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Posted: 04/06/2015 at 14:36

I wait until they start to ripen then net. 

Unfortunately, have had to give up the alloment recently.  Poorly mother and mother in law mean that we are unable to dedicate the time any more.  Havent been up there to work on it since February when MIL went into hospital.

So we are going to give it a tidy, dismantle the raised beds and leave it in a suitable state.  Hubby started to strim very overgrown paths yesterday and managed to pick a sizeable first crop of early strawbs.  Sad, but cant really see a way around it or a foreseeable end to current situation.

Funny pest control !!!

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 14:28

I can also recommend the humane mouse traps.  My 'unwelcome visitors' came into the house courtesy of my cat who couldnt be bothered to finish the mouse off.  Trap worked quickly and said visitor was released away from the house and garden in some scrubland.

Bird ID

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 14:25

Buttercupdays, one in my garden also imitates my house phone which is very annoying!

A present for the birds

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 16:13

I have been doing exactly the same and putting it in my bird feeders.  Great to think that some baby birds are snuggling up to 'Murphy fluff' when they hatch!

Mystery plant

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 16:04

Although they do like moisture, I have one in my very sunny south facing garden and very rarely water it!  Mine started flowering last week and I now have in total 14 buds/those in full flower.

To deadhead, just pull from the base of the flower stem (like you would pull rhubarb).


Posted: 16/04/2015 at 16:00

I split mine last weekend after digging it out of a pot that it had got too big for.  Watered well and left out.  Checked on them last night and the shoots are already alot further out than the weekend.

Talkback: How to take aeonium cuttings

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:57

Glad to hear that yours seem okay Blairs.  I too cut the tops off and have tried rooting them (and keeping the bottom parts too in hope!). 

Needless to say, wont be keeping them in the potting shed for winter again!!

Oriental Poppy

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:14

I took quite a few root cuttings last summer from my 'pattys plum'.  Despite birds pulling out the cuttings a few times and me replacing them, they seem to be doing pretty well.  I plan to plant out after easter.

monty don potting shed

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:11

Got my new potting shed last summer.  So far got the potting bench, shelving and hooks etc sorted for my tools, pots and everything else.  Also had time to paint the inside a soft blue colour (not very practical, but who cares!) and make some bunting to hang up inside (cue much eye-rolling from OH).  My birthday is next week and I have asked for a digital radio for the shed.  Am also keeping an eye out for a funky deckchair too.!

Belfast Sink Ideas

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:08

I use my belfast sinks for either geraniums or, last year I used them to sow peas and used the pea shoots in salads rather than let them grow and also cut and come again salads.

Discussions started by SFord

Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora - poorly!

Oops - Its not looking healthy 
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Woodlice are finding my strawberries tasty! 
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Dream Potting Shed

What would you include? 
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Talkback: Carnivorous plant pot display

I bought a carniverous plant (trumpet pitcher) as an 'experiment' earlier this year and keep it in my conservatory. It obviously loves wher... 
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