Latest posts by fidgetbones

Corydalis - as per Monty last night

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 12:26

I have bought these in the past and lost them same season. They prefer acidic  peaty soil.  Garden centres have loads in flower in the spring to catch the unwary. The colour is gorgeous.

Bishop of Auckland dahlia buds won't open

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 21:41

Unopened dahlia buds are flat like buttons. Once they have flowered they go pointed and squidgy.  You need to deadhead regularly to keep the flowers coming.  The flowers in the second photo look like they have already flowered and on the way to seed heads.

Young Penstemons

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 07:58

Pot them on, leave all the top growth, put in cold frame until Spring. When new shoots start growing in Spring, trim the plants down and then plant out.

Hedgerow Rehabilitation

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 07:56

First you need to clear the area and sort out underlying problems. Is the flooding a long standing problem?    ie is there a ditch there or has one been filled in? Ivy in a hedge does not usually kill it. I have Ivy in a hawthorn and holly hedge.  Holly and hawthorn can be clipped hard and will come back from neglect in a year or two. If there is too much Ivy, cut it off at floor level, and let it die off before pulling out.

 If it is all dead, then clear out all the roots, add soil conditioner such as compost and some bonemeal and replant with young plants about a foot apart.  If it is a long hedge, then match in with what you have got. If it is all of the hedge, you can choose something different. Maybe variegated holly plants, again a foot apart, wtll knit together to form a dense hedge.

Top 1/3rd of sweetcorn has no kernels

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 21:34

I grow in a block around 8 plants square planted 15 inches apart.  The ones on the edge never pollinate as well as the ones in the middle.  When the anthers are shedding pollen, I tap the individual plants with a cane gently, to aid pollen dispersal.  This years cobs have been superb. I think we had sun and rain at the right points this year.


Posted: 14/09/2017 at 21:30

Pick them off . You can either drop them in salt water or relocate to a patch of waste ground to grow on.

Tomato Bell Pepper Hybrid??

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 21:23

It looks like one of the plum tomatoes like San Marzano. They have less seeds and thicker flesh than usual tomatoes.

Muck Boots

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 21:58

I bought Muck Boots at Chatsworth show to replace my huntress green wellies that leak. I find them a bit tight on the calves and hard to get off.

Couldn't be further from gardening - earworm issues

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 21:56

Ribena advert

dooby do, dooby do, dooby do.

Can you Compost Conifer trimmimngs ?

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 08:43

Yes. If they have been shredded, mix them up with grass cuttings (beg off neighbours if you have to. ) You may need to do a double mix. Ie mix the shreddings with an equal quantity of grass cuttings. Let it heat up and cool down.  The pile will shrink in size. Then mix the pile up with another equal quantity of grass cuttings.  Conifer shreddings take longer to compost than softer stuff like elder or buddleja, but it makes a good mulch for under shrubs when you have done.

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