London (change)
Today 13°C / 10°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 9°C


Latest posts by fidgetbones

Talkback: How to winter-prune wisteria

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 16:39

Give  it a really hard prune back to the main stems. Next year it will grow new shoots. Cut these back by two thirds in August, and back to 3 buds  the following March. Then if it doesn't flower, dig it up and chuck it out.


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 16:05

Garlic will rot if it gets too wet.

 Tip the contents of the pot out. You can replant in gritty compost in a pot with holes in the bottom for drainage. Or you can plant in the soil in your garden.

Bird feeders

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 22:01

Standard peanut butter has a lot of salt in it, which is no good for birds. I have seen a bird peanut butter(no additives) advertised, but I can't remember the name. you can make your own by liquidising  bird peanuts.

Chemical weed killer near organic veg bed?

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 22:03

Cleavers  produce a lot of seed, and new plants overwinter well. it is easy to pull up, best caught when small. Using weedkiller on seedlings now will kill it, but it wont stop new seeds germinating. The regular cultivation of a veg patch will keep it under control. If you have a lot of perennial weeds such as dock, I would give the lot a dose of glyphosate as a one off next year, to start with a clean bed.

 Weedkiller at the moment is a waste of time.

Talkback: How to dig beds in winter

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 17:01

It's useful for getting the menfolk out of the house, and out from under their wives feet.

However,  being female, I have never double dug. I usually just fork the soil over, enough to tickle in any compost or FYM.


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 16:22

That reminds me, i have some Lucifer to split up.


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 16:05

If you dig them up and separate them,the new bulb will be at the top. Old bulbs below that can be thrown away A congested clump will have chains of bulbs, only the latest years will flower.  When you replant them,give the soil a handful of fertiliser and/or compost and space them a few inches apart.


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 10:08

Good morning everyone. Blue skies here. I'm off to the supermarket, then more decorating. OH helped me cut the paper to length, but then had to go back to Newcastle again as his mother was hospitalised yesterday morning . His brother had to phone an ambulance, as his mothers chest infection got worse despite antibiotics, and she is struggling to breathe. His sister has come back from Wales, and they are taking it in shifts to sit with her. The consultant doesn't have much hope, as her lungs are filling up and her kidneys failing. He says they will keep her comfortable,and it will just be time. Last time she went into hospital,(fighting all the way and assaulting 2 ambulancemen, a paramedic and a doctor at the time) they gave her weeks to live, and put end of life care in place. The carers were exceptionally good, because that was four years ago. However I think that this time they are probably right. Alzheimers is a very cruel disease.

Not a very good start to the new year. Sorry to start on a downer, but I may be missing for a bit, sorting stuff out.

Evergreen blocker

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 09:53

I have a hawthorn tree on the boundary. It has a rose growing over it, and a jasmine growing over it. The jasmine is rarely pruned. It is still in full leaf, and although it will drop its leaves, it is not without them for long before new growth starts. There is also a clematis montana running through.This gives a succession of flowering, and rose hips and haws for the birds. Its actually quite difficult to tell its a hawthorn under there.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 21:12

Read a book.

Lots of gardening books to choose from. Start with Gertrude Jekyll, move onto Marjorie Fish, Vita sackville West, Christopher Lloyd, and Beth Chatto.

 Then replan your garden on paper, and get out the seed catalogues.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
Replies: 6    Views: 202
Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 20:27

white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
Replies: 24    Views: 533
Last Post: 17/09/2014 at 21:33

fungi identification please

Replies: 2    Views: 213
Last Post: 15/08/2014 at 13:16

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

Replies: 13    Views: 362
Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 11:03

squash crown prince

Replies: 5    Views: 303
Last Post: 12/07/2014 at 13:40

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... 
Replies: 6    Views: 311
Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
Replies: 1    Views: 198
Last Post: 03/07/2014 at 23:01


Replies: 20    Views: 591
Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 00:53

Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
Replies: 21    Views: 684
Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 16:33

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... 
Replies: 0    Views: 196
Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 07:13

ladybirds mating?

Replies: 13    Views: 349
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 20:16

Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
Replies: 8    Views: 296
Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 21:09


Replies: 300    Views: 7756
Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 19:22

Identification needed

Replies: 4    Views: 309
Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 21:47

Felley Priory Bluebells.

Replies: 13    Views: 411
Last Post: 25/04/2014 at 11:57
1 to 15 of 34 threads