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Posted: 18/05/2014 at 13:04

We are inundated with them too, and I'm quite allergic to their bites, come up in hives that itch for days, and then they swell underneath... sigh. I've had to ignore the garden for a few days it's so bad. I'm off into town today and hopefully will find some of those bait boxes. I don't much like the idea of killing them though...

scaredy cat plant, does it work

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 12:59

used coffee beans, and citrus rind helps. So does a product called 'get off' and it's none toxic - it smells of lemons. Muscle rub is interesting. I once used it on my leg and not long after putting it on, my then kitten, attacked my leg, so I can confirm they hate it. It's strong to us imagine how strong it is to them.

Sewing wildflowers

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 12:35

It's only quite a small space, a full days work maybe, but I'll probably spread the work over quite a while. Maybe I will just bide my time


Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 12:19

I skipped the last few long posts on this topic, but I shall admit I raised my eyebrows at the £700 heated mat, but don't forget in the very same show, Monty recommended us all head to the garden centres now to get primroses at reduced prices as they've stopped flowering, and then in a few years time you'd get many, many more plants out of that one little bargain... He does offer us money saving tips for those like myself, who are total novices, as well as those who take things more seriously.

Gardeners world has to cater to a lot of people, on a very specific topic, gardening. I think overall he does a great job. I just watched the great british garden revival, his own section being on wildflowers which was so much more informative than GW, but he got to talk at length about a specific topic, and how you can achieve it on a modest, and a grand scale.

Sewing wildflowers

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 12:12

Hello all, I recently acquired an allotment, two thirds are going to be dedicated to crops, but the bottom half is quite shady, behind some plum and damson trees, I'd like to leave it for the wildlife, with wildflowers for bees and butterflies, at the moment it's a carpet of weeds, brambles and a quick spreading ivy! The brambles have been cut down and the roots need chopping up, anyway, my question is, how well do I need to have the ground cleared before sewing the seeds? And if I sew soon will I see results this year?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 12:05

Lavender Lady, that looks like my dream garden, that wisteria! Swoon! I love the colour of your painted gate too! I bet you could enjoy a glass or two there!

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 11:12

It definitely worked, she looks a bit like our Cassie... Tabby's always seem to have offbeat and quirky personalities!


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 21:08

hello Rosemummy, if you have only read the first post, then you should know we got ours yesterday! After 6 weeks! We are so incredibly lucky. When we lived in birmingham we honestly lived opposite the local allotments, there was the access road in front of the house and they were just there in plain view when doing the washing up! It was torture, but the waiting list was in excess of 3 years!!

Grabbed a photo from my facebook

 Really not a great photo, but it gives you an idea of size, and if you zoom in, the amount of brambles we have to clear, even after it being chopped down! (this was standing about 6 metres into the plot too!)


We plan on churning up as much of the ground as possible, putting down weedkiller for the brambles, getting up the massive root balls, debris, litter and whatnot, and just focusing on a small bed and sew something like carrots this year, and then focus on improving the rest of the soil and ridding it of weeds for the rest of this year. The plot tapers off into into a triangle at the end, with some sort of flowering tree, hopefully that will be a wildlife bit with lots of wildflowers, bird feeders and the such! I'd like to get that done quite soon simply because I don't the need the soil to be in fabulous condition to get some growth.

Oh I forgot! We were warned today that there are a group of badgers that are partial to carrots! It's a good job I'm a fan of them!

photo uploads from phone

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:57

I might be the only one, but I quite like that it's a little old fashioned. It keeps it relatively user friendly, and I'm sure others wont be too offended when I say, there are a number of older members on the forum, and changing things rapidly mind bewilder them. I know for a fact that even for a young'un like me, some forums are so complicated on mobile UI's they're unusable. The fact it's simple and traditional will appeal to many on here.

If there was a large enough number of people accessing the site via mobiles I'm sure they would update it, but I really don't think there is.

I think it's a case of like it or lump it really

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:47

Orchid Lady and Fairy Girl I'm overwhelmed with your kindness, and I really couldn't expect you to spend money on postage at all! Plus as OL noticed we are the proud owners of an allotment now, and that's going to take up so much time it's almost a blessing that we lost so many seedlings. I've salvaged about 10 dahlias and the OH has about 5 marigolds left. At least they weren't particularly grand and difficult seeds to grow! There's always next year!

It was a plastic growhouse, it was the one night we forgot to weigh it down with our tools... *sigh* we'd just managed to resurrect the peppers too and they started to thrive, they'd been such a pain, but we persevered! Finding pepper plugs has been fruitless, homebase sell established plants, but where's the fun in that

Discussions started by SweetPea93

Belfast sinks and their true value?

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Where to find terrarium/indoor greenhouse type things

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Dahlias grown from seed, tubers?

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New garden new start... Fingers crossed

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dog rosehips collecting

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Weed or Veg IDs from my allotment!

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Spetchley Park Gardens

Took a lovely daytrip 
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GW live. What to expect?

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

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After a cruddy day, came some sunshine

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The challenges of a smaller than average garden

No room left at the inn! 
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Marigolds looking... well weird

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Garden tattoos? Or generally cool and interesting tattoos?

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