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Latest posts by fidgetbones

New Gardener I am

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:55

With five acres ,  see if you can obtain a copy of  "the self sufficient gardener' by John Seymour. You should be able to get it from amazon.

It sounds like you should be able to grow a lot more than we can in England.

Good Luck. I hope you achieve your dream.

New Gardener I am

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:46

How many hectares/acres/square metres of land?

How much rainfall do you get each year? and in what seasons?


New Gardener I am

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:45

What sort of soil do you have?



New Gardener I am

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:38

Where do you live?  How much space do you have to grow plants in?


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:35

What sort is it ,?Lisa.


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 18:09

Overheard in the garden centre today....(in Derby)

"Oh no, madam, we wont get a hard frost now, it will be fine outside....."

I've just switched the heater back on in the greenhouse. It has been up to 23C, but is now down to 11C and dropping. Clear sky here, with an odd pink cloud.


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 17:51

I like your cheery yellow crocus, Panda.

I cant grow crocus, the squirrels eat them all.

Nice tasting herbs

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 17:49

Parsley is what you chew for fresh breath.  Its easy to grow in a pot in the winter inside, and then at this time of year, in a pot outside.


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 15:20

Black keel slugs burrow into potatoes, and ruin them. If you turn over all the soil , forking it well and allow the birds at it, it will reduce the population. Prepare the bed now, even though you will not be planting the potatoes yet.

You can water on  nemasys  nematodes which kill the slugs. Some potatoes seem to be more susceptible than others.

Newbie - should I start over ?

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 15:04

Most of those can stay in the same place for a long time. Just give them a good mulch with some well rotted farm yard manure or compost.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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fungi identification please

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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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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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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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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

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Identification needed

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