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Latest posts by Bookertoo

jeyes fluid

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:04

Pressure washer good idea, but not between the cracks where you have the thyme etc., is this really the best place for your dogs to be I wonder?  Maybe an area further in the garden would be a better place for them to have a play and explore area? Mind, that very much depends upon the size of your garden.  Anyway, it is yours not mine so of course you do as you wish.  You can use orgainic cleansers for your patio without harming your plants, quite alot of choices on line. 

Mystery plants

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:01

I have both the basic dark leaved and the golden lycesteria in pots (now there is a surprise) where they remain well controlled but still have those wonderful flower tassels to enjoy.

Hazel nut queries

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 21:23

Two years ago we bought two  named hazel nut trees, and planted them up.  They are now strong healthy looking young trees, which bore a few nuts last year, and there are signs of a few to come this year.

My question is this, how do I prune them to encourage more fruiting next year, and in the following years?  They cannot be allowed to get too tall due to the place in which they are - but I know I have seen highly productive hazel hedges so that should not be a problem, if only I knew how to set about it.  Any help would be greatly welcomed. 

Paint to make a Cardboardbox a Watertight Trough as seen on programme

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 21:18

Yes, we have some hypertufa ones still going strong after a good few years.  We also coated some old sinks with it, that is now coming off and needs replacing, but has lasted at least 10 years if not longer.

They are a bit of a fiidle to make, but not that much, two supported boxes, one inside the other and the cement peat mix between the two - if making a big one some chicken wire in the mixture helps to hold it in place.  Good, effective, inexpensive way of making expensive looking troughs.

There are almost certainly some websites available with the proper way of doing it, and equally probably some charity shops have dear Geoff's books in stock - I would not be without mine, my gardening hero was Geoff, still is I suppose

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 21:13

Mine are about 3 - 4 foot high, should be 6 foot by now,  very strong and healthy looking but very late due to darkness and wet.  I'll just leave them alone and see - if we get some late summer we may still get sweet peas, who knows yet!

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 21:09

Time and patience, for this dark wet summer it is early yet - you never know, we may get a decent late summer.   If so, you will be surprised how things will catch up.  This is not, in spite of what you might be reading, the first dark wet summer we have ever had - and usually, given a chance, things do catch up. 

Clematis Rhapsody

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 17:16

Indeed you are so right gardening grandma, I took to examining the gorgeous cflematis (and other plant) displays I saw at garden shows, rather more closely than perhaps I was supposed to.  The beautiful displays did indeed have anything from 4 - 8 plants per pot - no wonder mine looked skimpy in comarison.  Also, most of us try to grow just about everything we can, and clematis will be part of that, whereas many nurseries of course concentrate on the plants they are wishing to grow and sell.  Always good people from whm to ask advice though, as they have superior knowledge, even if for only the plant(s) in which they specialise. 

Is Vermiculite dangerous

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 17:12

gerrya -  isn't it interesting how different people have different experiences with the same thing?  I have always found that, for me, perlite is the one that deteriorates and goes to powder inthe compost, wheras vermiculite remains inert for donkeys years!!  Guess it doesn't really matter, neither appears to be made in a chemical laboratory and that will do for me, meanwhile we will stick to the product we know best.  Happy, albeit very wet, gardening to all - with perlite or vermiulite as the fancy takes you. 

no apples!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:16

We had the most wonderfulm erfumed and incredible show of apple blossom this year, then it was bitter cold and there was not a pollinator insight!! Had I been a bee I would have stayed indoors too - lack of pollinators in poor weather is the cause of reduced fruit set this year. 

Plant Identification

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:14

indeed, they are pretty hard to kill, though I did lose one in the bitter winter of 18 months ago!!

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