Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 07:32

Oh dear....12 views but no advice...! 


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 07:24

I have to collect some bags of compost later but now thinking of mushroom compost instead.

it's the weight thing.......I can get 60 litres of multi purpose compost or 60 litres of mushroom compost. I want whatever is the lightest though.  

Advice would be appreciated 


Rescuing soil after years of membrane and stones?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 07:12

Yes digging over to remove big stones Thirtybyseven.  Not sure about a gardeners' bible though.

as far as raised beds are comcerned I think these are over rated.  They bring their own problems.......possibly making a too free draining soil for example.....but in wet areas they are useful.  Better to spend time making the existing soil more productive by digging in heavy organic matter 


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 07:05

Hello forkers 

quiet, warm, dry bit cloudy here.  Took spike for early walk....lovely 

Looks like I missed a bunch of comversation about religion.  Not for me but for those who have a faith it is sustaining.  Saw my young sister taken with cancer after having a baby and her faith was wonderful to behold. feeling is those with a religion should be "better" people than the rest of us. If they are close to god, have his spirit on them and regularly understand and learn about him then this should rub off to create caring, loving and non judgemental people.  It doesnt do that.  

And if a god exists he would care about his creation.....this world and humankind. Instead he has created danger, cruelty, evil and fhe rest.  No, not a god I like very much. sorry God but you didn't help me win the lottery did you?  and I did ask! 

enjoy your weekend folks 

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 06:53

Well, not sure what Monty said...yet to see prog...but my leaves are almost totally removed now for past 2 weeks.

bumper crops ripening beautifully every day.  because fhe leaves have gone good air circulation and sunshine are keeping everything healthy.

Rescuing soil after years of membrane and stones?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 22:08

So many people I know are removing these awful membranes...only this morning I was talking to a lady who has removed one anf found the soil stale, hard and lifeless.  Thats the cost of this stuff.

get as much compost, manure, anything in there.  Mix it to a depth of 30 to 60 cm.

however it does depend on high a raised bed you intend Thirtybyseven.  If you aim to raise it by 30 cm or more a loosening up of the existing soil is all that is required.  

Tomato blight treatment help

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 22:00

I would eimply spray with water. red spider detests water.  Neem oil is a big no from me

Conifer tips browning

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:30

Most comifers will behave like that Bonsai Marc.  leaves will be cut and brown.  They take time but with new spring growth these will be fine.  I find only the yews...taxus....are unaffected by this pruning.  

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:27

Chris,  from sunny cornwall 

you can cut back to encourage shoots lower down.  A little on the late side but you can still do it now.  Dont push it too much though and use the cut material for cuttings.  They will root easily enough

if your aeonium is small then leave it until the spring But if big enough then go ahead

aeonium is a naturally leggy plant will  ever win the "best body award"........but you should be able to get it to branch a little more

Kleine Silberspinne

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:21

No staffsmags don't feed

its still a little early generally for miscanthus to flower.  Earlier here than average I guess but another month yet before flowering.

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