Latest posts by fidgetbones

Eradicating Horseradish

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:15

If you only paint the leaves with a glyphosate gel, that should work. It is safe in a veggie patch, it decomposes when it hits the soil. It is not persistent in the soil and will not affect future crops. Otherwise, dig it up once a year, use the root, and hey presto next year you have another one.

Green / Brown mix

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 10:30

Have a look on gumtree for shredders. You may pick up one cheap, or now its end of season, the sheds(A & Z et al ) will be reducing them

 Getting the bits small is essential. You can use a rotary mower, but a shredder does a better job. I use builders bags for the first heat up. Put all your shredding in and mix in all the grass clippings. That heats up, and may go a bit dry. Then mix in the next lot of grass clippings. It often heats up again at this point. I then shovel it all into a bin to mature. If its a bit dry, turn the hosepipe on it.  Let the worms play around in it for a month or three.

If its still a bit chunky, use it as mulch. Worms take down the fine stuff in to the soil, leaving chunks on the surface as mulch.

Vertical gardens

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:00

However, if he is advertising, he gets nil points, as I still haven't a clue what he's on about.

Mulching, what's best to use

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 07:55

If you can fork it in, it will act faster in breaking up the clay. Otherwise, it is reliant on worms, and solid clay may not have many worms. If you are mulching around shrubs, then you can't fork it in, just carry on what you are doing.

0/10 for garden design for me!!

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 18:26

I would dress the fences with clematis, . If you get the type that can be sheared to a foot every year, they will clothe the fences all summer, and tidy up for winter. For perennials, visit a garden centre once a month from March to September, picking something in flower each month. Bulbs then go in the gaps between the perennials.


Posted: 20/08/2016 at 18:18

Just had the neighbours round. They have lost their twelve week old bengal cat. We searched the garden but I suspect it has gone for good. Apparently it was very expensive. It's not been home for dinner for three days. The little girl was very upset. I didn't like to say it has probably been catnapped.

A bit of rain here but not enough. The garden is still very dry.

Polka raspberries have started colouring up, just picked the first bowlful. Yum


Posted: 20/08/2016 at 17:30

Tom Daley peaked a day too early

Top of the preliminaries yesterday

Bottom of the semi final today

Vance Miller (11)

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 17:23

They have only just been locked up. Are they running this from jail cells?

Himalayan birch and ginkgo biloba advice

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 23:52

Birch will regrow from pollarding. Maintaining it to 3m will only be possible if you lollipop the tree. I hate lollipopped trees. They just don't look natural.


Posted: 19/08/2016 at 23:42

Nice to see the team singing the National anthem. So many don't seem to know the words, not just Brits but often Teams from other countries stand there stony faced.  I think if you represent your country then you should know the anthem.

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