Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 07:20

So not a truly academic scientific experiment then Chicky - duh!  

I'll be interested in the over-wintering and taking cuttings side of this - now that I've got a sunnier bed 

Help identify a shrub please

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 07:08

Yes -  that's the one - it's sometimes known as Mexican Orange blossom because of the perfume 

White flowered lavender

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 07:04

I would buy a couple of large plants and take loads of cuttings

it's the right time to do it now and is much the cheapest way.  

You should have some sturdy little plants to plant out next spring 


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 06:52

Morning Chicky   shame about the office thing 

No male pumpkin flowers

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 06:32

My squashes are mainly producing male flowers - maybe we should introduce them? 

But seriously   most squashes start off producing mostly male flowers and then the females come along - I've not heard of them doing it the other way round.  Could you acquire another squash plant (maybe  a courgette/marrow etc from a garden centre) which is just beginning to flower?  Plant it nearby and it can pollinate your pumpkins for you.  

That's the best solution I can think of.  Good luck 


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 06:19

Good morning all 

Blue skies and sunshine here again   A little fresher than of late, but 15C and rising. 

My cactus has turned black at the bottom and snapped off, what do I do?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 06:04
It sounds to me as if some rot has set in, probably due to over-watering.  Keep your cactus soil dry - only water very occasionally, and hopefully the rot won't spread.  
Keeping it in a sunny spot will help to dry the soil out, but if the cactus has been on a shadier windowsill until now, you'll have to acclimatise it to the sunshine in stages, so that it doesn't scorch.
Good luck 


Strange potato plants!

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 05:54

That certainly is very tall. They look as if they're growing in quite a shady position, which might account for lanky etiolated growth.  

As for the small potatoes on the stems ... potato tubers form on the stems of the plants - this is why we earth up potato plants, so that the tubers can grow below ground.  It might be that because your potato plants are growing in the shade, the lack of light has triggered the potato tubers to grow despite them not being under ground.    

Have your potatoes been earthed up so that as much stem as possible is underground?  This encourages the development of a larger crop because the potatoes form on the stems, not the roots.

When potatoes are exposed to sunlight they produce chlorophyll and solanine - solanine is poisonous if eaten in quantity - because of this,  I would not eat potatoes growing above the ground.

I hope that helps 

Last edited: 26 July 2016 05:55:09


Posted: 25/07/2016 at 23:03

As I understand it, the best effect is produced by installing the Waspinator in early spring, when queen wasps are prospecting for nest sites. 

My neighbours must think I'm nuts!

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:56

My daughter was born in the heat wave of 1976. I used to take her for walks in her pram in the late evening and as the sun came up in the mornings. During the day we both dozed in a shady room with all the windows open. As autum came i picked lots of mushrooms on our early morning walks. 

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