Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Killing weeds/roots before laying stones

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 10:05

It's cheaper than a gym membership and you'll feel virtuous too 

Killing weeds/roots before laying stones

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 09:42

Afraid the answer is to dig it over and remove the roots. Spraying them will have no effect. Weed killers have to be applied to leaves in active growth. If you want to use a herbicide leave it until late spring. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 09:37

Morning all  The alarm company rang again at 6!!! I was not best pleased. We did nothing. The calls are meant to go to the boss's number ... Only here if she's on holiday but it's not the first time this had happened. I've just rung her to let her know we went out and checked at 4am ... her phone was switched off   I left a terse message 

Chick weed

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 05:08

It's very good in a salad or a sandwich with egg or salami. It you can't beat it ... Eat it 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 04:59

Wide awake ... The phone rang an hour ago ... It was the shop alarm so we pulled on our clothes and drove up there ... OH went to check ... No signs of anything amiss so we came back. Probably a spider walked over a sensor or something. Now of course we're wide awake ...Cuppa anyone ...?

What on earth!!!!

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 19:52

Aphids ... the cold weather will soon kill them but in the meantime brush them off between your finger and thumb (use rubber gloves if you're squeamish) or use a jet of water from a hosepipe to wash them off.

Over the winter hang some birdfeeders near your roses so the bluetits get used to feeding there and next year when the aphids reappear the bluetits will harvest them for you to feed their youngsters. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 19:44

Sometimes it's hard to talk to each other when things are this tough're so scared of saying the wrong thing that you can't say anything, or it all comes out wrong ... sometimes it helps to have a third person there ... someone you both trust ... someone who will help you look at that elephant in the room ... whatever it is.

Sometimes a dear friend can do this ... sometimes a total stranger can be a sort of 'facilitator' ... a good counsellor may be a way to unlock things.  

((hugs)) to you both ... thinking of you.

Last edited: 11 November 2017 19:46:05

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 15:24

Enjoy your adventure Chicky 

Cactus is turning black help!

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 15:21

I would cut off the tip with a sharp blade, cutting down far enough to ensure there's no rot.  The cut will seal itself over.

Just let the compost dry out and don't water again until late spring.  

Fingers crossed 

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 14:54

They can change them as much as they like ... I understand the need for change and I applaud their desire for accuracy.

However, at the age of 27 it is highly unlikely that I will remember the new names.

Before I got to 27 I assimilated the geranium/pelargonium change but it seems that the garden centres never did, so I don't suppose it'll matter too much. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

RIP Ric Staines ... East Anglian gardening legend

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Reasons to be cheerful

A thread of things to make us smile when the going gets tough ...  
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Fruit ID please

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Seeking blueberry advice

Just starting out ... choosing varieties  
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Photos from Whipsnade Zoo

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Tried and tested recipes to use up a glut and fill the pantry shelves 
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A new snake in the UK!!!

Now there are four ........... 
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Please ID my mystery plant

I don't recognise this ...  
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Hello Forkers ... August edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content...  
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Harvest 2017

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Two shrubs need a name please

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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

A friendly place of frolics and chat where everyone is welcome to pass the time and procrastinate to their hearts' content ... 
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New situation ... ? 
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Wildlife online ... interesting website

Foxes, Hedgehogs, badgers, deer, frogs, toads, newts, bats, butterflies, birds ..... 
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The Great British Wildflower Hunt

Will you join in ...  
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