Latest posts by Bookertoo

Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:42

Add  a chopped cooking apple to the fruit, usually helps with set - though pectin in quite OK - after all, that is what is in the apple!  Our grandmothers would have jumped at it, the didn't use it because it was not available, but would have done given half the chance. 

Is this Russian Vine dead?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:39

Let's hope so!!

lilly tree

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:58

As above, birds also will peck soft leaves. From the level of growth that you describe, I'd take a bet on slugs. Use safe slug pellets that will not harm wild life, or any other treatment for slugs that you prefer. 

Water Butt Issues

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 11:13

Add another butt to the overflow pipe once you have cleared it.  Probably dead leaves or other debris blocked it.  We run 2 together and it works well.

Cherry Tree

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 11:12

They are probably thirsty - and it is not so soon for leaves under pressure to think about dropping to preserve their strength for next year.  Leave well alone (sorry for the awful pun!)

can they live in pots?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 18:18

You can grow anything in a pot, but you must then do all for the plants that they woful do for themselves in the open ground.   Some winter protection with fleece will help the rots not to freeze come winter.  I'd suggest a mixture of John Innes 2 and organic multipurpose compost, with vermiculite to open it for drainage.  

help to identify

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:58

Hmm, if this is an intelligence test, I've failed - again!!

Trailing hanging basket plants

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:55

I think you are right Tetley, and as several folk have said, it doesn't like full direct sun.  Lots of water, as with all baskets, I use a quarter strength seaweed feed every time I water, after the first soak at the end of the day.  Works for me. 

Need an I.D on this please

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:51

Hardy geraniums, in all sorts of colours and sizes, are just about taking over in my garden - and very welcome they are too.  Easy to rejuvenate with a cut back, the leaves are pretty, they smother just about all weeds - and good things too if you don't keep an eye on them.  They also come in such a variety of sizes, I have a magenta one sharing a frame with a  pale clematis and both are currently around 4 foot high, with a little one, about 6 inches high, a paler magenta, at the base - gorgeous. 

Overgrown fuchsia. Too late to prune them?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 20:06

Better later but better now than not at all.  Fuchsia are incredibly forgiving.

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watch out, watch out ……..

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Odd corrections?

Use of the English language! 
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Happy seasons greetings to all

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out of season plants

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