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Posted: 12/06/2015 at 10:07
Dachalover wrote (see)

Got to go and sort out the pesky moles ...or krots as they are known as here 





Won't tell you what they're called at this address - would get shunted off the forum 

Morning all. Have been reading back - exploding dogs, lucky cats finding caring people to look after them, people ending jobs, people getting jobs (in a GC - think of the discount - how expensive could that be??), people looking for jobs - and lots more besides. You have all been so busy.

Off outside now before it gets too hot and muggy. I have lots of plants to put in the 'woodland border' (sounds grand - just means a few trees and shrubs - LOL) but we have had no real rain for weeks - so the ground is way too hard and dry for planting - will have to concentrate on other jobs instead.

Had an excellent garden club trip to Peter Beales Roses near Attleborough this week. They have done so much work there - a completely different experience to my last visit 4 years ago. They will have lovely display gardens to rival David Austens in a year or two. Excellent value - coffee, cake, raffle for a rose, demonstration of budding,  guided tour of the gardens & 10% off all plant purchases - all for £4. I think we will go back in a year or two when the gardens have matured a bit. 


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Posted: 12/06/2015 at 09:42

I can almost hear Cliff Richard singing, Dove...

Altogether now - "We're all going on a Summer Holiday......"  

Talkback: 10 zinnias

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 22:39
Thank you! - Thought it was me making schoolgirl errors - but maybe not

Anyone identify this plant for me?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 12:22

Thumbs up for the weedkiller approach from me. I would go for one of the stronger glyphosphate based weedkillers recommended in the RHS article linked in Dove's posting.

Don't panic Hefty - I know at least 2 people who have successfully eradicated JKW using glyphosphate & they had substantial clumps - much bigger than your single plant. The important thing is to keep on top of the spraying if it comes back. 

Good luck 

PS Might be worth mentioning to your neighbours so they can also be vigilant for any growth in their borders - a concerted effort from all of you will knock it for six.


Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 19:26

I think I may have found it Jo47 - I've bumped it up in the Wildlife thread .

As you said, that discussion all seemed to get a bit heated..

I think you, I and probably Obelixx are all after the same thing here. We are interested in keeping bees in a more natural, organic, bee friendly way - but only if it is safe for both ourselves and the bees.

It is proving quite difficult to find reasoned, unbiased articles on the pros and cons and I am beginning to think the best way is to try to find somebody who is already doing it successfully & go and talk to them about how much they actually manage their hives etc. I will also watch what Monty does through the season with extra interest.


Posted: 09/06/2015 at 19:20


Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 09:15
Have been picking rhubard, salad leaves, pea shoots & herbs for several weeks. Had the first salad turnip, strawbobs (2)! and full lettuce this weekend.
Looks like lots of goodies to come but I suspect the newly planted tomatoes & courgettes will have struggled with the last couple of very cold nights.
Also - the strawberries look very small this year. I have watered them & most look as if they have a long way to go before they are ready for harvest - but I'm wondering if this is a side effect of the cold spring / fluctuating temperatures we've had. Anybody else noticing this?

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Posted: 07/06/2015 at 21:33

No I didn't see it Jo - I've only seen 2 posts - one about 2 swarms of bees in someone's garden & the other from a mum worried because bees had made a home under her decking - but I don't think there were any arguments ensuing from either post.

Perhaps you could post a link if you find it again please? 

I certainly have no intention of getting into arguments about the rights and wrongs of different methods of beekeeping. I just know I don't want to have a hive if I have to manage it in the 'traditional' way. If, however,  there is an alternative, safe, hands off, bee-centred approach I can adopt  - this is what I would aim for - hence the research.

I cannot help thinking that it must be possible. Bees have been making hives quite naturally for millennia without any intervention from man...

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Posted: 07/06/2015 at 21:06

I don't know how pro active you need to be - this is what I'm trying to research. I did, however, find this site and this page in particular to be of interest regarding some of the differences between conventional & natural bee keeping:


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Posted: 07/06/2015 at 19:10

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