Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Is my pear tree sick?

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 18:48

There are several experienced gardeners on this forum who will vouch for the fact that 'speaking severely' to plants, and even threatening them with 'the shredder' works wonders for their co-operation the following year. 

To paint or not

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 18:30

I agree ... those bright colours need bright sunlight. 

Last edited: 08 August 2017 18:34:07

who's this chap?

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 17:53

He's very handsome 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 17:51
raisingirl says:

Hey Dove - pistachio and courgette cake - yum  

See original post

 Isn't it just 

Linda Taylor's cakes sound good too 

I've made a cheesecake ... got to keep my calcium levels up 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 16:02
Dachalover says:

... In Moscow it's all centrally supplied heating turn the heat down traditionally open the windows 

 Yes, my Russian ex DIL never ever understood my son's anxiety about heating bills when she had the heating on full blast 24/7 and the windows open 

Belriccio tomatoes

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 15:58

For newcomers to growing them, it's worth bearing in mind that most of the beefsteak varieties are so named because they are almost solid flesh inside with fewer seed 'compartments' as there are in ordinary tomatoes.  You can slice across them and hardly see a seed ... but this solid flesh is wonderfully tasty either in a salad or grilled or baked and treated almost like a 'steak' or 'burger'.  

Gradual Steep slope

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 15:27

Most conifer roots are fairly shallow ... I suggest taking the branches off and using the trunk as a lever to rock the tree ... my bet is that it'll come out pretty easily then.  

Fungus on lawn help

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 14:21

Just scrape them off if you don't like them being there ... they will only appear in certain weather conditions so as Nut says, you may not see them again for a long while

Digging them out is impossible and just makes holes in your lawn needlessly.  Mycelium spreads under the ground ... there is one in the US which is 2.4km x 3.8km!  Wherever you walk in the countryside you are likely to have fungal mycelium beneath your feet. 

Last edited: 08 August 2017 14:22:05

Dying Roses

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 13:20

I would buy in some bags of rotted farmyard manure from the garden centre. 

Plants and herbs infestation

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 13:04

I assure you that even in the UK we can grow sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, parley outside in our gardens or windowboxes ............... they are all thriving in my garden in Norfolk.  Even lemons are ok outside in most of the UK until the first frosts arrive, as long as they're given well drained soil.

Most herbs are happiest in poor soil, so stop fertilising them ... you're promoting soft growth which is encouraging the aphids.  

I understand that without an outside space it's difficult ... but surely you have a brightly lit windowsill somewhere ... and somewhere less humid.  

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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