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Singing Gardener

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Melons and cucumbers

Posted: Yesterday at 19:25

I have exactly the same problem. In fact all the flowers on the melon plants seem to be male so I don't see how I'll ever get any fruit!

Ulrasonic pest scarer

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 10:27

That's a shame - I was considering one of these as well. Although if they'd stick to just cutting the grass I wouldn't mind.


Greenhouse dilema

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 12:30

I put in a second greenhouse this year (6' x 8') which I got from and am very pleased with it so far. It came with very clear instructions and was really easy to assemble, there was a small pack of bits missing and they sent it next day delivery when I complained and were very apologetic. Mine was on special offer and seemed a good price to me. The only slight negative is that it isn't as tall as my original one so might not be so good if you're tall (I'm not so it's not a problem).


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 23:48

Glad to help! I always grow Charlotte potatoes - we really like the taste. Yields have been quite variable depending on conditions but sometimes far more than we can eat. Not so great this year though because we've had so little rain here.

Anyone seen any ladybirds?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 15:32

I've got lots of blackfly and haven't seen many ladybirds but yesterday I noticed a weed at the bottom of the garden is covered with ladybird pupae (which I don't think I've ever noticed before). I think they're harlequins though but at least they might eat the blackfly once they hatch.

dopey dog (literally) eating lavender

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 19:02

I used to have a husky who ate courgettes. Unfortunately her method of picking them was to grab and pull which usually uprooted the plants. She also loved to pick and eat blackberries when we were out for walks.

Free offers Dead on Arrival

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 18:55

And looking at their website the P&P for an ordinary order is £4.95 so they're actually charging a premium for their "free" offers!

Free offers Dead on Arrival

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 13:16

I've had quite a lot of success with both T&M and J. Parker this year, although like Lyn I only ever buy things which are on special offer and I do expect to have to lavish plenty of TLC on them.

Of this year's 30 free lavenders from T&M I still have 28 going strong having been potted up twice so far. I'm now wondering where I'm going to put them all as I expected to lose rather more!


Posted: 16/06/2015 at 09:50

Was it this offer?


Vegetables growing really slowly

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 09:59

Thanks for the advice - I'm already storing up the compost ready for the autumn! I know that it must be at least partly due to the soil because my existing vegetable bed has also been extended at one side with this soil and I have a row of spinach beet growing across the bed. The seedlings in the new topsoil are tiny compared to the ones at the other end. I was so thrilled to have beautiful, new, crumbly topsoil that I never thought that it might need compost adding.

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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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Identification Help Please

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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?

This morning's visitors to my garden 
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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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Growing mistletoe

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Can I prune a juniper bush?

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How can I get frogs to use my pond?

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Putting paper in the compost

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