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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Autumn Onion Sets

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 12:53

Foxes will dig things up if you have used bonemeal before planting. They're searching for the bone. 

Do as welsh onion says, and net them from the birds.

Use animal manure and green manure together?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 12:49

using both seems like overkill, but if you really want, I would rotovate or fork the well rotted  FYM in first and then sow seeds on top. If you sow the seeds and then lay the FYM on top I doubt the seeds will germinate.


Posted: 17/09/2013 at 12:40

Well, I got the worcester apples in. Most of them anyway. The ones right at the top of the tree I can't get even with the apple picker and a ladder, so the birds will get them.

Just the plums to get in, but its started raining

Bargain of the year

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 12:33

You don't need a gym with a garden.

 Its a shame we cant grow chocolate trees though...

Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 12:27

I had 10 packets of veg seed last month for about £2.70 from a telegraph offer. it wouldn't suit everyone.

I wouldn't want the apple tree(I have 2 large and 5 small apple trees), but someone growing in pots might.

 Not everyone lives next to a garden centre and you  have to factor in petrol costs these days.

You pays your money, take your choice.


Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 10:00

200 free spring bulbs  Gardeners world magazine   £5.60 postage

offer expires 31st October 2013

Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:57

Free mini gala apple. £5.60postage. The English Garden magazine.

offer expires 31st october 2013

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:50

For someone who doesn't like annuals, Verdun, you seem to treat a lot of these new perennials as annuals, moving them about, chucking them out, space for new ones. You seem to be more fidgetty than me.

 Can you list all the new perennials that you would not bother with again.

 I'll start with Hardy gerberas, which in my garden were a total waste of money.

I had some coreopsis in big modules last year, flowered magnificently all last year, then totally disappeared.

I've spent quite a bit this year on the new ecinaceas, I suspect these will be slug food when/if they reappear in the spring.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:40

The red catkin thing is Amaranthus hypochondriacus. It is a species from mexico, that I grew from RHS seed. It is also known as princes feather. The seedlings were variable, and I only planted out the most red leaved ones. Some were green. The ones planted out early got to 5 foot and then keeled over in a wind. The tassels are supposed to be more upright. I intend leaving them for the birds in the winter, they are formimg seed now. I will put them on the seed list later. Treat as half hardy annual,need heat to germinate. There are a lot of cultivars around in the seed catalogues that are shorter and have more dangly sort of flowers.

Planting red robin Photina

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:27

That doesn't seem to link . Its a web search for RHS , Photinia Red Robin.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

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