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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Calling all Caterpillar experts . . .

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 18:13

Large white butterfly.

Lock up your cabbages.

Plant ID

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 18:07

scabious or knautia, sweet william,  tall weed.

black currants

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 08:03

It fruits on older wood. You should get a good crop next year. Only take out thick congested branches right to the base. Leave one and two year old wood to bear fruit. I prune out old wood after I pick the fruit.

Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 07:13
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 sooner have a plague of ladybirds than a plague of aphids.

poppy disaster

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 07:06

The rain has ruined a lot of the flower buds, on mine. They have turned black  and Mushy and not opened properly.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 22:36

Watch it o n bbc iPlayer,Percy


Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 22:09

If you do that when the fruit are forming, you are likely to end up with blossom end rot, where there is a black flattened patch at the flower end of the fruit. This is because the plant is unable to take up enough calcium because of the lack of water.

You say they are in small pots. i grow mine in florists buckets with holes drilled in the bottom. I dont let the plants dry out so that they droop.On a very hot day, that may mean watering twice a day, once a day in normal conditions, less in overcast or raining.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 21:43

Fairygirl!!!! I thought it was Irn Bru they made from iron girders, not your feet.

Help! Am I growing stinging nettles!?

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 18:38

Cut all the nettles down or pull them out and cut off the root bit. put the leaves and stems in a bucket as much as you can get in. Fill with water, leave for a few weeks. It will stink and go brown.Dilute the brown stuff, a cupful to a 2 gallon watering can. Useful for brassicas or anything that likes a high nitrogen feed.  (use comfrey mix, made in same way for flowering plants.)


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 18:33

Its been sunny all day here, but every other day or night this week we have had rain.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is atrocious, up to 30 mm of rain . flood warnings etc. I haven't watered anything outside, just tipped water out of the trays.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

bananas from seed

has anyone achieved this? 
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Last Post: 05/08/2015 at 07:37

chelsea winners

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Last Post: 24/05/2015 at 20:52

Lotus corniculatus

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Last Post: 14/05/2015 at 18:39

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

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Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 23:02

Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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Last Post: 08/01/2015 at 23:04

white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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Last Post: 17/09/2014 at 21:33

fungi identification please

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Last Post: 15/08/2014 at 13:16

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 11:03

squash crown prince

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Last Post: 04/01/2015 at 17:26

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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Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 00:53

Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Last Post: 22/06/2015 at 16:18

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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Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 07:13

ladybirds mating?

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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 20:16
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