Latest posts by fidgetbones

Do these bare root raspberry canes look acceptable?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:00

Give them a soak in a bucket of water for a few hours and plant. If they do not grow well by September, complain to the supplier. 


Posted: 25/04/2016 at 13:05

The tulips I lasagned last year are not doing as well as last year, although the daffs are all right. I think most pots are best with new bulbs each year, and i plant the old bulbs in between perennials in the borders.

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 12:47

I've never been normal in my life and I'm not starting now.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 10:24

It looks like a seat to me, to sit and enjoy the view.

is it like an iceberg with 90% underneath??

Moving it will scrape off some of the patina/ageing effect  and destroy some of the aesthetics.

It would be easier to move the pond nearer.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 09:41

FGS do not try it on your own, hostafan.  I have visions of you trapped underneath with no one around to find you. I am not even allowed up the big ladders when hubby is not here to hold them. It sounds like a three man job to me.

Name and shame, punkdoc. Otherwise, have a lovely trip to North Yorks. Pack your thermal undies, it's nippy out there.

Seed / potting on compost? Manure?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 08:38

Seed compost has little nutrient, as the seed has enough food to get going in the endosperm. Potting compost has more nutrient in. If you leave a seedling in seed compost it will slow down and not grow as well.

Farm year manure has to be well rotted before you dig it in, although potatoes will tolerate it only partly rotted. If it is still steaming or smelly it is not ready to use. Well rotted manure has little or no smell and is pleasant to use.


Posted: 25/04/2016 at 08:32

Gladioli flowers usually face the sun. With a fence at the back of them, they should face away from the fence.

seedling help

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:42

Light leaved stocks develop into double flower forms, darker leaves into singles. Commercial growers drop the temperature to induce this, and pick out the doubles.

I'm not sure about pricking out carrots, I always thought it is best to direct sow where you want them and then thin to a few inches apart. Anything with tap roots like carrots does not like transplanting.

your favourite woodland perennials

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:19

Have a look at Long Acre Plants

I had some good plants from here last year.


Surprise garden visitor this morning

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 11:23

Next door to us is a small wood, a couple of fox families lived in there and one year they had twelve cubs between them.  Some used to come to be fed most nights at dusk, but one year we had a memorable minute with four adults and twelve cubs playing in the garden.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

Has anyone successfully rooted one? 
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Photos from the Chatsworth Flower Show 2017 
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Any thoughts or musings? 
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plant identification

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Aquilegia flowers 2016

Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
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New look forum

What the chuff have you done to it? 
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The cutting garden 2016

Grow your own flowers for the house. 
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Special offers

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