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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Growing flowers in my veg plot?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 10:09

I'd grow a different veg following the potatoes - what about some dwarf french beans or some mange tout peas?

  They'll fix nitrogen from the air with their roots and not exhaust the soil - and yes, grow some flowers too - I'm growing sweet peas and nasturtiums with the veggies. There might be some sunflowers and calendulas too 

How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:24

They may well have just been getting their roots well established in their first year in your garden 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:23

Lily - hope you and your friend enjoy your day 

Panda  Happy birthday to your OH!

Tracey - not just rewarding - great fun!  

Music in the Garden

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:20
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

Elvis was on the radio this morning, Welcome to My World.  I like that but my favourite is I Can't Help Falling in Love With You, my soppy OH used to sing it to me when we were 18 and had just started going out together 

I don't think anyone has mentioned Elvis can we have missed the King???

Elvis is in the garden!!!  

We have this - under one of the ash trees - he is referred to as Elvis 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:18

A majorly important record for me for years and years - The Byrds'  My Back Pages

 ("Ah but I was so much older then - I'm younger than that now")

It's also the title I gave to one of the best paintings I ever made 


How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:12

I think that we need a mixture of basic scientific knowledge and our own experience - scientists carry out their research under controlled conditions -  we endure and labour on under the vagaries of climate, soil and predation. 

Of course we should know the basics of what scientists tell us - and then use our ongoing experience to temper that information to particular conditiions - after all, sound observation and empirical evidence is what good science is based on.

The whole point of this forum is to share our experience with others - otherwise we could just point enquirers at a good book. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:02
Verdun wrote (see)

Fighting.......again?  Dove 

Maybe .... just a little ........ with some hairy bittercress and twitch! 

best plant food /fertiliser for my garden.

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:59

I top dress the beds with home made compost and well-rotted farm yard manure, and a sprinkling of FB&B in the spring and again in early summer.  

Plants that produce a lot of blooms, like clematis and roses also get a watering of soluble potash in early spring and again in the summer.  


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:53

Good morning Verdun and Fidget 

If today goes according to plan, I'm expecting to be feeling a bit stiff and sore by this time tomorrow morning

Stimulating Privet Hedge growth

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:42

Yes, cut it back - growth follows the knife = old gardening saying 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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A Holly Orchard

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Happy Endings

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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Growing Mushrooms

Has anyone done it on purpose? 
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