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Latest posts by Bookertoo

Digging a vegetable Plot

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 10:15

Land - and plants - are very fogiving, you did a good job as far as you knew.  All you neded to do is (sorry) dig again, and bury the grassy sods grass down, under the soil.  All will be well, and to be honest, evern if you didn't do this, in a year or two it would all be the same - but you can't work on it while you wait.  So, if you have the strength and want to do it, get digging, and you will still have time to plant vegetables.  This year is running late due to the horrd winter and early spring, so go for it - and trust the earth, it knows best and will forgive you nearly anything except a cncrete mixer!!  Enjoy. 

Plants should be grown, not ripped out of forrest's.

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 10:11

Exactly, if you or I were to go and commit such a crime, we would be in deep trouble - and rightly so - but just because it is Chelsea, they seem to be abe to do what they like.  Disgusting.  I wasn't going anyway, but this would be one of the many reasons why I wouldn't. 

Moving delphiniums at the wrong time

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 10:09

Topbird, if the men in white coats were to come when people talked to their plants they'd have th asylums overflowing with gardeners!!  How else do you get to tell them when they are doing good, or when they need encouragement or even a touch of downright bullying?  Besides, I hear that they don't wear white coats any more - oh - maybe thay have already been and this is the asylum!!!


Posted: 20/05/2013 at 10:05
witch wrote (see)

They have been in pots in the window box , yes it is faily big , and they still look lovely ,,thanx one and all ,     window needs some cleaning too Bookertoo

Oh dear, surely no-one cleans windiws when there is gardening to do?  It must be said that I hate all forms of housework, and windows come at the lowerst point of that - keep growing the plants and no-one, including you, will see the window!!

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 22:26

Hi Lorraine, my red cedar greenhouse is now around 15 years old, it gets the very occasional slap of timber seal stuff, but the reality of red cedar is that basically it doesn't need much care and maintenance.  I bought it at a garden show for delivery later in the year so got a very good eal - there are always deals around if you look for them I suspect.    It is not only the greenhouse where I grow things, and keep overwintered things  - it is heated in winter to justy above freezing for tenderish things - it is my bolthole for wet and mizzy times.  I feel a wooden one lends itself more to that, but I'm sure I would learn to love any other just as much if that is what I had.



Posted: 18/05/2013 at 22:20

Agreed, but the origianl poster did say the polyanthus were going to be planted in the garden after blooming in the window box.  I have had a chuckle at the size of window box required to get around and plant around - wow, that is indeeed some window ................

How do I encourage vigorous roots?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 22:19

Never made out why and who gets reported for what - the whole thing is a mystery!  Meantime we will go on talking and trying to help each other with our questions and entertaining each other with garden talk.  Enjoy that. 

Attract blue tits

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 22:17

If you can, try making yur own fat balls.  Many of the commercial ones are full of bone dust and saw dust (I kid you not), and they are so easy to make and so much more nutricious.  I buy 500 gr packs of cheap lard or dripping, melt it, then add chopped peanuts, dried insects, seeds of all and any kind, bits of fruit - whatever is available.  I set it in small drink bottles with the cap ends cut off, then cut the bottle off (it can still be recycled), and place that into fat ball feeder or any other feeder it will fit.  The birds love it and I know they are getting good stuff  -  there also is not so much waste as they eat it all, rahter than dropping the rubbish they can't eat rom the commercial ones. One warning though, squirrels love it too, so if you have those, you may need to think about what feeder to use to keep them away. 

Red Bugs on my fritillaria imperialis

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 19:28

In fact all my lilies are grown in pits and are thus separated from the rest of the plants and insects - I did it once when we went to America and knew I would come back to 100 black sticky sticks and nothing else - usually it is just the tea strainer!!

getting rid of ground elder

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 19:26

wow, so bramble killer works?  That is good news, though at the moment there are so many things growing alonside of the ground elder that I feel I can't do that now - but certainly something to remember. 

I do agree that bramble and bindweed worse, there was someone on here who had a way of training the bindweed up canes then covering with a plastic bottle and spraying hard with weedkiller - seemed to work.  So far - very little of that and still hand removable, tho' not always maybe.   Where do brambles come from when there is nothing related to them growing hereabouts? Suppose they same way as all self seeded things, birds and mice etc.

Discussions started by Bookertoo

Odd corrections?

Use of the English language! 
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Happy seasons greetings to all

Be joyful 
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squirrels and their cleverness

the unending bane of my life 
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frosted lilies

any advice? 
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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
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Hazel nut queries

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