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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Pruning blackcurrant bushes?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:41

My bushes produced a huge amount of fruit this year. The oldest is 20 yr old, and the cuttings off it about 15. When they slow down or have a poor harvest I will start again with a new  virus free bush from a good supplier. Old bushes often have viruses which reduce crops.

Chris Bowers has a good selection of blackcurrant bushes.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:19

I potted on 66 primula fire dragon plugs into 3inch pots. Then I put the staging back into the greenhouse. Then I took cuttings of argyranthemum paris daisy, salvias, hot lips, pennys pink and Amistad.   Although Amistad survived last winter outside, it came up so late it is only just making flowers. The cuttings I took this time last year have been flowering since August. This year I may dig the plants up and overwinter in big pots inside. Hot lips survived Ok.

Himself is watching rugby. The lawn needs mowing.

use of peat

Posted: Yesterday at 17:11

Plenty of shamrock irish peat in the garden centres. The irish burn 94% of what they dig out in power stations and open fires.

Propogating holly

Posted: Yesterday at 10:55

Dig up any seedlings and plant in a straight line if you want a hedge. They soon grow.

Wooden building

Posted: Yesterday at 10:53

A phone call to environmental health about vermin coming out of his overgrown eyesore of a garden , maybe. 

And keep on at the planning dept. Get your local councillor involved. Stay a concerned, polite citizen.


Posted: Yesterday at 10:49

7 days to go. Apparently the weather is about to turn bad.

If it stays Ok the flowers will come out of the garden. Contingency plan A a local fruit and veg shop has been selling lovely teddy bear sunflowers at £2 for 3stems. I was debating getting £20 worth next week , but yesterday he said those in the shop were the last, the local farmer is going to plough the rest in this weekend. The ones already cut wont last until next week.

Contingency plan B. Raid mums garden for all her spray crysanths.

Contingency plan C  local supermarket.

A house full next week so I may not be around much. Busy busy busy.


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 23:09

Ha. First time I was asked if I wanted a doona, I gave the aussie bloke a funny look. As for the bar sign that said "no thongs allowed", whats it got to do with a bar as to what undies I've got on.


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 23:04

They overwinter in leaf litter, so I would try clearing up all leaves that fall and cut down on hiding places for them. 

Desperate to know what berries I've picked...

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 22:25

I find them on the hedges by the river or canal side. Old hedges are best.

I'm glad you didn't make gin and cyanide.

Desperate to know what berries I've picked...

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 22:02

I agree with Nut.  Berries contain a cyanide compound.

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