Pure Planet Community Gardening Club


Are you a keen gardener? Or someone who enjoys nature and the beautiful range of plants, flowers and animals around?

I was thinking it’d be great to have a place to share gardening hints, tips & tricks, as well as any photos of gardening achievements and your favourite plants (how annoying is it when you manage to grow some beautiful flowers but no one actually gets to see them!).



Gardening can also be a great way to help the environment and encourage biodiversity by including elements such as bug hotels (see the RSPB’s guide on how to build a bug hotel here), bee friendly plants and grass, and bird baths or feeders (a natural protector vs slugs instead of slug pellets!). Any tips for how to do these and/or encourage nature in our gardens?





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When its time to do some tiding up but somebody has other ideas.
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Lovely thread Nat, especially as we’re enjoying watching a lovely week of the Chelsea 👍🌺🌸🌹🌷🥀on tv right now.

​Great shot Jon 🐦👍👏
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This is a bug hotel at our country park, it’s called a “Bee and Bee” 🐝🐜🐞🦗🕷, great idea and school children on the trips there love it 👍

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If you want to see an amazing colour on your flowers have a look at Lychnis coronaria.
Photos don't (actually they are technically unable to) show the vibrancy.​

​I planted some and it died, only to find it growing wild around a tree a few hundred yards from where I live..
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Just this second watched my lovely blackbird taking full bath 🛁in smaller of two water bowls. I was in armchair and on life got soaked from all the splashing 😂👍💦💦💦💦but beyond idyllic and didn’t dare move! Slowly lifted iPad to get pic when he turned, water all up windows on life 💦💦💦😂😂😂😂😂💕💕💕💕. Magical that was! 🙏💕👍

Looks more like Bughingham Palace than a Bee and Bee to me! 🆒

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This is a bug hotel at our country park, it’s called a “Bee and Bee” ������������������������������, great idea and school children on the trips there love it ������

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Hee hee, very good Nat 👍😂👏.

I’ve booked in for the bank holiday weekend 😂😂😂, sharing with a 🐞and a 🐜😂😂😂😂

​Gets the kiddies interested tho, and it’s surrounded by little tree stumps they sit on 👍
Our little "air bee n bee" is very popular today in the sunshine. Many rooms now taken 🙂
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Inspired by all these posts to add to our garden.
My partner is the gardener, I'm the lawn mower, heavy labour, bag up and sift the composter x 3 bod!
The composter really make a difference on how things grow and not having to bin stuff.
Guess it will be another month or so before we see full blooms.

Lots of birds even though not a wide range of species, good to see sparrows recovering over the last few years.
Purchased another bird feeder a few weeks ago and the birds went no where near it.
I thought the perches were to small so extended by slotting rawl plugs over the top, still no luck even when it was full up and the other feeders empty. So filled it up with meal worm/shrimp stuff and within a few seconds the starlings arrived in a frenzy.. plus some smaller birds that never bothered before. Once empty, refilled with seeds and once again they go no where near it.
Think it must the light green colour not registering.. accept when it smells of food.
Weird.
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Beautiful photo Strutt! 👍👏👏👏👏👏
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The composter really make a difference on how things grow and not having to bin stuff. Guess it will be another month or so before we see full blooms.


Do you use coffee grounds? Apparently they're great for composting 😕 because they provide a source of nitrogen.
Also a great way to use them up instead of just throwing them out...

How strange the birds don't go to the feeder!
Have squirrels discovered it yet? You see them clambering up bird feeders.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sellxriGkeE

​aaaand falling back down!
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We get loads of 🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿, soooooooo agile! Fascinating to watch em!
My project this summer - getting our newly planted parsley as large as our (crazy) mint plant!

Herbs are so expensive to buy in shops 😕 and go off really quickly in the fridge if you buy a little packet.

I found tomatoes quite a lot of work to grow but actually herbs aren't so difficult so long as you get some good weather and seem worth it in the long-run.
Any other tips for growing herbs? Or fruit/veg for that matter?




(ps spot the incredibly pretty 'litter tray' garden feature in the background;)))
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Gorge Nat 👏👍and couldnt agree more re packs of herbs from supermarkets 👎. I buy loads, and quite expensive. I do tend to use all in one go for the very reason they go off too swift. If I don’t use all, especially basil, I put it in a sealed Tupperware with drop of water and it keeps it fresh for day or two but not long.
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If I don’t use all, especially basil, I put it in a sealed Tupperware with drop of water and it keeps it fresh for day or two but not long.


That's such a good tip, I've never heard of that one!

Sometimes I cut the herbs fresh and put them in the freezer, but somehow still doesn't lock in the flavour so well.

Have you ever tried growing your own?
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Once Nat, tried 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶. Let’s just say, Monty Don has nothing to fear 😂😂😂😂😂😂
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Can anyone help identify this plant, it has grown rather quickly,and now over 2 metres high
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Just this second watched my lovely blackbird taking full bath 🛁in smaller of two water bowls. I was in armchair and on life got soaked from all the splashing 😂👍💦💦💦💦but beyond idyllic and didn’t dare move! Slowly lifted iPad to get pic when he turned, water all up windows on life 💦💦💦😂😂😂😂😂💕💕💕💕. Magical that was! 🙏💕👍

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Ah I love blackbirds. There's one that waits for me every morning when I put the food out, she's quite tame. 💕
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Do you use coffee grounds? Apparently they're great for composting 😕 because they provide a source of nitrogen.
Also a great way to use them up instead of just throwing them out...

How strange the birds don't go to the feeder!
Have squirrels discovered it yet? You see them clambering up bird feeders.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sellxriGkeE

​aaaand falling back down!


Ha ha, this made me laugh!!
Hey @Duppy
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Can anyone help identify this plant, it has grown rather quickly,and now over 2 metres high


Not sure what this is - you can download a (free) app called iNaturalist. If you take a photo of this and submit it, it'll give you suggestions from a big database of what it is. Other members may also help identify it. 🆙

We've just put out a guest blog "growing green to clean the air" which chats all about the importance of plants, including (and especially) indoor ones for home and work.

Anyone have any tips on growing plants indoors? I find I often forget about them and the fact they need watering...:eek:

Here's a few pics of PP's office plants which luckily aren't looked after by me ;)


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I only have to look at a plant and it dies 🙄😂😂😂😂👎, so the only plant in my abode is this lovely little cactus 😂😂😂😂😂🌵. Gift from a friend some five years ago, and managed not to kill it! Sprayed it with Dettol all in one, by mistake yesterday, so fingers crossed 😳🤞. Such low maintenance! In fact, it’s NO maintenance 👏👍😂🙃

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I like his hat Bev 💖
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Absolute monsoon above all monsoons here today 🙀🙀🙀☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️OMG!

Captured Brian the 🐌on my balcony window, fascinating little creatures bless.

Coming up to that time of year again!

Has anyone been using the time in lockdown to get a spot of gardening done? Whether that's outdoor fruit/veg or indoor plants, would love to see how people are getting on at the start of the season!

We're about to plant some tomatoes 👍

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