Latest posts by Obelixx

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:55

I grill my bacon as I like the fat to crisp up a bit and I do mushrooms in butter with herbs and a bit of garlic - but then it's always brunch time if I do a cooked breakfast, not crack of dawn.   Grilled slices of Irish black pudding cos I like the oats and beaked beans too.


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:52

Yes.  A good framework transports the nutrients which provide the oomph for all the new shoots to grow.  You then intervene and prune those shoots to encourage them to make flower buds.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 15:20

Your questions have been answered with great patience.  If you have taken the time to research RHS advice, why question it on here?  And why be rude?

If, as you say, you are a cook, you surely know the only way to see if a recipe works or a flavour combination is good, is to try it so, for heaven's sake, go and try planting something and use the compost advised for the purpose.   In metaphor - don't try and use pasta flour to bake a light fluffy cake.


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 15:16

Some wisteria can take a few years to get established and flower.   They also to be pruned twice a year to encourage the formation of flowering shoots.  There's some good advice on this RHS page - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242

FInally seen my Hedgehog

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 15:04

It is a holey fence with gaps big enough for kittens and, no doubt, hogs.  Trouble is we have a terrier cross who likes to "mother" hogs so I'd rather they stayed over there or hid where she is less likely to find them and try to pick them up and bring them home to me.   Much yelping from the dog mixed with squeals of "Mum, I've found a hog" and the hogs aren't too keen on the process either.

I'll keep an eye out and probably build them a shelter in a wild corner but otherwise not encourage them in the main garden.

FInally seen my Hedgehog

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 14:53

It is, and doesn't go off as fast as wet food.  I have both for our cats but have yet to find any hogs in this new garden but I know there's one next door.

FInally seen my Hedgehog

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 14:37

Cat food is also good, especially if you find an underweight hog in autumn.  It will build up its reserves very nicely.

re-using soil

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 14:34

Soil, in and on the ground, gets re-used every year, for millennia.  Sensible gardeners and farmers rotate crops and improve the soil to maintain health and productivity of both soil organisms and crops.

Planting media - aka compost in pots and troughs and baskets - should be used once and then discarded as a soil conditioner or addition to a compost heap.

Your questions are becoming persistently repetitive and rather dumb now and you are consistently disregarding advice, freely and generously given by many.  Either you are a deliberate pest or you are all talk and no trousers and need to get your hands dirty and try things.  I, for one, will be using the Ignore button from now on.

Allium Leaves

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 14:26

Leaves are the food factory so I leave mine until they have turned brown and can be pulled off with ease.  I certainly wouldn't cut them back by half as this is a major wound and can invite infection as well as diverting energy to heal.

If you grow you alliums through other perennials their foliage is less unsightly.

Mossy lawn and weedy planting beds

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 13:30

Shade alone won't cause moss but it won't help and the trees will also be robbing the grass of nutrients so feed it.  Raising the canopy of your trees by removing lower branches and, maybe, thinning some of the rest will certainly help bring in extra light.

Enjoy.   It will be worth it.

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