Latest posts by fidgetbones

Bedding in Planters in September

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 17:13

Winter flowering pansies. Some primulas are starting to flower now.

passion flower

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 16:29

Too much nitrogen will make it grow too many leaves. Use a high potash tomato fertiliser instead.  Trim the ends of the stems  by a bit to make it bush. (not more than a third of the new growth)

Plants that root in water

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 14:46

I take cuttings of Brugmansia in Autumn. They live in a jar of water in the kitchen windowsill all winter, then I pot them up in Spring. They will usually flower the same year.

September Sewing

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 14:25

Sow seeds for salad crops in trays in the greenhouse. Rocket, Winter lettuce, microgreens, radish can all be sown now

Comfrey - should it not be picked in the first year?

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 08:45

I have a single flowering (white) comfrey in the garden. I cut it down several times per year and have since I first spotted it. I didn't plant it, I think the birds bought it.

 Certainly Bocking 14 is the best if you can get it.  If you don't, any other sort will do. Just don't let it flower. I collect comfrey by the sackful from a water meadow by the River Trent.  There is a huge swathe of it and I make little impression on the total.

 Lawrence Hills published a pamphlet many years ago, he had some of the 35 species of comfrey analysed for nutrients and decided Bocking 14 ( a flowerless russian comfrey ) was the best.

He was one of the founders of the Organic Gardening movement and helped found Ryton gardens. ( Now  GardenOrganic. ) He and his wife Cherry had many health problems, and found an organic diet helped in many ways.



Posted: 30/08/2017 at 10:45

Damson cheese is nice.  Very intense flavour when it is made with wild damsons.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 21:37

I just can't imagine 40 inch of rain in 3 days.  It stopped raining and they made a dash to the supermarket, then it started raining again, and the way back was flooded and they had to wade.  Three of them, a 12 week old lab, a feral cat and four new kittens they rescued,  all holed up in a one bedroom flat.

 I saw the end of bake off. I liked the look of the watermelon.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 21:12

I have spent the weekend at Brother in Laws new place up in Fife. Hot it was not. 10C this morning.  I spent most of the weekend on  t'interweb, trying to contact a friend and her daughter who are in Houston.  They are currently safe in the daughters flat, but my friends flat and all her furniture (fresh off the boat from Oz) is directly in line between the city  centre and the reservoirs about to break  the banks into the bayou.  Two weeks ago she was saying it was infernally hot and humid, now they are confined to the flat.  Fingers crossed the storm moves soon.  She is supposed to be getting on a plane to Pittsburgh for the imminent arrival of her second grandchild, this weekend.   It makes a boring weekend in England look very enticing.

An out of the Blue invite

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 20:22

I suspect Mike is using a program that converts speech to text. That makes it sound odd. Some people can't spell, others can't type. I don't see many other people being castigated for it.

Dads Garden Gladioli, do or don't ???????

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 20:17

Clarkia elegans

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Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

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Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
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What the chuff have you done to it? 
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Grow your own flowers for the house. 
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