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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:21

Verdun ((hugs)) glad mum isn't too bad - hopefully the antibiotics will sort things out and your visits will keep her spirits up.  Actimel is good when on antibiotics - it can stop them getting an upset tummy and dia........ you know, that word no one can ever spell when they need to

It's amazing how little the elderly can survive on but I suppose they don't use a lot of energy moving about.  Pa's main intake seems to be mashed potato and gravy and icecream and jelly.  He says that sometimes he has jelly and ice cream just to make a change.  He's nearly as funny as you sometimes Verdun

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:13

Good luck with the hedge and the neighbour - hope the little bit of prickliness that appeared won't discourage you from visiting us again

Garden bird ID please

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 19:28

Yes grey wagtail - we sometimes get them overwintering around here - they're insectivores so are looking for little grubs and insects - hard frosts etc are difficult for them so yes, chopped up meal worms would be good


Posted: 05/01/2015 at 18:07

Hello folks - bathroom fan all sorted.  OH has run the Dyson around.  All I've done is bake a fruitcake, cook a stirfry, a couple of phone calls and a couple of emails and I'm totally

Swiss Chard

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 15:59

More huge chard fans here - it crops for ever and stand through most winters too. 

I usually make two or three successional sowings which gives us at least one meal  a week for about 8 months of the year  - in the summer we eat it at least every other day.  Great in a stir fry and also in a quiche as well as cooking it like spinach - and we cook the thick stems separately like asparagus.  

I've tried most varieties but now still to the Swiss Chard 'Lucullus' good yield and fantastic flavour.

Wouldn't be without it!

How to stop Ash!

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 12:49

We have two large ash trees at the end of our garden - we've found the best way to get rid of ash seedlings is to attack them with a sharp hoe as soon as they appear - you do have to be vigilant! 

Interesting to note that our trees didn't produce any seeds at all in 2014 either!  I think they were having a rest as the previous year there'd been a heavy crop.

We're keeping our eyes peeled for signs of Ash Dieback - we're literally just down the road from the John Innes Centre where the research is being carried out



Posted: 05/01/2015 at 09:40

I'm not good at warm weather and wall to wall sunshine Pdoc, so you're not rubbing it in here.  I'll be happy surrounded by snowdrops and hazel catkins - but I'm glad you're going to get some sunshine Pdoc - enjoy


Lyn - while you're at it, my seeds are in two tins on top of the bookcase in the dining room ... pretty please

Organic soil

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 08:30

I've no idea what's available to you in the US DrGT - are you talking about soil for filling a raised bed? 

I  use a mixture of approx one-third well rotted farm yard manure and two-thirds good quality sieved topsoil and I buy from reputable UK sources. 

If you wish to use Certified Organic I'm sure there are some US Organic websites that can give  recommendations of brands available to you.


Trees and their relationships

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 08:22

I receive a regular newsletter from a fungi foray site - this month's has fascinating information about symbiotic relationships between trees and fungi and microrhyzal organisms which I thought many gardeners would find interesting. 

Just click on the link and scroll down a bit to the paragraph about Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time


Posted: 05/01/2015 at 06:48

Hope the working week goes well Chicky    (so glad I don't have to do that any more, says she, whispering)

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