Latest posts by fidgetbones

Sloe Berry?

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 19:52

Sloes come off a quickthorn tree.Prunus spinosa.  It has spines. I don't see any spines. They look more like damsons. (Prunus institia) If you cut it in half, a damson has a thin flat stone like a plum. very tart, but added to sugar they make good jams or pies.

my ill rebutia muscular

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 18:27

What have you repotted it with ? Proper cacti compost is very gritty and free draining.

my ill rebutia muscular

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 18:26

It looks like it has doubled in size this summer. This years growth looks different to the old part. By dry, I mean don't water it  at all unless you have it on a sunny windowsill. If getting a lot of sun, I would give it a dribble once a month. I will be moving the cacti from prickly corner outside to an unheated conservatory. They get cold, which they tolerate  unless they are wet.

Magnolia help please

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 18:15

If they are newly planted have you been giving them a bucket of water each, every week?

Did you tease out the roots from the root ball when you planted it, to help the roots to get out and get established.?

my ill rebutia muscular

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 15:37

That looks nomal to me. I would keep it on the dry side over winter, and then feed and water once a week from March.   I would use a paintbrush to tidy it up a bit. gentle brushing removes rubbish trapped between the spines.

Broccoli kale and cabbage questions

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 13:14

A feed of nettle tea might help the kale leaves, they just need to grow fast to be tender. I pick mine when smallish too. I have no idea what Monty feed his on, they look huge compared to mine.  My broccoli that I was expecting to form heads in Spring went mad and heads suddenly appeared last week. I cut them all of and ate them (yum) . Side shoots are starting to form now. I expect they will slow down as the weather gets colder.  I blame the weather.

Balcony composting

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 11:54

As most of your input will be veg peelings etc, I would go for a wormery. You could put it up against a wall and put poystrene sheet around it if it turns really cold.

We had a thread which dealt with worm composting in depth.

Builders Sand

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 11:50

It will be fine at the bottom.  I know a lot of gardens where the soil is mainly builders sand, it does no harm. (Builders sand is extracted  from near my childhood home, everyones gardens were sandy)

Mixed in with topsoil, it is fine. If you leave it at the bottom, and then put topsoil on top, it will be fine. Too much sand and it need a lot of compost adding to hold water and nutrients.

Top 1/3rd of sweetcorn has no kernels

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 11:42

I didn't say they were wrong. I seemed to remember to OP said that blocks were wrong.

As I have never won a prize in a show, I bow to your superiority.

 I take the view that everyone is entitled to their view.

Top 1/3rd of sweetcorn has no kernels

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 08:35

Maybe Bridgey stands at the end of the row and blows hot air down the row twice a day. That would work.

Pesticides used at the end of the 2nd World War were used to maximise the amount of food that could be grown for a starving nation. The people took precedence over the wildlife. With hindsight DDT was wrong, and the current recommendation is to use as little pesticide as possible. No farmer spends money on unnecessary sprays.

 The main pest I have on sweetcorn are squirrels, who stripped 60 cobs in an afternoon one year and carried them off through the woods. We found a trail of half eaten cobs.

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