Latest posts by fidgetbones

Clematis ' Doctor Mary '

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 18:40

What are you going to call that? It looks like an edwardian ladies skirt.

foxglove seedlings

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 18:38

I would get them in now while the soil is warm.  They will carry on growing. In a pot they are likely to be rootbound by now and will slow down.

Wall defender

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 15:35

I would use berberis.

planting a woodland area

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 15:25

Don't forget the chair.

Gardening For The Elderly

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 13:58

Well, you've not given us a lot to go on.

Does she have a window box or an acre of veg patch?

Id she able bodied or in a wheelchair?

How old is she?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 13:45

I've picked all the borlotti beans and shelled them. Some are not hard. To cook them, do I just add them to soups and stews, or do I soak first?  I intend freezing them, then just adding to soups during the winter. Is this OK. ? I know you are supposed to fully dry them, then soak before use, but I thought this would be more convenient.

6 X Fertilizer

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 08:43

Sprinkle it thinly in Spring. You only need a handful per square yard. It is much stronger than farm yard manure or compost, use it as a fertilizer, not a mulch. Using it now would lead to soft growth before the winter which is likely to be damaged by a harsh winter.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 08:40

Re  Last GW of the year. Surely there must be something gardening wise to fill a slot once a week, even if it's only gardens we have visited.  The national collection holders would be a start.  Follow that with National garden scheme openers.   A rerun of how to propagate plants for free.  Any other ideas? I probably should start a new thread on this.

Things to do in Winter...

Well the garden has yet to be put to bed. Dahlias are still flowering, I don't lift until after first frost. Leaves seem to drop off the leaves later and later. Our brown bin collection stops far too early also. I don't bin grass cuttings or prunings, but anything diseased goes in and tap roots. Neighbours who don't compost, have a bin full of grass cuttings going slimy until spring.

The road sweeper came around yesterday. The bin men came this morning. Bits blowing around again.

The American presidential election seems to have degenerated into who has the least mud stick. I have no idea what their policies are. I don't get a vote, but my friends three children were all born there, currently living there, and are as confused as anyone else.  Do they vote for the one they hate the least.  Why isn't there a box on polling cards to say "None of the above". At least we have monster raving loony party if you want to cast a protest vote.

Square foot gardening - crop rotation?

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 10:52

Onion family in particular need to be moved around on at least a three year rotation to avoid Onion rot. Brassica family (cabbages etc) are also best rotated to avoid club root. Both are fungal diseases, growing them in a fresh place means that the reservoir of infection is reduced.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 10:08

Thank you, everyone. I think hubby forgot when he went off to work this morning, but we are going out for a meal tonight at the Chinese that we had our first date.(in 1998) You can't hurry these things you know.

Oh DD you are in the wars. I hope they sort it out soon.

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