Latest posts by fidgetbones

organic raised bed preparation advice sought

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 17:31

A humus rich multipurpose compost has plenty of organic matter to break down. What you are lacking is something like a good loam to mix with it. What you need are a soil based compost or top soil by the cubic metre.Some garden centres have a compost labelled for veg growing which is loam based.

If its any help this is what I did when I took over gardening next door. We made a raised bed area where the pigeon shed was. They has scraped down to subsoil which was clay and shale.

I put a six inches of well rotted farm yard manure on it ( I get a local farmer to tip me a load every now and then. It is a mix of cow manure bedded on straw and horse manure bedded on wood shavings.)

I topped that with a thick layer of rock dust (verve available from b &Q) a dose of 4 oz per square yard of blood fish and bone. I had some loam from a turf stack where I had skimmed a lawn off, and we topped it with that, then mixed it all in.

Its easier to buy good loam ready made and add some blood fish and bone.Just mix it all up well. The worms appear by magic.

id mystery tall plant

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 12:10

Linaria purpurea aka purple toadflax

Diamond Backed Moths : Preventing Attacks

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 12:09

I would use micromesh veg netting. Tiny holes that let 95% of light and air through.  I think fleece might cause a humid atmosphere at this time of year, causing fungal problems.


Posted: 16/06/2016 at 10:46

I've just ordered another kilo of mealworms. As OH says, the robin has me trained. I was going to leave it now as the fledglings are out and about, but a very insistent robin has started to come and stare at me while I made coffee this morning, and usually turns up for "happy hour" and his bowl of worms around 5 pm. I pressed a wrong button on the order, and they thought I was abandoning the order so gave me a code for 10% discount. Happy days.

Rainy Roses

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 10:39


All those lovely roses we buy in the florists are grown inside.

They must think I'm stupid 💰

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 10:38

What fantasy land are they in?.  I think its about time amazon and ebay sorted out these fraudsters, not encouraged them

flower id please?

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 10:13

Is it a packet of mixed seeds you have sprinkled?

Blue flax seems to be in a lot of those this year.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 09:45

persisting it down in Nottingham

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 09:43

if they are annuals I am amazed. They would not normally survive the winter. If they have been in that container since then, they need feeding. A  teaspoon of phostrogen in every gallon of water will help or any tomato feed such as tomorite. Mine will be getting comfrey feed, but one step at a time.


Posted: 16/06/2016 at 09:04

Very sad, Lily, I hope she is getting the help she needs and is in a safe place.

Dove, sofa day needed. Take it easy.

Hostafan, you are wasting away. You will be able to hide behind the hostas  soon.

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