Latest posts by fidgetbones

Save my hedge?

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 20:41

The brown trees are dead. Remove and burn.

You can cut or trim green bits, but if you cut into brown wood, it will not regrow.   The brown bits inside are natural, they grow like that.

If you prune them way back, you will have ugly bare stems to look at, they will not resprout.


Posted: 30/03/2017 at 17:09

Only big corms will flower well. It depends on whether they had enough sun to beef up last year.  Gladioli corms are pretty cheap, so new ones each year will not break the bank.

lasagne layering /no dig gardening

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 17:01

I get mine delivered by the lorry load from a local farmer that has cows bedded on straw and lets out stables for horses bedded on wood shavings. He mixes it all up and composts it well before I get it. (£40 a tipper truck load) I just went and knocked on the door and asked it he sells it. It has no smell. If it smells it is not yet ready to mix in. Try local stables, they usually have a big pile somewhere.  The stuff you want is black, crumbly and the texture of crumbled peat.

 The self sufficient gardener by John Seymour is a good book for basics. (Amazon or the Book People)

Last edited: 30 March 2017 17:07:04

Save my hedge?

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 08:18

There seems to be some sort of blight affecting conifers. The all brown ones are dead, remove and burn. Cutting branches out that are dead may help the others, but sterilize secateurs or lopper blades with meths or surgical spirit.  Conifers will not resprout from brown wood. It may be transmitted by aphids, but there seems to be little you can do to prevent it.

Fern Identification

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 08:08

Dryopteris Filix mas looks a lot like that, forming clusters of leaves from a central rhizome. It may be easier to identify when the leaves have grown a bit to show its  overall shape.

Identifying animal poo in flower bed

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 19:55


lasagne layering /no dig gardening

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 20:58

I mix any well rotted manure in. If you are making the bed for the first time, mix it all up well to plant in, so that you have a good base. Carrots will fork in recently manured soil.  Potatoes will take as much well rotted manure as you can give it.  Squash will also like a lot.

After you have a good mix, you can just spread a layer of compost on top each year and plant through that.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 19:30

The after effects of Cyclone Debbie look awful.  I hope everyone we know based in Cairns is safe.

Are you outside of the windy area, Pat?

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 08:17

It's very easy, Fairygirl.although somehow, lots of other things to do keep cropping up. I like the no alarm, and get up when you feel like it best.

Hammamalis Death

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 17:25

Have you got acid soil? Hamamelis will usually only thrive if the soil is acidic.  I would test the soil before replanting.

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