Latest posts by fidgetbones

Busy Lizzie lightly frosted!

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 12:07

If they are that badly damaged they are likely to succumb to moulds, rots and mildews. Bring them in to the warm if you want to try and rescue them.

Lidl Compost

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 12:06

Moominmama. You will need to add some base fertiliser to it. Chempak make a suitable one, or Phostrogen,  or give it a good handful of Blood fish and bonemeal.  2 oz to a 2 gallon bucketful.  You may also need to add something to alkalise it if it is acidic such as dolomitic limestone or calcified seaweed. Home made compost is brilliant for soil texture, but does not have a lot of nutrients.


Posted: 09/05/2017 at 11:30

Prune it down to a growing shoot on each branch. Repot it. Feed it with tomato fertiliser or phostrogen once a week through the summer.


Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:53

Is it dry? or exposed to too much wind?

 My boggy bit is bone dry at the moment. We have had no rain for what seems like months.

What is the this?

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:51

It looks willowherb ish. It could be one of the cultivated Epilobiums  , it looks too well grown for fireweed.  Leave it a week or two, and it will flower. If you like it , keep it. If you don't , be ruthless and dig it out. A weed is just a plant in the wrong place.  I see what look like some welsh poppy seedlings poking out around it.  I keep them, others think they are weeds.

New to Begonia Fragrant Falls Apricot Delight

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:44

My mum grows these in hanging baskets. Flower pouches are just like small grow bags of compost with a hanging loop. They will do fine in pots, hanging over the edges, but they are not climbers.

Ailing raspberry plants

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 20:36

I would let them fruit this year, and after they have finished fruiting, cut the fruited cane right down to the ground. You should have new canes coming up which will not fruit this year. You keep these to fruit  next year.

Need advice for newly planted tomato seeds

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 18:52

You prick them out when the two seed leaves are fully expanded. One plant to a 7 cm pot of compost.  When the roots fill that pot, they can go in a larger pot.  Hold the seedling by the seed leaf and not the stem. If you crush the stem it will die.

 a good little video demonstrating here.

Last edited: 08 May 2017 18:56:02

Californian Lilac Ceanothus help required

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 18:50

Pull it back out and check the root ball. If it is a congested mass, tease out some of the roots. Soak it in a bucket of water before replanting. It looks dehydrated to me.  If it was pot bound before planting, it may not be absorbing water from the surrounding soil.

Ailing raspberry plants

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 18:47

How long have you had them?

Do you know the type?  Primocane (autumn fruiters) and Floricane(summer fruiters have to be pruned differently.

Raspberries usually just have a mulch around them. They do not do well in competition with other plants.

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