Latest posts by fidgetbones


Posted: 16/09/2017 at 16:45

OOh, bit posh round Larch Farm.  Thats what it was called when one of my mums neighbours turned down an acre building plot at half a crown a square yard.  "Who wants to live out there, Miles away from the shopping".


Posted: 16/09/2017 at 16:33

Paul B3, you will know all about Rainworth, Blidworth, and Southwell.

( Renn erth,  Blid erth, and Suthell)

Pruning Apply Tree

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 14:39

Prune when dormant ( no leaves ) November to February.

Do not treat cuts but make them smooth. Any snags can let disease in.

It may send out a lot of water shoots,next season, you will need to  summer prune them.

What sort of compost container?

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 12:51

I think the ones with air gaps let too much heat and moisture out. I find the plastic dalek type best.

overwintering banana maurelii

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 12:33

If you have somewhere frost free it doesn't need light over winter. You dig it up, cut off all the leaves and leave a stump. I then wrap that in fleece. It could go in a garage or cellar. In the house it will continue growing and you will need lots of room. for it.

This shows how I cut mine down last year.

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.

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