Latest posts by fidgetbones

banna plants,

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 10:21

I keep mine in a big pot, and overwinter in the greenhouse, and I do that with cannas as well. I am in the North Midlands. If you cut off the leaves, wrap the stem loosely with straw. You could put a chicken wire cage around it and stuff that with straw. Then fleece over the outside of that. It has to breathe. If you use plastic it will rot. Mulch well around the roots and put plastic over that to try and keep the roots on the dryish side. Even if the stem goes, if you don't have heavy frost, it should shoot from the base again.


Posted: 10/09/2015 at 11:31

Damson puree and sugar is simmering gently.  We are planning a trip to Cornwall  after the wedding, and will  drop off cake to the diving friends we have at Watersports warehouse. I could pack a jar of damson cheese for you Verdun... or would you prefer cake. ? Mind you I dont know how much cake will be left. At the summer party fondant fancies disappeared as fast as I got them on a plate.

Raised bed of bricks

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 11:15

Normal bricks will always do this if soil is behind them. Damp gets in and the frost will split them.The blue industrial bricks used for damp courses are more resistant,that is what I would use.

compost bin on stone flags

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 11:11

Maybe a wormbin would suit you better. You will not have the amount of waste needed to fill a bin, and turning it would be difficult for you.

try this link

Edd is away on an adventure at the moment but his thread covers most queries



Posted: 10/09/2015 at 07:42

Yesterday I picked five and a half pounds of damsons from a tree overhanging my garden.  I simmered them and then seived to give four pounds of puree. Today I am going to turn it into damson cheese, then I have to finalise the wedding reception. The venue was sold to new owners three weeks ago, and their web site disappeared, so I had a bit of a panic. Only four weeks to go. I am about to turn into bridezilla.


Posted: 10/09/2015 at 07:36

I hope you get them, Kef. My garage roof is covered in butyl. I cant see vandals wanting that. At one of the shops, we had a flat roof extension, and some of the local kids were climbing up a drainpipe and using the flat roof as a hangout place. We covered the drainpipe above 6ft with antivandal paint. Black stuff like tar that doesnt set.  Believe it or not, the week after I had an irate mother wanting to know what I was going to do about her little darlings ruined jeans and jumper. Sod all was the polite answer. We then added razor wire, but we had to have a recommendation from the police and planning permission for it. Can you replace it with something else and does your insurance cover the cost? I know nothing covers the time wasted and inconvenience caused.


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 10:27

Yes, Jo.

Water it well the night before. Dig it up and it will usually break into clumps. 

Fertilise the area now with some bonemeal so that it makes new roots.

Replant each section, cutting off most of the top growth, and water in well.

Fertilise in spring with a general fertiliser or fish, blood and bone organic fertiliser.

I want a flower meadow

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:58

With such a large area, you could do Islands of perennials surrounded by a sea of annuals, giving a longer period of interest. Are you going to put hedges or native trees in as well? 

An oak or two would have plenty of room to spread, and support an entire ecosytem.

I want a flower meadow

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:49

Have a look at

They may have something like you want. If you have an annual meadow, it will have to be ploughed or rotavated each year. Perennial meadows take longer to establish.


Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:36

Depends on whether they are annual or perennial. The annual ones you can pull up and put on the compost heap. Reseed in spring. The perennial Centaurea montana, gets a cut down after flowering. Leaves die down for winter, then regrow in Spring.

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