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Posted: 27/05/2015 at 22:39

If I ever caught anyone doing such a thing as firing a paintball marker at any animal I would report them to the police and the RSPCA. Promoting cruelty to animals like that is wrong, and a very poor example to set, no matter what.


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 20:21

I wonder if there is a problem with zinnias this year. Mine have done the same (from seed and plugs). Bought my plugs from Sarah raven and they were great when I emailed them about it. They sent me some more but they went the same. Been given a full refund and they said that their grower was aware. 

I'd this please

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:27

I have one like that and it's a pink called 'Doris'. Beautiful.

Broad beans - should they look like this?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:26

I planted them from seed in the greenhouse and then hardened them off before planting out.

Yep, dug in some manure in January. Do you think the soil could be too rich?

The beds have been dug down quite deep so are deeper than they look on the photo.

i didn't put any stakes by them until a few days ago as I watched a clip on YouTube and it suggested that leaving them to blow about a bit makes them a stronger plant. Maybe that hasn't helped.

Gave them a really good water today. One or two signs of flowers.



Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:21

Maybe next year Victoria Sponge!

Hope so on the pollination front Green Magpie. Have put some colourful plants by my fruit and veg plot to attract them over! A sort of Sainsburys for bees!

My other half was worried that they would attack him (!) but we've been walking by them all day and they are very content to do their own thing. They are so lovely and busy! 

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:14

Looks great Matty2. Love the variety of plants that you've chosen. Have you worked out heights and which ones should go at the back? I've made a 'best guess' but imagine that mine are a bit jumbled! 


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:26

 Just had a look and they really are identical to those on pansyface's link. Here is their house! Loads of them going in and out. 

Broad beans - should they look like this?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:17

I've watered them every other day and when i dig under the surface the soil is warm and damp. They do look a bit weird but having never grown them before I don't know what to expect. Are yours more straight?

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:14

have planted a few more outside and they look to be doing ok. Have decided to put the dahlias in their own bed as they can be a bit thuggish. Few more to go in today. Exciting times!

 Chives looking happy. They last ages in a vase too.


Broad beans - should they look like this?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:08

Good  morning

First time growing broad beans. Just a couple of rows at the front of a raised bed. Should they look like this? Sort of knarly and a bit twisted? How frequently should they be watered?  Any tips? Thanks.



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Gardener's rewards...

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Not quite ripe seeds....

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Main crop spuds

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Freezing runner beans

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Is there much that should be sown now?

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Show Time!

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Preperation for the big day!

Doing a Bob Marley all day... 
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Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

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Any ideas for an entry..... meets garden... 
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Votes please, and a quick questions...

Which one and what soil? 
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Hungry little things...

Chomping away 
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A good year? 
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