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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Ants in compost bin

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:55

It even works with recycled cola .!!. 

Any kind or urine added to a heap keeps it damp and adds nitrogen to speed the composting process.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:47

I thought of you yesterday, orchid lady. This was in the conservatory at Hidcote.



Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:32

I had a good day pricking out seedlings, and shuffling plants from greenhouse to polytunnel, and polytunnel to hardening off area.

OH wanted to help, so I sent him to the supermarket for a bag of frozen peas and a loaf of bread. Next time I'll make a list. He came back with four pints of milk and three loaves.

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:26

Sorry, Autumn, but in the midlands area of  England, Equisetum arvense is often called marestail. The RHS acknowledges this on its website.  I think that shows the importance of using latin binomial system, then we all know what we are talking about.

There is no way I would add it to a compost heap, as the tiniest bit will regrow.

My mother has been battling it for over 55 years. It comes through tarmac, and it doesn't  matter how much its pulled it still comes back. She has free draining neutral sandy soil. The only cure we have found is stamping on it and then spraying with glyphosate.

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:08

I only spray the lilies early on. It lasts six weeks. It will be about 8 weeks before they flower. That shouldn't affect the bees.

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:40

I squashed two today, and sprayed all the lilies with provado. The beetles seem to be early this year. I squashed the first one before the lilies had poked their shoots through.

Plant ID please

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:53

Aconitum aka monkshood

Grape vine newbie.

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 16:57

try these instructions. Usually you tie to wires not up a trellis. Are you growing in a greenhouse or outside? where do you live?(county or country would give us a clue.)

Making a leaf stack for leafmould/mulch

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 16:00

I filled two of them two years ago, they rotted down to half in one year , so I tipped them both into one, and damped them down again. I put a bit of chicken wire on the top to stop them blowing around .

Discussions started by fidgetbones

white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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Last Post: 17/09/2014 at 21:33

fungi identification please

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Last Post: 15/08/2014 at 13:16

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 11:03

squash crown prince

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Last Post: 12/07/2014 at 13:40

Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 07:13

ladybirds mating?

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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 20:16

Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 21:47

Felley Priory Bluebells.

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Last Post: 25/04/2014 at 11:57

Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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