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Old 14-03-2012, 9:13 PM
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To be critical of your efforts (in what I hope is a good way!), have you got any smaller stems? I've read that there are species out there that like a hole about 2mm across.
When I spot some suitable stems I'll make another for the little bees, although I think the ones small enough for a 2mm hole only feed on harebells, and the nearest wild harebells to me are about a mile away, so not likely to get any tenants. Still, nothing venture nothing gain.
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Old 14-03-2012, 9:43 PM
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When I spot some suitable stems I'll make another for the little bees, although I think the ones small enough for a 2mm hole only feed on harebells, and the nearest wild harebells to me are about a mile away, so not likely to get any tenants. Still, nothing venture nothing gain.
Ah, well, now, I didn't know about the harebell thing. Think that means I won't get any either.

I wouldn't know a harebell if I fell over on one and got stung by a tiny wee bee.
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Old 14-03-2012, 10:42 PM
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Today I took delivery of a pot of hypoaspis miles which is hopefully going to get rid of the scarid fly which we have indoors.

All my seed trays and house plants have had a good sprinkling I just need to wait and see what happens. It's not too bad at the moment but last year the greenhouse was infested with them and I don't want the same happening again this year. It's my fault I guess, for using an old bag of compost - lesson learnt

Luckily all my seedlings are looking ok. I've just got to rig up some of the sticky fly paper things over the trays to catch the adult flies before they lay more eggs in the soil.

Only one more day at work and then I've got 5 days off so hopefully the weather's going to be nice and I can get my mange tout and broad beans in, ooh look at me all posh I don't have peas I have mange tout
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Yippee remembered my furball password so will try to load pics. Before
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Sorted the planters today
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Don't remember planting this though
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Enjoying the sunshine, proof that cats and chooks can co exist, !!!!!cat keeping an eye on that beak though
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Old 14-03-2012, 11:38 PM
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When I spot some suitable stems I'll make another for the little bees, although I think the ones small enough for a 2mm hole only feed on harebells, and the nearest wild harebells to me are about a mile away, so not likely to get any tenants. Still, nothing venture nothing gain.
Well here's mine:



I've got too many little ones. The biggest ones are too big (now that I've re-read my own link ) and I haven't got as many medium ones as I should have. At least that's easily rectified, and as I made it much bigger than it needs to be I can put other things in that they might like, such as some drilled wood. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Aw, I miss old furballmad.

Looks like you just need a bit of a tidy up and you're ready to go.
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Aw, I miss old furballmad.

Looks like you just need a bit of a tidy up and you're ready to go.
A BIT Filled a skip already. Will take a pick of
progress so far at the weekend. I can't do anymore of the garden untill Friday, hope it's fine.
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Old 15-03-2012, 12:38 AM
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A BIT Filled a skip already. Will take a pick of
progress so far at the weekend. I can't do anymore of the garden untill Friday, hope it's fine.
One good bonfire would sort it out...
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Don't remember planting this though
I love this pic reminds,me how,much I miss my chooks they are such funny things, I used to have a bag of open compost weighing down my flimsy plastic greenhouse and the chickens loved laying in it! Had been known to find a few eggs in there lol
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Old 15-03-2012, 4:38 PM
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Love the picture of the hen too - such a lovely sunny spot - could do with a sit down somewhere sunny meself...

WEll, I have finally done some sowing, WOOHOO!! Made to the garden centre yesterday to finally buy some compost - had been putting it off because I always seem to have the baby and was hoping to do it without him. But finally bit the bullet and was struggling along with the buggy and the trolley with compost when a lovely member of staff found me, took the trolley and did the rest. Bliss.

However, it occurred to me this afternoon as I started reading the back of my seed packets how little I actually know about all this stuff. Erm..how many should I plant?? We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 under 3..I have no idea how many pea plants is too many, peppers, radishes, etc. etc. I don't really want to end up with loads and loads of stuff, I was kinda planning on one or two plants for ourselves, eg. cucumber, courgette, and an extra one or two to give to friends but really peas/beans no clue at all! Anyone who could shed light on what I'm looking at in terms of yield, would be my hero for the day!

And on the packets, loads of things say to sow in April but I know all of you have planted stuff, does it matter?? Presume I can stick them in and then they'll be ok if they're warm enough.

Also hadn't thought through where I'm actually going to put all this stuff while it's germinating, trays of little pots of compost and 2 year olds may not mix...

And finally, lots of my seed packets didn't say how deep so I just took a stab at it and stuck them in ....please say this will work.

mrbadexample, have you put the raspberries in yet? :-)
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Old 15-03-2012, 5:49 PM
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loving the sunbathing hen
lilyjune, other people will have much better advice but i would just plant what seems too much and it will probably bethe right amount or even not enough!

Window ledge garden is doing okay, time the toms went into their own pots. The two pepper plants from last year are loving the sunny weather, they now have half a dozen peppers growing between them and loads of flowers.
On saturday I will see how the three week old carrots, beets and parsnips are doing and sow more carrots, onions and raddishes. Also need to put loads of seedlings into bigger pots. Time is of the essence so come rain or shine, it all needs to get done

I found out this week that I have a job for when I graduate So I will move in with my OH in Hertfordshire and go on the allotment list there. There are loads of sites around the village and the waiting lists are 0-18 months so I could have my own allotment this time next year
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Rule of thumb for sowing seed, cover it with the same depth of compost/soil as the size of the seed. So for broad beans, about an inch of soil and for celery, barely a covering at all and will germinate with none.
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Rule of thumb for sowing seed, cover it with the same depth of compost/soil as the size of the seed. So for broad beans, about an inch of soil and for celery, barely a covering at all and will germinate with none.
Fabulous Sambucus Nigra, thank you for that. I may have not done too badly after all. Stuck the broad beans down quite well and the peppers and tomatoes not too far at all. Will see what happens now!
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lilyjune, other people will have much better advice but i would just plant what seems too much and it will probably bethe right amount or even not enough!
Thanks adelight, I will probably sow a few more than what I've done. I'm waiting to do quite a bit outside once I get my beds going. I'm just a bit wary of having heaps and heaps and not being able to do anything with it as we have no freezer
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Rule of thumb for sowing seed, cover it with the same depth of compost/soil as the size of the seed. So for broad beans, about an inch of soil and for celery, barely a covering at all and will germinate with none.
Ah....that could be why some of my seeds don't seem to have done much. I suspect they might need potholing gear to get out.
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mrbadexample, have you put the raspberries in yet? :-)
If you mean "have you bought the raspberries yet?" then the answer is no.
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Well my chillis are going well and most of my tomatoes seem to be too-one very small seedling compared to the others that I think I might have to put out of it's misery. I planted some new chilli seeds 2 weeks ago-Wenks hot yellow. I planted 6 but only 2 have germinated. This is the worst germination rate I've had for chillis so I'm quite disappointed by that. Also, none of my broad beans or runner beans have come up, I think the greenhouse is just too cold, despite the instructions and books I've got saying they would be fine in an unheated greenhouse I have a busy weekend this weekend and next, but then I'm off work for 2weeks so will have chance to have a good go in the garden. But this weekend I do want to try and get the potatoes planted and dig a bean trench ready for my next try of broad & runner beans...wish me luck!
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