Latest posts by fidgetbones

Tomato plant

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 22:20

They look healthy enough. If the roots fill the pots, pot them on into 15cm or 6 inch pots.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 22:14

Well the greenhouse didn't need any attention while I was away.

Two large binbags of seaweed came home with me. Very useful are volvo estates.

I picked the dry black bladderwrack from the top tideline.  The stuff I left behind was washed in a bucket, then sprinkled around the tatty patch to mulch/rot on the top. The bags I have bought home, I intend washing, drying, then shredding and adding to a dustbin of comfreyfeed from last year, plus any more comfrey leaves I can scavenge to make Fidgets super duper tomato food. Dilute to weak tea colour to use.

 Nettles will go into a dustbin of nettle feed from last year, for use on brassicas. 

You will  note I have these dustbins as far away from the house as possible. It tends to get a bit pongy.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 21:23

Hi everyone. I have been in wet Wales for  a few days, and no T'interweb so  out of touch. We arrived to find the potato patch was not dug over to my satisfaction, so I cracked the whip. We left the two men forking out roots and went to Crug Farm to show her what can be done with the area currently shaded out by large conifers. I  succumbed to a few choice plants and  then I planted potatoes. This morning I went on Criccieth beach to gather seaweed. Four binbags full later, two got washed and spread on the tatty bed, and two came home with us. I did indulge in a triple ice cream at Cadwaladers for my trouble.

I was going to take some photos of the wooded area, but this morning we were in low cloud, it was thick and drizzly.  I guess the tatts won't need watering in.

Well done to wonky and DD for their good news. Fingers crossed for Clarington.

Any ideas what this is?

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 21:36

It looks like a Lily.

Reusing old compost with artificial fertlizer

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 21:31

Yes, but use it for different plants. E.g. do not use it for tomatoes two years running. I use my old tomato compost to grow the next years spring bulbs.

Plant ID help please. Causes itchy rash?

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 19:33

I have had experience of it. It got consigned to the shredder along with Phlomis fruticosa.

Plant ID help please. Causes itchy rash?

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 18:49

Fremontodendron californicum by any chance?

Yes the hairy bits can cause a rash.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 07:31

It's terrible isn't it? Offers to go away for a break, but who looks after the baby seedlings and garden?

It's why most of our  holidays are in the period October to February.  Anyway,  in summer I am quite happy in our own garden, provided it's not raining of course.

Training roses up a building

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 07:02

I think you would have to put up posts and wires.

If you can get hold of the old book by Gertrude  Jekyll called "Roses for English Gardens", there are photos of stout posts, with  strong rope swagged between them to form  a frame to grow ramblers on. It looks like something out of a very expensive wedding flower set up.

 I think someone copied it at Chelsea either last year or the year before. Everyone was cooing as if it was a new idea.

Also see Queen Marys rose garden in Regents Park in June.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 06:49

Well done DD. I gave up running when I went past a 34 DD. Too much danger of knocking myself out.

Hosta , I would love to have bees, but since hubby was diagnosed as prediabetic and is supposed to be on low carb diet, I fear the temptation to have honey slathered all over everything would be too great.

Clari, well done. I totally admire your perseverance.  There is no way I would put up with the winter you have just had.  I like my home comforts too much. I missed the bit about the job? About time you had an employer who appreciates you ( and pays you on time/provides pension/ etc)

Today I have to get everything ready to be left on its own for a couple of days. I would like this area of the midlands to be dull, so I can just leave the greenhouse closed up and not worry about everything drying out. North Wales, I would like to be sunnyish or at least dry.  Thank you weatherman.

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