Latest posts by Dovefromabove

is re-cyling your green bin ,a good thing?

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 21:38
Tim Burr wrote (see)
......I do wish Gardeners World on TV took a more pro-active focus on these BIG issues. Geoff Hamilton was also very clear on the benefits of going organic and everything he did revolved around an organic approach. Monty Don does mention organic methods rather sparingly. .... 

I'm not quite sure what more you expect him to do?

Runner & French Beans

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 21:28

There was this thread a while ago .  I recommend Wisley Magic for good cropping and superb flavour, even in poor weather.

As for French/Dwarf beans, I'm growing Beurre de Rocquencourt this year, a yellow wax bean of  (reputedly) superb flavour - I'm really looking forward to tasting them.


clay soil so little choice of plants

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 21:19

The clay soils of Mid Suffolk are some of the most fertile, productive and expensive arable land in the country - add humous, allow the worms to work and don't walk on it in the winter 

Bay trees

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 18:57

Give them a chance - you may find they sprout fresh leaves in the spring.

Bay trees

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 09:35

Take a photo of them this year and another next year from exactly the same spot, then you'll see how much they've grown!  But bless 'em, they really do need time to grow some good roots before they can thrust those branches up into the sky - after all, they didn't have any roots at all when they started, did they?

Bay trees

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 09:19

I find bay cuttings quite difficult to root successfully, so you've done really well so far!

I think they've been busy growing a good root system first before they can start growing above ground, and they will grow faster this year.

 If you can't wait to block out the road then you could replace them, but it seems a shame now that you've come so far - it will be great to look back when they're a lovely thick hedge and remember taking the cuttings.  


Posted: 23/02/2013 at 08:13

I know we've got some Hellebore Fans on this Forum so I thought I'd make you aware of this - I know notice is a bit short, but if anyone's in the area .... I'm going to try to get along (Aged Ps permitting ).

Waterlogged Garden

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 08:02

What part of the UK are you in?  Have you had it exceptionally bad this year?  Well, I know we all have, but are you in the bottom of a valley or on a flood plain or similar?

It may be that there are some watercourses blocked/clogged 'downstream' from you - as Geoff says, speak with your water company or local council 

Good luck.


Posted: 23/02/2013 at 07:47

Hi Ekay, whereabouts are you (rough location)?  We moved to this garden 18 months ago and were thrilled to find hedgehog droppings, and then when my daughter was visiting and sitting out on the bench late one evening (smoking ) she was startled by a rustling in the undergrowth and watched a very large hedgehog snuffling about the garden.  'When we had the new fencing installed our builder cut 'hedgehog gates' in the panels to ensure that hedgehogs could roam from garden to garden, and we started putting a dish of dry hedgehog food out in the evenings and were woken in the early ours of summer mornings by the sounds of the dish being pushed around on the terrace.  We also make sure there's a dish of rainwater available every evening, as the dried food is quite 'dry'.  The dish is usually half empty in the morning. Although we've had to cut back some of the undergrowth and have some trees removed ('orrible conifers that had been topped and lopped badly) we are replanting shrubs etc to provide cover and in the meantime we're leaving messy corners (piles of old runner bean haulms etc) and put three hedgehog houses in quiet corners (one purchased and two home made).  We're 99.9% certain that two are currently occupied by hibernating hedgehogs.  We are situated near the edge of a 'suburban village' with marshes, woodland and a golf course nearby and I have been surprised at the amount of wildlife we see in the garden.  

Perhaps it might be that there's so much 'hedgehog friendly' habitat where you live that they're spoilt for choice - or maybe they're out there and you've just not seen them - yet  

There have been several threads about hedgehogs on this board over the past year or so, including threads about rescuing them when they've been too small to hibernate.  I suppose that if you're sure you've not got any hedgehogs nearby and the habitat is suitable you could contact one of the rescue centres and offer a home to one or two?

Favourite Gardening Books

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 07:26

Arthur Nettleacre - thank you - you just reminded me about The Country of White Clover which I've wanted to read for years having heard extracts on the radiio way back when!  I've just ordered it.  Cheers!!!

I must also add to the appreciation of Monty Don's writing - such a pleasure to read.

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