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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

July in the garden!!

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 16:24

Thanx   Been really rewarding this year despite the rotten weather

Do you fancy an ivy covered wall?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 14:08

The thing I find most sad about all this is that the neighbours knew the old lady had left yet didn't take it upon themselves to cut it back themselves.  And even worse, it was probably because of fears of prosecution for trespass or elf & saftey.


Posted: 13/07/2012 at 14:04

I'll be out with the torch tonight in the rain - need to find the beggars who have ruined 3 dahlias grrr

What an exciting Friday night!  Maybe a visit to the pub beforehand is in order.....

Deutzia - should it stay or should it go now

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 14:01

Oh 'eck Pam - now you've confused me!  Looks like I've got to find space for all 3 then - help I need a bigger garden!

July in the garden!!

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 13:55
Gracie5 wrote (see)

A lovely wildlife haven you have there, HyppyByker. My kind of garden!!

Thanx Gracie - really trying hard to make it so


gardeningfantic wrote (see)

@hyppybyker.. wehre did you get those plant supports form i woul dlove some of them for mine..

I followed Monty's instructions on GW last June - 6mm round steel rods from the steel merchants, they come in 6m lengths, then the other half cut them to length, bent them round various sized tubs and buckets, bent up the ends and hey presto!

I'm really pleased with how they've turned out - they're really easy to get in the ground, no faffing with twine and they look nice.  Downside is they're rusty so messy esp when wet and I've got to sort out where to store them over winter.  Worth it tho.

I've got quite a few rods left over so I'm getting him to make a corkscew support for some soneysuckle this weekend

Certainly helps to have a man who can


Posted: 12/07/2012 at 16:55

That's what I'm planning to do - I've got a lovely big stand on a place that will be 're-assigned' next year so I've left a few seedlings to grow elsewhere to take it's place.

As you say such a beauty in the frost and even now with rain hanging on every frond.  And i'm sure I've got far more ladybirds this year because of it - there were masses in there

Deutzia - should it stay or should it go now

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 16:52

That would be my instinct too - so it's out with the deutzia and donate it to someone else

Thanx Gracie

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