Dovefromabove


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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:56
DyersEnd says:

I have serious nightingale envy now 


Dove, will give N Cornwall your love if you'll do the same for me in September, we sometimes go in the Autumn too. A couple of weeks (months?) ago you and Hosta were discussing Delabole and Setters and I had to smile. We went once and I asked how on earth they had such a big menu. Answer was 'we have a massive freezer'. It's long since closed down - can't think why.  ....




 Will do Dyers


It was, quite seriously, the worst place I've ever been ... not just the food but the service by the proprietors and the place in general - the chairs had pools of water in the seats which we had to ask to be dried.  No idea why we didn't walk out there and then .......... they didn't just have a big menu, they also had a permanently pinging microwave - my duck in honey sauce was welded to the plate - OH's fish was raw.  We were very hungry but even so ... we were the only people in there for the whole time we were there.   That time we were staying in a cottage between Delabole and Boscastle.  We've stayed all over Cornwall and Devon usually in very rural spots, but nowadays we usually stay in St Ives.

Difference between potting mix and compost

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:06

I've posted on your fertiliser thread. 

Best Fertlizers

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:01

Salmonella in commercial chicken flocks in the UK is virtually unheard of nowadays due to vaccination .  Large commercial poultry farmers are fined if their poultry is not routinely tested for salmonella.


As a point of interest, the US do not vaccinate their poultry, which is why their poultry meat is washed in chlorine 

Best Fertlizers

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:36

I use mainly Fish, Blood & Bone which is a slow-release organic fertiliser - it comes in powder or granules and can be mixed with the compost when potting on, or sprinkl.ed on the surface and watered in.


I also use Chicken Manure Pellets for veg which again can be sprinkled on the surface and watered in. 


I only use these two or three times a year at the most as they are slow release.


I use liquid tomato food for tomatoes, courgettes and flowering plants.  If you don't need to use it all in one go you can get a large plastic bottle or two to store it in a shady place, but please label it clearly with a permanent marker. 

Difference between potting mix and compost

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:30
NoviceHerbs says:

so the multi compost and john innes no 3 are effectively potting mix


See original post

 Yes, you've got it.


But JI No 3 is for large plants that will stay in the containers for a year or more - like container grown fruit trees, roses etc.  I use JI No 2 for other plants e.g. herbs.


I don't like using Miracle Grow - to me it's a bit like feeding plants on steroids - I prefer to use organic  fertilisers, but that's just my personal preference. 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 16:31:50

Please help with plant, tree and weed ID

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:25

The first is a flowering currant, Ribes sanguineum, http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ribes-sanguineum-pulborough-scarlet/classid.4331/ 


The second looks like Acanthus spinosus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/acanthus-spinosus/classid.2000018488/ 


Afraid I can't zoom enough to identify the third.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:19

You could mow and edge my grass Yvie 

Difference between potting mix and compost

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:18

However, there are several different types of potting mix/compost.


Some are soil-less, e.g. what is known as Multi Purpose Compost.  Some of these contain peat and some have coir and other materials replacing the peat.


The others are loam or soil-based potting mix/composts and are based on the John Innes formula. 


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=952 

I broke a bud off my maiden fruit tree.

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:57

To fan train a cherry properly so that it fruits well you have to shorten the main stem every year  - this site shows you how to do it.


Scroll down past espalier to fan training http://www.chepstowgardencentre.co.uk/product-range/58/how-to-train-a-fruit-tree 

Ants in Compost

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:53

It'll be fine to use.  Don't use ant powder - it's an indiscriminate insecticide.  Ants are probably in your compost because it's too dry and not turned often enough - keep it slightly damp and turned regularly and they'll go and live elsewhere.  

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