Singing Gardener

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Posted: 18/10/2017 at 18:11

I've also occasionally looked for evidence that slug pellets are proven to be harmful to hedgehogs, frogs or birds and can't find any.

I do avoid using slug pellets except where they're enclosed (e.g. greenhouse) nowadays though but nevertheless I have no frogs or hedgehogs in my garden. In years gone by in my previous gardens I used lots of slug pellets and had no shortage of frogs and hedgehogs. I suspect other factors are responsible for the decline.

Squirrels and mice stealing bulbs!

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 11:57

My mother uses a black mesh with pointy bits which she finds very effective to protect her tulips. Something like this: 

Opinion about watering assistance

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 10:39

I've completed the survey but agree with the comments made above.

Also, if I put a houseplant in a pot then I will have chosen the colour of pot that I want so I don't really want it to change colour all the time.

Net fruit bags - tomato ties etc.

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 11:48

I use them to support developing melons in the greenhouse but there's nothing to get entangled in the net in there.

Monster carrot

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 20:27

And to think, I censored the first photo because the carrot was very ill positioned....

Monster carrot

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 18:42

OH went out to pull a carrot because he'd decided the ones I'd pulled earlier were insufficient and got rather more than he'd bargained for!

Algae and Moss on Greenhouse floor

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 10:33

My greenhouse is sealed around the edge with a tube of waterproof outdoor sealant/adhesive from the local DIY shop which was applied after the greenhouse was installed - and can be reapplied as necessary.Think about leaving holes for water to drain out if necessary though - we initially forgot to do this and ended up with a flooded greenhouse because of the automatic watering setup!

garden soil

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 14:59

If it's good topsoil then people will bite your hand off for it! Try advertising it on freecycle or similar.

If it's not good soil then you'll probably have to pay someone to take it away or get a skip.

Are ALL bay leaves inedible?

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 14:57

Wikipedia says not (look at the section entitled "Safety":

Globe Artichokes

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 11:34

I've grown globe artichokes this year and the plants are absolutely huge so I think you'd need a very large container (unless there are smaller varieties?). They do look lovely though and you don't need many to produce a good number of artichokes. Mine have survived very well on neglect in the dry weather we had through June so I agree about the watering.

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Monster carrot

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Bats in my parasol!

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Just hoed up my green manure seedlings!

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ID please

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Is this a mole tunnel?

Fresh excavations between lawn and paving 
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Vegetables growing really slowly

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I'm so envious of you all!

One day my vegetable garden will be ready.... 
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Can I eat chervil roots?

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ID and help please

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BBQ Fodder?

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