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Latest posts by fidgetbones

seepage hose pipes

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 12:18

Seepage hoses need water pressure to force it through the little holes. I attach mine to the mains, but the pressure has dropped a lot over the last week.


Posted: 16/07/2013 at 11:55

I hope that man down the road with a jig a pik gets a move on. he's cut off my water

 Luckily I had just watered the tomatoes, and there is enough in the kettle for tea for OH. 

 I'm just going to have to sit under a brolly and read the latest Dan Brown.

Preparing heavy clay soil for first planting

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 11:47

My brother had a new build with a garden that had been turfed. The turves curled up their corners like old sandwiches. He took the lot off, dug out all the bricks etc, to be left with compacted clay. He rotavated in a lot of sacks of old compost, the contents of my mums compost bin, all the old tomato compost. to help break it up. He then reseeded in the spring. He now has a lovely lawn.

You may be able to get a lorry load of spent mushroom compost if you live anywhere near a mushroom grower.

please ID this plant??

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 11:41

I agree, it's a hypericum. It will probably propagate (spread) itself.

What books do you recommend?

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 11:39

The RHS encyclopedias  are good. If you can find an old readers digest encyclopedia of gardening thats good too. 

If you have plenty of time on cold winter nights, then the history of gardening, from William Robinson, to Gertrude Jekyll, to Marjory Fish, Vita Sackville West, anything by Beth Chatto, Christopher LLoyd. I also enjoyed the books by the plant hunters like Frank Kingdom  Ward,  Roy Lancaster 's book of Travels in China.

 The DVD set by Geoff Hamilton is still available, if you want basic gardening techniques. 

If you join the RHS you get a magazine every month which I keep  for reference. You can also take part in the seed distribution each year, which can throw up some rarities for you to try.

Quite a few question for experianced gardenerssss

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:07

The rosemary is dead.

what is this please?

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 21:54

definitely a Yucca.

problem raspberries

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 21:07

You can use pyrethrum, but you have to leave a gap between spraying and picking.

problem raspberries

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 21:01

Raspberry beetles. The larvae burrow into the fruit starting at the flower end. The result is  the brown hard bits around the fruit.

Pick off any larvae or beetles you find.  Brown with orange markings might be ladybird larvae, looking for aphids

Fish blood and bone

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 20:50

No, I was just forking it over to put some dahlias in. its very strange to find sausages growing in the garden.

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Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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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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ladybirds mating?

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