Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Help - unexpected greenhouse tomato management

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:41

Sounds like you're doing just fine - you're a neighbour to treasure 


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:38

Congrats on the canna Pdoc - Hosta gave me one he'd grown from seed - his are in flower in his polytunnel - mine is growing but showing no signs of flowering in my sunniest spot in Norfolk 

But on a sunnier note ... I'm having a lovely morning out in the garden painting the garden furniture, accompanied by croaking frogs 


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:04

Our first pattypan squash of the season 

curled leaves on pepper plant

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 10:55

If night temperatures drop below 10C it might do better if it comes in at night - but mine are outside in a sheltered spot and producing just fine.  

gallery of shame

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 10:45
B3 says:

What about getting a plastic lean to. You'd be up to speed in no time at all

See original post

 but what would I lean it against? 

Mystery plant, help needed please!

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 09:54

In my limited experience of Californian and Welsh poppies, that looks Welsh to me.  Californian are more orangey yellow with blue-green leaves.  The Californian also have long pointy seedheads, if I remember correctly.

gallery of shame

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 07:58

We have a clematis-covered trellis bin store in the front garden -  the wheelbarrow lives there with the bins, secured by a chain and padlock - just in case.  That's the only place we have to put things where we can't see them, and it's full up now 

Fig Tree - Problem?

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 07:53

What variety is it?  If it's Brown Turkey you should get fruit from it if it lives in a sunny sheltered corner and you're able to give the embryo fruits a bit of protection in the winter.

If it's another variety it may well need to go into a greenhouse over the winter.  .  

White rabbits!

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 07:34

We did the throwing salt over our shoulder thing, to keep the devil away ...but only if we spilt salt. 

Dry clay soil

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 07:19

Not sure what good plaster boards and sand would do   Are you thinking of the gypsum it contains to improve the soil?  Plaster board nowadays also contains loads of other stuff and I believe it is controlled environmental waste - I wouldn't use it on my garden.  

You just need organic matter and lots of it.  Clay soil can be the most fertile in the world if it is improved ... every year add layers of farmyard manure, home made compost, whatever organic matter you can get your hands on.

When Pa bought a run down farm on the clay land of High Suffolk in the 50s it was considered to be poor land and worth little - virtually impossible to far  because the soil had so much clay that machinery became stuck in it after just a little rain ... 30 years later it fetched the highest price for agricultural land in Suffolk that year, because it had been improved with year after year of good straw-based manure from the pig and cattle yards.  

Lay the manure on top of the soil in the autumn and let the worms drag it down over the winter, then fork it over in the spring when the weather improves and the land's not wet - that way you don't break up the soil structure.  

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Normal for Norfolk???

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Wot izzit?

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