Latest posts by Fairygirl

Hose (under tap mud problem)

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 17:23

You might simply need to renew the hose fittings Ben, they can wear out after prolonged use  - or it may be something as simpler as a washer needing replaced if it's the tap leaking rather than the hose. 

I'd also recommend replacing the grass directly below your tap with a bit of paving or gravel to help with any leaks. No mess then! 

Inconsistency with Nasturtium seed germination.

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 17:18

Nasturtiums are one of those plants where nothing much is gained by individual sowing into pots. Sown direct, they'll germinate and grow on just as quickly as ones which are planted out. Saves a lot of faffing!  

potted veg

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 17:14

The plastic growhouses don't offer much protection compared with proper greenhouses , so I'd keep them as they are for a bit longer Pondman. Once you move them into the next size pot, they should be ready to get hardened off a bit by putting out there.

It does depend on your own climactic conditions though - the weather can be rough and cold during April and toms need a decent nighttime temperature to thrive 


Posted: 05/04/2016 at 17:09

One piece of advice I'd offer you is to put a mitred edge round the planter Sophie. It hides all the 'joins' and finishes it all off neatly.


I finished all my raised beds the same way  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 07:59

Morning all/afties Pat. Still raining here - think the birds are staying in bed but I might be able to tempt them with a little leftover pastry from older fairylet's lemon meringue pie she made yesterday. She made a tiny one for me to taste test  

i'd take a sleeping bag never mind blankets clari   Hope you're feeling well enough for all that malarkey.

I've got very few windowsills too chicky - I can't afford to get carried away. The sweet peas are in the growhouse to give them a few weeks of weather protection until they sprout and get a bit of growth. Sowing direct in April doesn't pay off really weather wise, so it gives them a head start. 

Off to work soon too so have a good day everyone 

Japanese anenome

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 07:52

As Verd says - as long as you have a decent rootball, as with most plants, they're fine. Mine seed and I find moving them into a pot if they're in an inconvenient spot, and then planting at a reasonable size is also fine. Deadhead thoroughly before they seed though, if you don't want loads of them!

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 20:01

Ooh err Dove - to the pigeon and the PMs  

Ugly patio!

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 19:53

Usually a dry mix of one cement to three sand will be fine. Just brush it into the gaps between the paving. 

If you listen to the Archers ....

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 19:51

As someone who doesn't listen to the Archers but knows of the storyline, please support this cause and also support anyone who you think might be in this position.

I also heard the latest on the evening news, and, as someone who has stood with the knife in her hand, I know how it feels when you can't take any more and you're seconds away from making the biggest mistake of your life. That's when I knew I had to get out and I did. 

I was lucky - not everyone is. 

Clematis advise

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 19:04

Have you refreshed the soil in the pot each year Marc? ie - removing an inch or two and replacing with some fresh compost. A little B, F&B mixed in with that is always beneficial.

The plant will quickly use up all the nutrients in the existing medium so it's something you should do every year with anything planted long term in a pot. Especially a flowering plant.  

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