Latest posts by HyppyByker

Nettle Fertiliser

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 08:37

I have quite a lot of wood ash - how do I best use that?  It's so fine that it wold blow away sprinkling it straight on the soil or can I mix it with nettle juice and water it in?


Posted: 22/04/2013 at 10:40

Just been on the interhort website and the HUmax produacts all say peat based.  Can't find Erin's Excel anywhere :S


Posted: 22/04/2013 at 10:34

I've done OK with Verve for seeds and pots but agree it doesn't seem to last well in pots so I'm going to go for something better now as I've got a lot of things to pot on and don't want to be wasting water (or time).

So thanx for the tips for Humax & Erin's Excel

Looking for good quality peat free compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 10:27

How did you get on Hannah?  Are you still using New Horizon or have you found anything else since?

Just about to order some on line becasue the local places' stuff isn't up to much

Jet Stream finally moving up

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 12:47

Rain, we need rain! whodathunk we'd be saying that 3 months ago!  Bit owrried the satellite maps show it might miss me in the Cheshire Gap

But the warmth and sunshine will be very welcome



Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 08:54

I have one to tackle this autumn - it's been in the wrong place 2 years longer than it should have been and hs grown quite large.


I'm sure I heard or read on/in Gardeners' World that the reason before you should dig around the root-ball and fill with loose compost so any damage is repaired before you move it and it's easier to dig up - did I dream it?

Using nettle & comfrey juice

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 19:57

It is pretty foul isn't it?

That helps I think so I'll get feeding with the comfrey and leave the nettle to the compost - thanx


Using nettle & comfrey juice

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 07:29

Forgive me if there's already a thread on this but I can't find anything.

Last year I made litres of nettle juice with just a bit of comfrey in and then I realised it was nitrogen-rich so worried that it wasn't what I needed for flowers and fruit.  This year I've just got comfrey on the go as I think I heard it has more potassium in it so would be better for flowers & fruit.

What's the best use of them both and at what stage in a plants life?

Built up a new compst bin at the weekend and watered it in with the nettle juice so I reckon that should be pretty good

What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 16:59

Meadowsweet i the bog garden is ENORMOUS and I noticed some in the wild much taller and denser than normal.  My one rose has flowered continuously for weeks and weeks with no sign of the buds letting up - will definitely try to water more in hot years in future. 

Self-set calendular and giant nasturiums are everywhere and flowering abundantly.  The lupins have been stunning but the leaves are like lace curtains from the slugs n snails now

Horsetail - Help!

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 16:43

That's brilliant!  I wondered why their lawn wasn't affected - that must be it.

Cheers asperge

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