Latest posts by fidgetbones

How to use a cold frame

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 08:15

They have to do the hokey cokey. Out in the day in a sheltered place so they don't get too hot. At night they go in so they don't get too cold. A week of that and they should be ok to plant out, but have fleece or newspapers on hand to cover up at night if it gets cold.

The cutting garden 2016

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 23:12

I have cosmos, zinnia and cleome seedlings in the greenhouse. Ammi majus  in plug trays and a lot of rooted Verbena bonariensis cuttings to go out yet.

Dahlia tubers from last year are now shooting and need potting on.

I did sow some cherrry red knautia but not one has come up.(Sarah Raven seed)

My sweet peas in roottrainers are outside now, I need to get them in the ground.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 23:04

Congratulations Panda.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 20:29

No, when I stripped the walls prior to the new kitchen going in, half the plaster came off. The plasterer said it was because PVA on the walls, if you use a steam stripper, blows the old plaster off. he said he gets a lot of work that way. £600 bill later, I am using a standard white paint, watered down a bit for the roller. it has soaked up the first two lots of paint. A bit more to go on tomorrow.

I did spend a week camping style.. no electric in the kitchen,microwave and kettle in the living room. I always had a bed to go to at night. I couldn't go without a bed for four years.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 20:10

I spent most of today painting the walls in the kitchen trying to keep plaster dust down. I cant decide on final colours yet, so for now its all getting a coat of white.

However, when I went to open the greenhouse this morning, a couple of these were fluttering around.


The cutting garden 2016

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:47


 This weeks vases. Spanish bluebells, which grow almost like hyacinths, and the end of the daffs. The only ones I have left to open are lemon strike.

Forgetmenots are fully out now,so I put a few in the vase.

How to look after Agave Americana Marinata Variegata

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 15:10

Plastic pots are best, they do become rootbound. Water well in summer, likes full sun, , keep on the dry side in winter and  frost free.They are supposed to tolerate a few degrees of frost,but one I left in the ground turned to mush over  winter.

Fruit, Vegetables and Old Bonfires

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 08:25

Ideal for growing fruit. Wood ash is good for promoting flowers and hence fruit. The bonfire will have sterilized the top couple of inches and killed off a lot of weed seeds. If you can rotate bonfires around the plot it can be useful. Biochar is expensive charcoal sold as a soil improving additive and you will have your own.

How to grow some seeds i found 6 years ago.

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:35

I was thinking the same, Archie.

If they grow, then the leaves should prove it one way or the other.

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:15

I planted a dozen polka last year. This year, compared to the Glen Ample planted at the same time, the Polka looked somewhat anaemic, even though next to each other in same soil. I have fertilised and mulched them, the new growth seems strong though.

 Dove has been growing these for longer, maybe she will know if they are like that when young.

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Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
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