Latest posts by Verdun

Gooseberry Sawfly

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 12:15

Have used neem oil over winter for past couple of sawfy; so far.  We will see this year 

Is there anything missing from this home made compost?

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 12:13

Hiya Roy

newsprint has concentrated levels of ink ....used to be worse but still wont add it to compost heap for that reason.  

cardboard?  I have added it when chopped up but prefer to incinerate it and rake ashes into soil.  not convinced it does much in the heap except make it difficult to turn it 

Is there anything missing from this home made compost?

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 08:51

Not keen on adding cardboard....shredded paper sometimes though but not newspapers. 


HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 07:32

Morning everybody 

if you are reading this Happymarion hope you are well...

beautiful morning ..just a touch of frost locally

Delphinium looking a bit sorry for itself?

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:43

Too much water I think CraighB and a little colder overnight lately. delphs need moisture during the warm growing season but not right now.  Don't overdo the fertiliser either. 

I find delphiniums can be variable.....I grow a few of them and some thrive and the odd one or two struggle.  My best though grow where it is a little drier. 

A tomato question

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:32

Much as I intended to say Bob.

fleecing during cold nights will help to reduce temp fluctuations at this time of year.  I also leave gh door open during the day to reduce temps.  Toms dislike wide temp fluctuations 

Cut back kniphofia foliage?

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:29

Why would anyone cut off fresh green foliage?  Knips are vigorous plants but if this was done on many others vigour would be affected.  Since we give advice here we should remember that new leaves, in principle at least, should never be removed. 

Regular removal of new leaves will, eventually take its toll  

Is there anything missing from this home made compost?

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 20:29

Yes, they will stop compost gettimg too wet but they will take much longer to rot down.  Try to cut them as small as poss though 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 20:26

Tigs, I love lupins.  Nothing quite like those spires in late May to July 

Is there anything missing from this home made compost?

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 19:49

CraighB, looks good to me ...a thin layer of soil now and then helps too.    Everything to be cut up and dispersed into other things 

The crucial thing is to turn it regularly........

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