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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Where is the best place to look for information on ferns?

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:33

Hi, Newleaf.

You will spend a long time looking for a flowering fern, because ferns do not have flowers, they reproduce by spores on the underside of the leaves, and not seeds.

Advice required

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:22

You could fan train fruit trees along the concrete fence.  They will act as a storage radiator for heat, and so you could probably grow apricots as well as apples and pears and  sweet cherries. Morello cherry would go on a north facing fence.

I would increase the depth of the borders as well, and then you could grow some veg in front of the fruit trees.

Green house heaters

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 13:54

When paraffin burns it creates a lot of condensation which I found exacerbates any rot or mould problems.  I find an electric fan heater on a thermostat is best, but the electricity has to be safely installed by a qualified electrician. A fan heater keeps the atmosphere more buoyant and  it doesn't have to be on all the time., and unless theres a power cut, it doesn't run out in the middle of a frosty night.


Posted: 06/02/2014 at 13:48

I hope you're better by next Wednesday, or will we need those surgical masks ?



Posted: 06/02/2014 at 13:46

Specially for punkdoc.

I couldn't believe it either.

to join the manflu vip club



Posted: 06/02/2014 at 13:36

Thats good, Mrs Garden. I'll see you there . Look for the panda picture on a stick.


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 22:43

Minimal systemic effect, so only kills off the tops. looks to be pretty nasty stuff.- dessicant, defoliant, preemergent and post emergent weeds. Sounds like agent orange that the Americans used in Vietnam.


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 22:39

Eeh Bah gum, lass, the essex girl is in for a treat  oop north.


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 22:32

A lot of garden centres will have plants in the wildflower section in the spring.

Or you can grow from seed.

Last Years Seeds

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:43

As well as parsnips, you should also get fresh onion seed each year.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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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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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

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.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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