Singing Gardener

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100 Free bulbs

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 09:42

I've taken up this offer a couple of times and have found them pretty good, although I think some of last year's ones didn't come up (I can't remember exactly what was included but I think there should have been some Everest which never appeared if so).

The worst offer I took up was for 100 free allium "Modern Art" a couple of years ago. When they flowered I realised I hated them and they seeded themselves everywhere. I dug up 170ish this year but am sure I'll have just as many reappearing next year.

Ant Problem

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 12:53

Yes, I've used boiling water on the patio with good results but it didn't occur to me that it would kill the grass as well as the ants when I tried it on the lawn! I've also tried the bait pots but haven't found them very effective.

Ant Problem

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 10:11

Don't use boiling water for an ants nest on the lawn. I learned this the hard way! My lawn took ages to recover. Nematodes work well for ants. They don't kill them but the ants move away.


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 10:02

It is only one particular variety of mosquito that carries the Zika virus and I believe we don't have it in the UK as the climate is unsuitable (similarly malaria).

My daughter became pregnant shortly before we had a trip to Borneo which included some jungle treking and I spent the entire holiday nagging her about using insect repellent because of the concern about malaria. All was fine fortunately.

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 11:41

I grew some delphiniums from seed last year and planted them out in spring. I protected them with copper rings to start with as I have loads of slugs and snails (especially this year). They have done well in the ground and now that they're established I've removed the rings. My older delphiniums seem to survive the slugs without too much damage.

ID please

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 16:14

Thanks Pete. Looks as if it isn't hardy then (which is probably a good thing as I'm not really all that keen on it!).

ID please

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 12:31

I've just been given this as a gift. I think it comes from Tesco or Sainsburys but it's just labelled "Garden Plant". What is it and can I plant it outside?

Red hot pokers

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:55

Do you cut them back each year? Mine went for years with gradually reducing flowering because I didn't realise that they do better if they're pruned. Although actually I tend to pull out the old leaves rather then cutting back because my shears won't go through them.

Cucumber Pollination

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 18:14

I think it depends on the variety. According to the Unwins website you should leave the male flowers on for this variety as the female flowers need pollination. Some varieties you need to remove the male flowers or the cucumbers taste bitter.

I only grow all female varieties in my greenhouse but have Jogger outside this year and that also says to leave the male flowers on.

Carrot Issues

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 10:29

I usually get some pretty good carrots from my "Early" Nantes but not until well into the autumn! They seem to take way longer to develop than it says on the packet.

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ID please

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Turtle Doves

Never seen these before 
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Please help with ideas for plants to trail over these walls

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Weed 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

Not enough nutrients in the topsoil? 
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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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Oenothera Siskiyou Pink

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Ants in house plants

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Impatiens question

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