Latest posts by fidgetbones

where are the seeds?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:42

Despite a slow start, I have had solitary bees in the lawn,(and their predatory beeflies) tree bees in the bird boxes, and bumble bees under the old dustbin by the apple tree. I have seen several sorts of bumble bees, and we now have honeybees on the ivy flowers. .... but not a lot of hoverflies this year at all. There still seems to be ladybirds about.

Fruit Tree Issues

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:24

it could turm into a bit of a project.

I've never grafted fruit, but I wish I had had a go at the old apple tree in the ancient orchard next door. the tree was hollow, but produced wonderful fruit, but no one could identify it.Before I could take bud wood off it, a storm bought the whole tree down.


where are the seeds?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:09

My bronze fennel has no seeds on but flowered well. There didn't seem to be as many hoverflies as usual.(I did have that ichneumon wasp)  Bee pollinated stuff seems to be fine.

Green Feriliser

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 18:23

If you dig comfrey in, you will never be rid of it. It is usually planted in a permanent site, and the leaves cut up to six times a year, and used to make a liquid feed, or put on the compost heap as an activator.

Plants suitable to be sown now and then  dug in as green manure,(in the spring),   are  Phacelia tanacetifolia, mustard, or winter rye.  You can obtain seeds of these from most of the seed merchants.


Posted: 07/10/2013 at 13:03

The old gatehouse next door is being renovated. The workmen are burning  lots, but the stink is awful. So no outside work today. I'm making chutney instead with plums, apples, amd onions.  I think its going to be pretty sweet/sour so I added a bit of chilli to give it a kick.  Its just got to boil down now, I've done all the chopping/weighing. Jars are sterilising.

what are they

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 08:39

First one I would think is an ornamental gourd,others may be squash but I wouldn't risk it, use them for pumpkin carving for Halloween or varnish the first one when hard

Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 08:35

Oooh, that's a bit arty, dove. Turner prize coming up.

Bulb storage.

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 21:31

Try asking at the pharmacy for flowers of sulphur (precipitated sulphur)

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 20:08

You've got super pumpkins too.   OH very impressed.  He thinks we should grow some next year.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 19:48

Ooh er Stacey......It wasn't me, honest.

(Can tea borrow a taser to deal with dilbert.)

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