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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Aquilegias - so plumptious

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 08:32

I'm getting excited as I have a lot of new ones I grew from Touchwood seed, that should flower for the first time this year. Nothing open yet, only buds.

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 08:17

I find fresh seed taken off my own plants germinates a lot quicker than overdried packet seed.


Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:05

Windy here all day. The cheap Lidl arch next door with akebia growing over it has collapsed.

It was bin day so there is rubbish blowing all over the place.

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 18:02

I took seed off a plant that had overwintered but not been cut down. I sprinkled it on compost three weeks ago and pricked the seedlings out today. They will flower later on in the year, probably august or september.   If you have seed , sow it now.

moving aquilegias

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 11:56

Wait until it finishes flowering, cut it down, and then move with as much of the root ball as possible.  Water in well. It should soon resprout.


Mark the one you want to move. It will die down in winter to a fleshy rootstock. As it starts to sprout in Spring, move it to where you want it and water it in well.


Posted: 05/05/2015 at 11:15

Well, I started digging. Then it started raining so I retreated to greenhouse and pricked out some aquilegia seedlings, and Verbena bonariensis seedlings, and what I think are Amaranthus of some sort. Then the wind got up so I've come back in.

Poldark it is then.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 09:10

Heavy rain overnight. That should cut down the watering a bit.  I planted 63 broad bean plants and 90 gladioli on Friday, in alternate rows. It worked well last year. When the broad beans have finished, the gladioli take over.

Saturday, I sowed the courgettes, mini cucumber, and giant pumpkin seeds.

Yesterday I sowed runner beans, climbing french beans, sweetcorn. 150 individual pots. All in next doors mouse proof conservatory until they sprout.

Today I intend to get the sweet pea plants in and tied to canes. Or I could watch the entire series of Poldark back to back while himself is in Manchester.

Volcanic Rock Dust the natural soil improver for grass lawns?

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 08:31

I have used most of a tonne bag on my veg plot over the last two years. The old bit was free draining sand which is nutrient hungry. I am on a slope. Water drains through the  sand until it hits the clay, runs downhill and comes up in the greenhouse. The new bit was a poor mix of clay and or shale. I restored it with a mix of a lot of fym and rock dust. I am aiming for a nutrient retaining loam. I have had excellent veg results, and the flowers I grow in the veg patch for cutting. The biggest difference was with onions, which were larger and stored better. I used it because I want my home grown veg to be as nutrient dense as I can make them.

I have not used it on grass. I dont treat my grass at all, it has various flowers in it, and solitary bees use it for nesting.

Wisteria not flowering

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:33

Unlikely. Its probably more likely the pruning regime.


Posted: 03/05/2015 at 23:52

Where are you baza.? Mike is in London.  Oop here in the North Midlands its a lot colder.

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