Latest posts by fidgetbones

Cut dahlias

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:43

The big one is cafe au lait. Very late flowering. Dinner plate size flower.

Compost vs manure as mulch?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:38

Just check that the horses have not been fed on hay which has been treated with Clopyralid. If the hay field was treated with it, the horses eat it and it persists in the manure for three years or more.   Weed killer contamination can cause devastation in your garden.

what qualities do you need to be a good gardener

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:32

I have a signed copy of a book by Geoffrey Smith. A friend bought it for me when I was about 20. When she asked him to dedicate it to me, he asked how old I was. He also said I must have lots of patience. No. I still get impatient waiting for the seeds to germinate or a plant  to emerge in Spring. Patience is not one of my qualities. I want it NOW.

How do you know so much?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:25

Lots of books. lots of reading in Winter. Lots of mistakes in summer.

Cut dahlias

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:19

I think the hot water treatment is only for things with hollow stems.

I just put dahlias in cold water. That said, some last better than others. I find the doubles last better than the bishop single flowers series.

When is the wedding?


Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:12

I went down some caves in Western Australia. After Derbyshire caves I was expecting it to be cold. It was so hot I felt ill and couldn't breathe properly.

The weatherlady says next two weeks are going to be a heatwave. I would get the hosepipe out but it's drizzling here.

telegraph cucumbers very bitter

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 21:07

Have you picked off the male flowers?. Cucumbers that are pollinated are bitter. The female flowers have a small cucumber at the back. The male just have a knob. Pick them off or  grow F1 all female such as pepinex.

I nearly choked on my cornflakes

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 16:44

All except those that go psychotic after using it. 

Pruning a woody Penstemon

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 16:41

Take cuttings from non flowering shoots now, then trim back hard in spring. You may lose it but the cuttings will give you a backup plan.

Newbie here

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 13:26

Pick the caterpillars off and give the cabbages a blast with the hosepipe.

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Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
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What the chuff have you done to it? 
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Grow your own flowers for the house. 
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time limited special offers 
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Other papers have fantasy football, or fantasy portfolio. As we can't do much in our real gardens at this time of year, let us have a fantasy garden 
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any non religious ideas 
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We all like a bit of plant porn. 
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bananas from seed

has anyone achieved this? 
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