Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Lavatera, Help?!!?

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 15:24

I agree with Hortum 

I find that lavatera are usually quite short-lived anyway - leave it a few years before planting another,or plants from the same family,  to give the spores a chance to die out. 


Posted: 20/09/2016 at 15:08

Working on the principle that there's more than one way to kill a cat (apologies to cat lovers ) another solution might be to divide your garden into 'rooms' with attractive trellis panels, screens, planting of shrubs etc, to give you the privacy to sit out etc without being overlooked, while not erecting another 'barrier' which could become a bone of contention in the future.  

Have a look here 

Hope that helps 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 14:03

Pretty sure I've seen hyacinth vases in the Sarah Raven catalogue 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 13:54

Yay!!!  Just finished over-seeding and raking the lawn and the heavens have opened and we have soft steady rain falling ... can't put the washing out, but this is just what the front lawn needs - perfect timing 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 12:15

Obelix - from time to time OH's very basic mobile phone (not a smart one ) suddenly changes all texting to some Scandiwegian-type language 

Right, the front lawn has been scarified - it bears more than a passing resemblance to a ploughed field - however that was the intention - OH will be top-dressing it shortly and I will scatter grass seed and pray for an hour's soft autumnal rain each day for the next week ... but in the front garden only - I need to get the washing dry in the back garden 

Who was it who asked the other what setting I used the scarifier on?  Today it was on 5mm (second setting from the top). 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 11:47

Clari ((hugs)) good to hear from you - that sounds like caffeine withdrawal - been there!!!!!!!!!! 

Take it easy and drink lots of water (I drank at least 4 litres a day when doing something similar).

Snapped front axle   Can we ask how?  What on earth was he doing???  

Sweet dreams ((hugs))

Thoughts on the forum software

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 11:41
Verdun says:

With all its faults I enjoy this forum.  Better than some I have tried.  I have considered joining a paid for one but this forum works pretty well for me

it is addictive....I will look in at random often enough sometimes when I am busy. 

wish I had this forum when I first got into gardening;  would have saved me from making sooooooo many mistakes.  Some knowledgeable folk here too we all learn from.

all in all not too bad at all 

Last edited: 20 September 2016 11:30:40

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 Absolutely agree Verdun, with every word you say.

It's also pretty obvious that the tech team who work on this site also have a large number of websites over which their time must be shared.

I get the impression that this forum and indeed the whole website is still a 'work in progress' and I understand that things take time - as a gardener I'm used to being patient 

Pear trees not fruiting

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 09:23

Remove the shoots coming from the base/rootstock.  Clear the grass from around the trunk to a radius of half a metre and mulch. Apply a winter wash as above. Feed with fish blood and bone in the spring. 

Good luck. 

Alicante toms

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 09:18

whoops! Repeated myself a bit 

Alicante toms

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 09:16

Ah, that could be why they're struggling to ripen. I'd pick all the green ones and make delicious Green Tomato Chutney, and leave the ones that are changing colour to ripen on the plant. 

Next year take a look at info on taking out side shoots of tomato plants. Almost all varieties need this to be done if you want good productivity. 

Also, when the tomatoes begin to ripen it's helpful to remove a lot of the plants lower leaves. You could do this now, to concentrate energy on the fruits and increase air flow around the plants which cuts down on the chance of bacterial problems. 

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