Latest posts by fidgetbones

Weeds and bramble

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 16:01

Welcome to the forum.

For land like that, dig out as much of the roots of brambles as you can. I would treat the lot with a spray of glyphosate, as a one off to kill all the perennial weeds , of which you will have many.  It will translocate down in to the roots  and kill them off over a period of a few weeks.  Then you can hire a rotavator and rotavate the lot. It is no good rotavating before you kill the perennial weeds as they will come back many fold.    Then you can either plant it up, or cover with thick black plastic to keep it clear until you plant it next spring. I know it would be nice to have stuff in this year, but inadequate preparation of the ground this year  will mean you are forking out things like bindweed,field thistle,  docks etc for years to come.

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 08:21

Certainly the local auction and local charity shops round here have good china  tea sets for  less than Ikea charge for nasty pot mugs. Most of them seem to have been in cabinets their whole lives and only ever used for best.. high days and holidays.    Floral is out of fashion for general use but ideal for your tea shop. 


Posted: 26/05/2017 at 08:15

Yes. Sow them now in a tray or a shady part of the garden. It is hot now, so could inhibit germination. make sure the soil is well watered and sprinkle thinly. They may take up to six weeks to germinate. If you have a packet of each, try sowing half of each now, and save some to autumn sow when it is cooler.  If sowing in a tray, prick off into three inch pots and they should go in final position as soon as the roots fill those pots.  If you have a nursery bed, leave them in in and move the plants to final position after they start growing and sending up the first few leaves next spring.

Can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 23:49

It does. It is not a pest in my dry sandy soil, odd leaves pop up. If they are in the wrong place, they pull out. I think the leaves smell of bitter oranges.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 23:31

The crowds are why I don't go. I tend to avoid London anyway.  I do have tickets for Chatsworth, it's on the doorstep and it is promised to be different. 

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 23:28

As you come out of the dark times, remember the best revenge is to live well. I wish you all the best luck in the world. Ten years down the line, you will feel fantastic and all the hard work will be worth it.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 23:21

Well, my money is on Chris Beardshaw getting the peoples award.


Posted: 25/05/2017 at 19:31

It is a coloured form of Broom. Cytisus scoparius.

Prune after flowers fade  gently. Do not cut into old wood.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 12:18

27C in the greenhouse with doors open and top windows open.

The nettles  I pulled out yesterday are still on the grass, wilting so they take up less room in the dustbin.

I have a yellow rose in bloom. Since it got murdered last year along with everything else on the pergola, that is an achievement. The honeysuckle is growing at a pace, and the wisteria survived but didn't flower.

Year round bulb planter

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 12:09

Its called lasagne planting. You have early bulbs like snowdrops or crocus on the edge. below that you plant early daffodils, below that are later tulips. I found it only really worked for one year and then you have to get new bulbs and replant.

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