Latest posts by SweetPea93

Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 12:42

In my experience cats really love lavender, I have four, worked with cat rescues etc. I have used lots of citrus peelings and coffee granules, as well as a product called getoff I believe, it's meant to be safe and none toxic, but I've not used it since a lost cat called my front garden home for a few days while we traced the owner.

Garden friends

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 18:23

Fishy!! Tut tut

new member just joined

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 12:18

Kevin, you aren't going to get a paid job with no experience, I've also looked at your website, I gather with it being called the gardening times it's meant to be text heavy, but it's very blunt and imposing, surely a gardening blog calls for lots of photos? I was the editor of my school, and then college newspaper once upon a time, and volunteered with my town's newspaper, and even though I was talented I never received a paid job, I had experience on my side, but no formal qualification in it.

Make your blog more inviting, friendly, and more importantly modern, offer to guest write on more popular blogs, websites, write reviews on products you've used, and talk to your local papers, not excluding the local news websites. I'm sorry if I've burst your bubble, but as much as I hate to tell you, you will find it difficult landing any job in newspapers with no experience. Stick with your paying job for now and email the relevant people yourself at the weekends. Don't forget gardening for most people is a seasonal thing, and only really garners interest from the masses this time of the year, come October, Joe Bloggs won't really give much of a damn about his garden again until late next spring, and editors know that.


And hullo to the OP! Welcome!

new allottment

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 10:48

We've only had ours a month and have dug over and pulled out by hand countless brambles a third of our plot. With the weather we are having the rest of the plot is fast becoming full of grass and yet more brambles so we have resorted to some weedkiller to keep it all at bay. We shan't be growing on it this year anyway.

My advise is depending on how large your plot is, ours is over 25ft long, to dig over a chunk of it this year and do more next year. Plant easy and fast growing crops and make friends with people who have horses

Newbie unsure what plant this is

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 19:11

That's the one my Dad has, and it's quite invasive, but beautiful.

Potato flowers

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 19:06

I have an allotment, but there's only two of us to feed, so even if it's only enough for some mash once or twice it's not really cost us anything. Plus I hear potatoes are good as a starter crop to break up ground that's not been used to grow on for quite a while. What will the supermarket potatoes do once planted in the ground?


Potato flowers

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:17

Right, considering there was a load of nonsense in the middle of this, can I still sow my seed potatoes, and any forgotten potatoes that have been forgotten about in the cupboard, and what is likely to happen? If anything I'm more confused more now than I was before I looked at this thread!

After a cruddy day, came some sunshine

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 13:46

They aren't yellow now, they sort of started off the yellow colour, then the pink and purple colour spread into the petals, like a bruise?

After a cruddy day, came some sunshine

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 13:16

 I honestly thought they were dying, I mean look at the bottom! but they are so so pretty! It seems sweet pea buds sort of bleed the colour slowly into them before blooming. Forever learning!

Pallet strawberries!

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 12:49

Thank you FG, also curious as to how you contain the strawberries behind the pallet?

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flowering plant ID, but no flowers, just a bulb!

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No room left at the inn! 
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