Latest posts by fidgetbones

Potato harvest

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 17:55

earlys will be ready now. maincrop won't

Have they flowered yet? If they haven't flowered it is unlikely they will be ready. The only method is to have a gentle feel around the outside of the bags to see if you can feel the potatoes.

broab bean

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 16:56

Its called chocolate spot. Its caused by type of fungus called botrytis.  I get it sometimes if we have had a lot of damp humid weather.  Maximise air flow around plants by spacing well apart. There is  no spray available to amateurs. Do not compost infected stems, dispose of in  green bin or burn.

Philadelphus Bell Etoile pruning

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 16:51

Take out a third of the branches to the ground. Pick the thickest ones to prune out. Cut out any branches that rub against each other, it acts as an entry point for disease.  Trim the others back to new growth. That will be about a third of the way back on a flowered branch.  If you do that each year, you get a continual renewal of new wood from the base, and the flowers don't end up right at the top.

Cat poo in the onion patch

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 23:10

Yes, just wash them well before you take the outer skin off.  They won't be ready for harvesting yet, we will probably get plenty of rain before then. 

Try and string some black cotton over the area like a spiders web, to put the cat off.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 23:07

My freezer is currently full and still loads of raspberries, so I took my friend three pound. I ended up having to wash and bag them for her freezer. Having complained that I was lucky in having them for free, instead of 2 quid a punnet, she then complained there was too many.

Last edited: 05 July 2017 23:08:14

Hot Composting

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:29

I send perennial tap roots and seeded weeds to the council. I don't believe a small scale bin can get hot enough to kill them.

Chemicals Used in Edible Plant Growing

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:28

I would say the only plants you can be sure of are those you raise yourself.

Neighbours have just heavily pruned by Hardy Fuschia

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:26

At this time of year, it will quickly resprout from every cut stem.  Water it well and give it a feed with something like phostrogen.

Look like a Dandelion but....

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 16:30

Is it the flower that looks like a dandelion or the seed head? what colour flower is it? What shape leaves does it have.?

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 13:55

I just got pooped on from a great height. Fortunately it missed my head, travelled down my trousers and landed on my boot.

Just got changed and switched telly on.

 Wimbledon  has the referee with the Barry White voice on.

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