Latest posts by Bookertoo

What is your weather like?

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 10:37

Hard frost here in Nottingham area, but bright and sunny - nice if you stay indoors!

Old Sunflower Seeds

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 15:36

Sow them, what have you got to lose?  I've grown excellent plants from very old seeds, some do indeed deteriorate, but most go on for ages - Nature wastes little.

Finally, I have made a decision ...

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 20:00

Don't even try - you'll spoil the experience!   We went a few years ago, it was one of the best shows ever - do enjoy to the fullest.  Maybe take cash and nit a credit card? That can help re too much spending - but maybe we don't want to be helped really!!

Greening the grey: How to tackle the front garden of flats?

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:49

So does pyracantha!! 

Finally, I have made a decision ...

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:48

Well, it's only February - plenty of time for some winter weather yet, so no need to really pin yourself down to what and where - except that many of the best seeds or plants are beginning to go.   I love this time, when I can plan away, forgetting what is already in the ground, or in the pots, so end up double planting (often), sowing enough for a ¾ of an acre for my not very big garden, jamming things into pots and generally having a lovely time.  Then there are garden shows - and surely there is room for one more hosta, one more fuchsia - so that's another couple of pots, and the grass is disappearing - and there are lily bulbs arriving that I had forgotten I had ordered ……….  indeed, an obsession, but there are worse ones to have I guess.  

Weights measures and terminology

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 22:34

A large pot cannot be moved by one person, unless you are using a JCB or a wheeled pot mover and two large strong people  A medium pot can be moved by one gardener, but not far if full of compost, a small one can be popped around the garden as and when you choose - but then, so can a large one if you choose to do so!!  How long is a piece of string? As long as it needs to be to just fail to do the job you had hoped it would - or maybe not ………..

A pot is a container when you feel the shape suggests something different from a flower pot shape - or not, maybe. If you have to make a hole in it rather than it coming with one it might be a container, or worn out wellies, or if it had something else in it before the compost it might be a container - or a pot if it was a saucepan …...

One bean makes five, or fifty five if you plant them well.

Ask God, I suggest as many as they choose, are you going to argue with the angels??


Raspberry and Gooseberry Canes

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 16:07

Keep them moist, dry roots do no-one any good, but not soaked.  While it is still so dark and cold they are not going to be happy planted out.  When it is possible, then cover with a nice warm thick layer of mulch to cosset them for their early days.  Enjoy. 

pancake day

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:49

I think every Tuesday should be pancake day - maybe Verdun is right - don't cut down his doughnuts, or I'll feel guilty and have to cut down mine!!

Bug identification!

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:46

The tiny little black or keel slugs are almost certainly the culprits - they really are the ones to try and deal with  -  the favourite foods of the big slugs that we all hate, is little slugs, so we shouldn't worry about them - but we don't like them around so tend to wreak war on them, when it is the tiny underground ones that are munching the roots.  As ever in gardening, nothing is quite what it seems to be!!!


Is it ok to heavily prune Vibernum tinus now?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:42

I chopped down my 10 foot high viburnum ( it had the viburnam beetle all over it),  to ground level all in one go - with the idea of getting the roots out later on.  Of course I didn't and the new stems (so far beetle free, but I don't expect that to last) are about a foot high.  Therefore I suggest you do what you like it will recover!!

I also chopped to ground level a laurel hedge that was at the front of our house when we bought it 19 years ago.  It was not possible to get the roots out due to a wall, pavement and busy road.  Every time I saw new leaves I cut them off- - yes, it is still trying to come back. Quite amazing after all tis time - I'm almost emptied to let it after all it's efforts, but won't because I really, really dislike laurel!  Ditto 'Rose of Sharon' which I also removed but which still comes back, not only where it was 19 years ago, but in several new places as well  -  and believe me, I've not planted any!  Some plants are just determined - usually the ones you don't want of course - the list of those I'd like to behave like that is quite long - sigh, that's gardening for you huh?  Got to love it ……….

Discussions started by Bookertoo

What the ?*******? is doing this?

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watch out, watch out ……..

…… lily beetle about 
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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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Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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For whom do we garden .............

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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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Flippin' pigeons

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