Latest posts by fidgetbones

Salvia "Amistad"

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 17:33

Cutting off the flowering shoots now will make them branch and you will have better plants in the end. Pot them on into six inch pots if the  roots fill the pots  they are currently in.

Am I too late

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 17:31

Assuming you are only cutting less than a third of the total branches off, it should be OK. I would not cut it back hard at this time.  Old rose plants should only have up to a third of the stems removed at any one time. To rejuvenate an old plant, remove one third of old wood each year for three years.

toms have given up !

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:24

They look to  me like not enough light and too much heat.  If you can stand them outside against a wall during the day and bring in at night , it might toughen them up a bit.

Using shredded ivy

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:20

Dried ivy burns really well.

Cutting back Beech Hedge in April

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 19:54

Yes, that is exactly what will happen. I cut a beech hedge down hard as it was too big. It took 2 years to fully clothe the cut side again.

Is this a weed?

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 14:44

Euphorbia lathyris or caper spurge. Wear gloves while handling.  The white sap will burn the skin when exposed to sunshine.

Novice needs advice

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 22:24

If you have cut all the brambles to the ground, previously, now they will be sprouting. Use a sharp spade to sever the roots as low down as you can. I'm sorry , but there is no easy way around this but hard work. I think you have a lovely place, it should be a paradise for young children to play.

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.

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