Latest posts by fidgetbones

Moth Orchids - Cutting back old stems

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 11:06

If you feel down the stem until you come to a nobbly bit, that is where a new flowering shoot will come from. Cut just above it.  Orchid compost is fairly inert. I don't repot, just add baby bio orchid feed when I give it a weekly soak.

Can anyone identify this...

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 22:14

Looking a lot like a young Salvia Amistad.   If it overwintered, it may be taking its time coming up to flower. Young cuttings overwintered in a greenhouse and then planted out flower earlier than  older plants overwintered outside.

Plum problem

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 22:07

Use plum moth pheromone traps in Spring. That helps cut down a lot of the plum moth larvae that are eating your plums.

 Pick up all diseased plum and bin or burn them, not in your compost heap.

Hang a few fat balls  in the branches over winter. The tits searching among the branches remove a lot of insects.

Over grown, old garden

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:14

Nice man shed.

Conference pear

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:13

Gently cup the pear in your hand and lift it. If it is ready it will come off. Then store for a day or two to ripen to lusciousness.

Last edited: 18 August 2017 19:13:15

What variety is this old pear tree

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 20:04

Different pears are ripe at different times.  Beth and Williams ripen early, conference later.  One of the experts at a Fruit day may be able to identify it for you.  See RHS gardens for details.

Malformed & diseased potatoes

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 19:56

It sounds like eelworms. They burrow into the potatoes and leave hollow brown bits.

Fascinated by Fasciation

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 15:29

Quite fascinating , Hostafan.

Flowering now on next years raspberry canes

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 15:27

Let them fruit. In winter cut the cane to just below where it fruited. It will send out side shoots which will fruit next summer.

Resurrected Twenty-Two

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 21:32

Comfort pure makes me itch like I've got fleas. Not a good look. I use Persil non bio, extra water wash, and some things get an extra rinse cycle as well.  I've been using a cream made with natural oils like almond oil instead of mineral oil (liquid paraffin).

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