problem is that several potatoes have sprouted shoots at both ends. Which end do I encourage the chitting on with?

Thanks in advance to any advice I receive.

 

Sprouting Tulip Bulbs

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 13:08

Great thanks for such a quick response, that is what I love about this forum!

 Just off out into the garden to plant them now. I had already dug the trench, with a ruler to hand, accross the front of a border, before I opened the bag!

Sprouting Tulip Bulbs

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 12:48

I bought some Tulips in September and waited until now to plant them (avoiding Tulip Fire as advised), but when I opened the bag I found they were all sprouting. One already has an inch long shoot. Is this too early? Did I not store them cool enough? Will they be alright to still plant out or will the cold weather get them?

 

To All Veg Growers

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 16:59

Some of my purple sprouting Broccoli plants have just developed ring spot.

Advice I have seen is a bit conflicting. Do I just remove infected leaves, or the whole plant to prevent further spread? I believe ring spot likes mild wet weather, will a the predicted frost kill any spores and prevent further spread?

Nathalie

Purple sprouting Broccoli

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 16:54

After extensive research on the internet and finding images to match my purple sprouting broccolli leaves, I have diagnosed the problem; Ring spot.  A disease favoured by wet, mild conditions. Sound familiar?!!  I can only hope in removing the infected material that the promised frost will kill off any further spread.

Cutting back to recovery

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 16:09

Posted at the same time Verdun! I have a lot to learn, only started the lark in January this year. Our first garden, but so run down with hardly any plants in it that we have had the beauty of starting everything from scratch!

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Where is the buzz of busy bees?

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Paper for Organic Compost?

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How do I chit sprouted Poatoes?

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Sprouting Tulip Bulbs

Can I still plant them? 
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To All Veg Growers

Any experience of ring spot? 
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Purple sprouting Broccoli

Black spots and holes 
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Lawn maintainace

Too late? 
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Cutting back to recovery

Heucherella and Aquilega 
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Sick Heucherella

Could it be bacterial leaf spot? 
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