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Latest posts by fidgetbones

When to take off the propagator lid?

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 11:39

I take them out of the heated  propagator once the seed leaves are fully open. I prick out once the first true leaves are fully open.

Poppy problem on Veg plot

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 11:34

Annual poppies should just hoe off.  Oriental poppies will have thick tap roots and start emerging soon. I would glyphosate them if so. Rotovating just propagates by root cuttings.


Posted: 19/01/2014 at 11:29

They tell me they're clearing it for  garden. It looks awfully like a space for two detached houses.(which the road is numbered for).

 The digger has stopped and the chainsaw is going again now.

I won't be offering them a cup of tea.


Posted: 19/01/2014 at 10:40

Tracey, far too soon to plant tomato seeds, unless you have a greenhouse with plenty of light and heat on.We start sowing tomatoes at the end of March.. They get planted in buckets in the greenhouse at the beginning of May (frost free greenhouse).


Posted: 19/01/2014 at 10:35

I was woken before dawn by the digger next door. the pigeon sheds have gone.I'm just waiting for them to light an enormous bonfire. I felt like going out and shouting "who wet the bed?". I can't see any other reason for operating heavy machinery at 6.30 on a Sunday morning.

I found an old prewar photo online of the lodge house next door (currently being renovated) My house(built after that) is where the oak tree(which is not there any more) was.

 it was pretty rural, now its all built up and the A52 flyover goes over the road about 400 yds down.


Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 10:25

50 corms of gladioli for postage £5.65

I'm not sure about the green ones, but the others look nice.

 For those who wanted the Acidanthera  murielae bulbs, they have 100 for £13.98


Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:58

Well, January has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster, exacerbated by the weather and the fact I can't get in the garden to do anything. It's made me realise, that although grass walkways look good in summer, they are no good in Winter. Even traipsing up to the greenhouse to check on it means squelching along in wellies, trying to pick a tussock of grass that is not under mud. The old house in the wood next door is being renovated. This morning I was woken by a chain saw, closely followed by a big digger demolishing the pigeon sheds.They are going to level it and plant grass seed. Good luck with that one, its totally surrounded by big trees.  My grass on that side is heavily infested with moss, it gets little light at this time of year , better after Easter, when the sun is higher in the sky.

I'm thinking a short holiday is in order, a long one is no good, I have seedlings and plants to monitor now, and no one I can trust to water for me.

Onion seeds to plant soon, then sweet peas. Most other things wait until early March.

Have a good day everyone.

French beans

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:04

I sow french beans at the beginning of May under glass, for planting out at the end of May, when risk of frost has passed.

Buying a hammock online

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 19:15

I've been one a long time.

Buying a hammock online

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 19:08

If he'd said he was looking for a good pair of waders at the mo, I might have believed him, but a hammock in this weather?

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Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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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... 
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