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How to attract bees into polytunnel

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 21:15

Hmm Chris hadn't thought about the full sun aspect. As they're quite cheap it'd be worth trying a few. How about planting some just outside the tunnel?


They grow about 2 ft tall. Here's a photo I took last year


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:59

Mine didn't start fruiting till the 3rd year. Otherwise ditto what Bob says, especially as they're in pots. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy

How to attract bees into polytunnel

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:49

Allium sphaerocephalon. The bees adore them! I tend to plant to attract bees but these are the bees knees! 

Hang out the washing

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:37

Thank you for all your replies and ideas. My current rotary drier is a collapsible one and also has a cover which makes it a little less noticeable (if you squint). My back garden sounds about the size of Dove's old garden - maybe a bit bigger, but currently half of it is patio, and this is what I want to reduce and grow more plants. I'm even toying with turning it into a no-mow herb lawn. I saw some fake grass today.....Nah 

So with regards to the drier, yes Victoria practicality will have to take priority. It will have to stay where it is. I've removed the lower branches from the Damson tree and pruned the Corkscrew Hazel so the duvet cover and sheets are free of green stripes and captured bees. Back to the patio dilemma

Hang out the washing

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 23:57

I want to re-design my small back garden as I've hotched-potched it over the years around an over-sized patio. I've been trawling books and t'internet for months now, and the thing that strikes me about all these designs is no-one seems to take into account the washing line or, as in my case, a rotary airer.

Am I the only gardener who dries laundry outside? Has everyone succumbed to an electric drier? I'm all for gardening forever, housework whenever, but even I have to wash the occasional item. Anyone seen a useful book? Companion planting and laundry? Wildlife gardening and undies?

Rubble pile into flower bed?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 23:40

The clay, rocks and soil aren't particularly the problem. The roots would be, as they're likely to grow into plants you don't want, so I'd get as many of those out as you can.

You could give it over to wildlife, in which case there are 3 plants I know that are pretty much indestructible -  at least in my garden. These are Aquilegia, Californian poppies, and (holding breath here) Nettles. The Aquilegia and Poppies are loved by bees - at least the yellow poppies are, and the Nettles are loved by butterflies amongst others. See

I keep the nettles and Aquilegia under control, but let the poppies seed themselves.

32 today, what are you doing to keep cool,,,

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 05:43

I've been getting home from work and gardening till it goes dark. Wonderful!

I made blackcurrant jam at the weekend. At the moment 2 plants growing that are really attracting bees - Allium sphaerocephalon, and butterflies  - Marjoram.

To keep cool, wear something wet - I wet my hat a lot when I'm gardening in hot weather.  

A friend of mine, who lives in a hot country, keeps her clothes overnight in the fridge in one of those plastic bags you get for packing in a suitcase. She also takes clothes out the washing machine and puts them straight on 

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:59

Hi Verdun, agreed March was disappointing from our perpesctive, and a lot of sowing and planting had to be delayed but I do think a lot of the plants seem to have benefitted. I thought my apples might have suffered but I've got lots of fruit developing.

Right, back to work, gardening or housework ........... hmmm which do you think might be the choice? 

HELP! plant identifying its ruining my life

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:50

I had a problem many years ago with an invasive plant from my non-gardening neighbour's garden. I put Glyphosate on every leaf that came over my side. As Glyphosate is a systemic weed killer it goes through the leaves to the root. Looking at those photos I think you'd be justfied in doing that. Nothing wrong with a bit of stealth gardening

I once planted Russian vine - never again!


Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:39

Thought I'd put up a photo of 3 of mine which have been wonderful this year. Warsaw Nike and Etoille Violette grow together. Pii


lu After years of failing with Clematis I know seem to have deveoped the knack. I now have 5 and still looking for some more.

Dove, Taylors is always my first port of call. Great selection and good site


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