Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Can't get rid of Whitefly..... HELP!

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 15:48

Is it possible to put the growbags onto boards and drag them outside into the sunshine, fresh air and rain ?

The uncertainty of gardening

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 14:15

Something different always happens here ... even this year when for once I thought I'd have time to do everything properly I go and break my foot so the garden has six weeks to try to run riot ... if it hadn't been for Wonky and OH we'd be surrounded by a jungle 

The uncertainty of gardening

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 13:56
nutcutlet says:

the uncertainty is what I love. Even the same plants are different every year. You grow something new from seed, something dies and opens up a new space, never boring.

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 Without the uncertainty all you're doing is some sort of 'exterior decorating' ... you might as well fill the garden with artificial plants and flowers.  

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 13:53

I've just picked our first runner beans ....... I can't remember ever picking runners this early before .... and I've just made a batch of Summer Veg soup ... sort of minestrone ... we have yellow courgettes, Swiss chard, runner beans and lots of basil from the garden, plus a couple of onions and a yellow pepper and a couple of sticks of celery from the salad drawer, a tin of tomatoes and a tin of cannellini beans and some Marigold bouillon powder ...... voilá .... a big batch of soup .... I've had some for lunch today, OH will have some for lunch tomorrow when I'm out and there'll still be loads left ........ 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 13:50

Are there railings at the top of the stairs?  Could you hang windowbox type thingies anywhere?  

Or maybe something like this 

or a hanging basket ... you can grow little Tumbling Tom tomatoes in a hanging basket ... too late for this year but if you tell Father Christmas early he may be able to buy hanging baskets and stuff like that in the end of summer sales this year 


Posted: 24/07/2017 at 13:23

Thank you for your message in which you say

"Thankyou for that information.  however will mowing the grass and putting in the composter encourage more fungi to grow in the veggie patch when the waste matter is used to mulch the soil? "

No ... it doesn't really work like that ... the mycelium which is the major part of the fungus spreads unseen underground ... the toadstools produce the spores which float in the air on the breeze ... and they're floating around all over the place, spreading from everyone's  gardens, woodlands and hedgerows.  

The action of fungi is an essential part of breaking down of organic matter in the soil in order to make it available for your plants to grow .......  so you need fungi in your compost heap.  

No fungi ... no plants .... all part of the wonderful circle of life  

Courgette issues!

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 12:59

And of course, the more you pick the more fruit the plant will produce 

Plant ID please

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 12:53

The first pic looks to me like Stachys palustris - Marsh woundwort. 

The large leaved plant looks similar to me to  Datura stramonium -  Thornapple 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 11:56

Dacha ... we occasionally get flocks of your waxwings over here in the winter ... they descend on our berried hedgerows and garden shrubs and strip them bare ... lovely tinkling sound they make 

Hedgehog Shelter

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 11:47

Don't they make a lot of noise about it ... OH is a light sleeper and they regularly wake him up with all their huffing and puffing ... not to mention sliding the dish around on the terrace.  

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