Latest posts by fidgetbones

bougainvillea Pruning

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 15:20

Assuming you are in UK, prune in Spring. Keep on the dry side and frost free over winter. Tropical areas with no frost, they can be pruned at any time.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 15:16

Has anyone got this heatwave? Its warm and muggy and cloudy here.

Nice to sit outside and drink coffee, but hardly bikini weather.

A couple of questions from complete beginner

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 22:56

Garden centres have kale plants in to plant now, and spring cabbage.

 You can sow overwintering broad beans such as aquadulce claudia.

If you have a greenhouse or cold frame you can sow  sweet peas. They do not need heat over winter. If you have a heated greenhouse, sow in Feb, then grow on cold. They soon catch up on autumn sown ones, flowering maybe a fortnight later.

If you can get a copy of John Seymours, the self sufficient gardener, it is pretty comprehensive for a large garden.

The RHS encyclopedias are good as well.

Apple tree

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 22:49

RHS has apple days around the country at placed like Harlow Carr and Wisley and Rosemoor. If you take two or three example apples, they can usually identify them.

or try this book

Wood ash

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 20:38

Depends on whether you are burning broken up treated wood pallets, or old window frames, or wooden logs. If it has been treated, I would bin it. If it is untreated logs, then sprinkle around your fruit trees or mix in the compost heap.


Posted: 12/09/2016 at 20:35

I bet the camera crew do allright for veg.

What to plant in a difficult site.

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 20:24

Hellebores do well under an oak. Slugs don't seem to bother the leaves, but sometimes attack the flowers. Also pulmonarias, and hardy geraniums with hairy leaves that the slugs don't like.

Poor apple crop

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 11:29

Assuming it is not a tip bearer(were all the blossoms at the end of branches?), All new shoots should be cut back now to two thirds. I did all mine a fortnight ago. This encourages fruiting spurs.

Is this a butternut squash plant?!? (And how to care for it...)

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 09:50

It looks more like a boston squash.  They get bigger than a butternut, and make good soup if you don't want to bother with curing the skin for storage.

please help to identify

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 09:33

Looks rather like one of the amaranthus family. If it flowers it would be easier to identify.

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