Latest posts by Dovefromabove

EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:19

I weed with a hoe

My big concern about glyphosate is that it is routinely sprayed onto grain and other seed crops shortly before harvest to hasten ripening. 

I'm not keen to eat bread, porridge and vegetable oil etc containing glyphosate. 

Pruning gooseberry bushes

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:11

I did mine in February - then in July I trim the new sideshoots back to 5 leaves.

Maybe up in Beechgrove-land the season's a bit late? 

Snails in pond

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 07:49

We made our pond in 2014 - we've had frogs visiting and this year the first frogspawn has arrived - some pics and lots of interesting stuff on this thread



Posted: 15/04/2016 at 07:20

Make sure you use loam-based compost and not multi-purpose. 

Snails in pond

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 07:19

They'll be great for the ecology of the pond - they eat algae etc and will keep the water clear.  Sounds perfect

To weed or not to weed? That is the question

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 06:58

I've come a bit late to this party ...

1.  looks more like hypericum than anything else

2.  looks like bergenia cordifolia to me

3.  looks like hypericum

and in the pretty container ...

pretty sure the purple one is aubretia

the white one to the side looks like arabis but it would help if we could see the leaves better

and there's a white heather in the middle.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 06:45

Good morning all  G'day Pat   What lovely visitors

Hope Lyn got some rest last night. 

7.9C here overnight and it's still at that temperature - I had hoped to do some gardening today but it looks live heavy drizzle has set in.  I may do some pricking out on the dining room table ...

Help to Identify this Shrub

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 22:36
Contact Durham Uni Botanical whatnot and send them a pic. They'll be bound to have an email address somewhere

Unidentified tree

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 21:01

Apparently the autumn colour is better on acid soil

Molly the Witch in trouble

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 20:42


I think the red deadnettle sets off the touches of red in the stems and veins of the leaves just perfectly.  

Very sensible to grow cleavers too Nut - very useful as a medicinal herb, slightly laxative and diuretic and fantastic in a vegetable soup said to have slimming properties  (not that either of you have need of such a soup)

My Molly is looking healthy but no sign of buds last time I checked (I'll have another look tomorrow).  I wonder if it gets too much shade in the west facing bed?  It might be a candidate to be transplanted into the new sunny bed we're making in the back garden

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