Latest posts by fidgetbones

Soaking grass

Posted: 07/11/2017 at 19:43

I think it would be easier to build drains in the soil about 2 ft down, carry the water into a drain.

Escallonia cutting/layer

Posted: 07/11/2017 at 08:45

Unless you are going to put in a a protected greenhouse or cold frame, it will be safer in the ground until Spring. Lifting it will inevitably damage some roots, in cold weather when it is dormant, rot may set in. In Spring, it can actively outgrow damage.

clearing weeds from allotment

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 19:32

Frost will kill annual weeds but not perennials such as docks. Fork out any roots as you go, then any cleared area, pile on the manure. The worms will take it down over the winter. You will then be able to give a quick fork over in Spring , incorporating any left, and then plant. Do not manure anywhere you want to plant carrots next year, or they will fang.

Individual wild flower seeds

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 16:21

Chiltern seeds have a comprehensive wild flower list.

Cat scarer extrordinaire

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 15:46

Maybe you should try Dragons Den.


Posted: 01/11/2017 at 11:10

Best way to avoid blight is to grow blight resistant varieties. Look for the Sarpo prefix. Most of the major seed merchants now have them.

Sage Leaves being decimated

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 10:49

No, they just hibernate in the leaf litter and come out in Spring.

Orchid roots

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 09:15

A little misting of the roots with rainwater in a hand sprayer is often beneficial.  The orchid house at Kew and the one in Singapore I have just visited have a lot of roots hanging out and they get misted frequently.

Taking sedum leaf cuttings

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 07:19

A lot of succulents will produce roots from bits that drop off. I have trouble with vine weevils with echeveria, which chomp on the roots. The tops often fall off and the old roots rot. I have had the tops on a bench in the greenhouse with no soil whatsoever for the winter, and in Spring they start to produce roots and then I pot them into fresh gritty compost. Most sedums I split in Spring. Mr Goodbud at a year old split into six quite easily, in March(just as the new shoots are emerging) potted on and grew and flowered as good size plants the same year.

ANother ident please!

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 15:32

looks a bit like a verbascum.

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