Singing Gardener

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what is this plant..?

Posted: Today at 10:02

We've had this growing in all the road verges near me in the last couple of years and I'd been wondering what it was! I think it's really pretty.


Posted: 26/03/2017 at 11:49

I have 3 or 4 spears showing but nothing yet from most of the crowns. I'm in Essex.

Bird feeder suggestions

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 16:18

I have two similar to Sheps' ones in my lawn. They slot into ground sockets and have withstood many a storm. Rats and squirrels can climb them though so both of mine are fitted with squirrel baffles which seem to work so far.

Harlequin Ladybird

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 16:05

I think nearly all of the ladybirds in my garden are harlequin ladybirds and they're so widespread that I could never make much of a dent in the population so I just leave them. They also do a brilliant job of eliminating aphids from the plants!


Posted: 10/03/2017 at 16:04

Do you have rabbits around? Mine were stripped by rabbits in the first year I planted them so I've now surrounded them with mesh to keep the rabbits away!

Plum Tree

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 16:03

Hi Lucy. Some plum trees are self-pollinating so don't need another plum tree. I have a Victoria plum which is one of these. My plum tree does send up a lot of suckers though, which is probably what your thin shoots are. I just cut them off as low down as I can when they appear.

Thompson Morgan again

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 09:43

Are you ordering something else as well as the free plugs? If so they charge additional postage.

New raised beds - clay soil and ground elder

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 19:00

I cleared a bed covered in ground elder 3 or 4 years back simply by digging it over and removing as many of the roots as possible and then assiduously removing any that grew back over the next year or so. This was quite easy as the bed had been dug over so it was easy to remove new ground elder growth. The bed has now been free of ground elder for over a year.

Ok to plant jasmine outside?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 12:28

The common one is deciduous though, isn't it? I have an evergreen one which looks just like this. I've had it in a container for years and put it outside in the summer and bring it in again in the winter. It usually flowers again just in time for Christmas, though it was a bit late this year. It's also quite happy to be pruned hard if it gets too big.

Seed Audit -open packets and out of date

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 10:50

I think it depends a lot on what seeds they are. I have lots that I continue to use for years (lettuce, french beans, beetroot, in particular because there are loads in a packet). Others don't seem to last so well. I seem to remember that somebody posted a list of the expected lifetime of different seeds here but it was a long time ago.

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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?

Surprise from digging up my salad leaves! 
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ID and help please

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BBQ Fodder?

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Oenothera Siskiyou Pink

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