Latest posts by fidgetbones

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:54

I see you muddle up.  I agree.

I gather that campaigning has been cancelled for the day as a mark of respect.


Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:30

No robin at the moment, it's thundering and lightening and bucketing it down. His new worms are due tomorrow. Between this mornings persisting and tonight bucketing, I managed to get 18 cleomes in. They are about a foot high at the moment. Do I pinch them or leave them if I want them for cut flowers?

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:26

Unfortunately , it doesn't matter how much you legislate against guns and knives, the nutters always find a way.

My flowers ..

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 17:38

Lovely epiphyllum, Phillippa.

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

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