Latest posts by Fairygirl

New hedge

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 19:36

About 3 feet (90 cm) would be the best size to get. They establish well at that height, and if you prepare the site well before planting them, they'll grow well even in the first year. Big plants, even hedging whips of vigorous growers, are harder to get going. 

If you're worries about the openness of the site ( I understand that only too well) you could erect a simple fence of posts and chicken wire, or similar, and plant behind or in front of it. 

Tomatoes rotting

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 18:53

Inconsistent watering is the usual cause Giovanni. Leaving plants until they look like they need a watering is the best method, but it's also important to simply try and stick to whatever regime you've started with.  

Lack of calcium is a factor sometimes,  but watering is the most common reason. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 14:36

I have two thingies upstairs T'bird  - of the daughter variety....

Right - the garden awaits and I have birds to watch and tea to drink...err, I mean I have planting to do....

Black garden after Evergreen 4 in 1.

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 14:33

Yes, you've seeded far too soon. The weedkiller won't have been washed through yet and that affects germination. If you're going to water, water thoroughly for an hour, then leave it for  several days. Watering lightly will do nothing for the grass.

It needs to recover, and I certainly wouldn't start putting any more 'stuff' on the grass. 

I'm afraid it comes down to a very simple solution - read the instructions before using weedkillers, feeds etc. These products all contain a lot of chemicals. Used correctly, they work without any problem. Used incorrectly - they cause damage. 

Aphids,ladybirds and

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 14:25

Washing up liquid is full of salt  - that's how it gets all the crud off your dishes. It can do a lot of damage  to tiny insects like ladybirds. A squirt of water from the hose, or from a small bottle with a squirty top, is the best solution for a heavy infestation, which can cause an issue during spring and early summer when fresh new growth appears, but attracting predators will help demolish them  

If you start feeding the birds now as Mark describes, they'll keep coming back. I have to fill my seed feeder every couple of days just now as the sparrows and blue tits, in particular, are constantly eating. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 14:12
Dovefromabove says:

 Bing Bong = TV doofer ............. doesn't everyone call it that? 

See original post

 Aah - you mean the 'thingy' Dove...  

Hosta - that pic made me laugh too. Does he have something to hand for 'throwing out' when he doesn't get his way, or is that just when he's in the pram?    What a giant f*d the man is. I'll translate that later for anyone who needs it....

Lovely pix BL. 

Rain's gone off here now - it was wet till mid/late morning. We had to resort to eating shortbread to keep us going at work. Been one of those weeks  

I might  get some bits and bobs done outdoors. Clematis to  plant here too. They're itching to get out their pots. 'His Lordship' ( three pots)  is residing under the perspex to keep all the rain off, so I might allow him out properly for a while 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 08:05

Morning all/afties Pat if you're about 

Are you a little grumpy this morning Hosta?   

Can't say I blame you. Pigs have more consideration I'd reckon.....

Slightly concerned about what 'Bing Bog'  is, Dove....

You mean - Trumpy's not making everything great again?    But he said he would and we'all believed him. We trusted him - he's so genuine and up front. A great guy folks, great guy....

Are you a bit sleepy still chicky?    Lovely pic. 

It's Friday - hurrah. Feel as though I've done 90 hours work this week. Why are people so hopeless and disorganised?  Better go - have a great day everyone, whatever the politics...err... I mean the weather.

Very poor conditions but want to turf

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 07:57

That's a lot of soil you're going to need Gareth. Hope you have a big bank balance! 

What kind of area in total are you looking at? 

What NOT to put in the compost bin...

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 20:17

I wouldn't add things like bindweed, as they can regenerate so easily, and 'home' compost bins don't often get hot enough to kill everything. Brambles are the same, and also very tough so I think I'd leave those out too.

Anything which regenerates very easily from little bits of root would be the ones to avoid.  You can leave some of the more stubborn ones (dandelions, buttercups etc) out in the sun to shrivel up completely before adding them, but I tend not to put those in either, just to be on the safe side    

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 20:12

Good luck with that mrichmond. It seems to be a common occurrence I'm afraid.

I would never buy anything from them apart from seeds, and that's only occasionally.

Looking at some of the other posts here - I find it odd that people continually go back to a company if the service is so poor. Plenty of other suppliers out there to choose from. 

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