Latest posts by fidgetbones

Reducing the Noise from Road

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:43

I am 200 yards from the A52 where it joins the M1. Its very useful for work, because I can access Notts, Derbs or Sth Yorks quickly. However, 20 years on, I am not still used to the noise. The house is double glazed, which reduces noise in the house, but the garden is another matter. An ipod and Bose noise  cancelling headphones work.

If you don't like the noise now, (and visit it again during peak traffic flow,) I wouldn't buy it, but look for somewhere else if you like peace and quiet.


don't waste my time plant!

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:32

I'm going to dig out the shasta daisies. Too invasive,and they always fall over and look a mess. And reduce the red tree peony which is making a bid for freedom.


Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:29

Well, today I have packed up the christmas decs, we always do it on the 6th, It was my Grandpas birthday. While I was taking the golden balls off the half cut down buddleja (don't ask), I found my double purple primrose is flowering. Bit breezy here, but we seem to have got off the weather pretty light.

I swapped £15 of tesco vouchers for £45 of T&M vouchers, and after a bit of faffing, put a seed order in.

Hercules is heading for Cornwall apparently. Get those hatches battened down

 Stay safe everyone..

onion problems/help

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 14:15

The bulb  or set will soften as it is growing and producing new leaves.  So long as the bulb  is not standing in water they will be all right so long as they are in a sunny area with well drained, humus rich soil.

 Onion sets can be started in modules in February in a cold frame, and then planted in final position once the weather improves, in March or April.


Posted: 06/01/2014 at 00:28

I used to like Barmouth biscuits, but you can't seem to get them now.


Posted: 05/01/2014 at 23:03

Well, Clarington, I go past that pub often when we go down to Trent Lock on the River Trent for a walk. I never thought of going in there for food.

 Talking about food, Nigel Slater and a biscuit addict are on Beeb 4 talking about biscuits.

I picked up a big tin of shortbread in Tesco today, reduced to £2 post xmas.

 All this talking about food is making me think I ought to open a tin and have some with hot chocolate.

 I'm still here (almost in Long Eaton), while OH is still in Newcastle. MIL is getting no better but no worse, and so is bed blocking and they are hoping to bring her home if the oxygen supply can be sorted. The carers can  cope as there are hoists and special bed already in place. OH is coming home tomorrow, as he has a course in Sheffield  for Tue/wed/Thur/ , and then going back to Newcastle on Thursday night.

Right, the big food question tonight.  What is your favourite biscuit and do you dunk?

roses from seed

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 22:37

Don't mollycoddle them. Rose seedlings will take anything the weather can throw at them. The leaves will drop off  i winter, but they will reshoot in Spring.

Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 20:42

Ha, she obviously knows I'm a cynical old ratbag, because I didn't get one.

Bird feeders

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 20:38

We have a small undisturbed wood and derelict orchard next door on the southern boundary, and two 150 year old oak trees on the northern boundary. We also have a lot of feeders, mainly squirrel proof, including peanut feeders, fat block for the woodpecker(they only like the pink ones), sunflower seed feeder, a small seed mix for the finches, niger seed for the goldfinches, and a muesli type mix for softbill/ground feeders. Sometimes I think these birds are better fed than me.

 We also have had , but rarely, goldcrest, red poll, thrushes,waxwing, jay,  a spring visit from mallards and heron, and of course, with all that lot, we also get visits from an owl and the sparrowhawk.

Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 17:14

Grow something that uses a lot of nitrogen such as leafy greens, brassicas, and make sure you remove all the growth from the soil when you harvest it.

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