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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Fuchsia Cutting

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:54

Don't use scissors - they crush the stems - use a new blade in a Stanley knife or a craft scalpel.

Keep trying - good  luck 

Standard roses

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:34

This seems to meet your needs 

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:43

Smokin Donkey is in France.

I'd be very happy indeed if we had a few more summers like this one has been so far.  One of the best gardening summers I've known in a long while. 

what is this climbing weed? Any ideas?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:38

But a weed is just something growing in the wrong place - maybe once the poster knows what it is, it won't be a weed 


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:28

You can, but it is in the nature of honeysuckles to grow upwards and have their foliage and flowers towards the top of the plant.  In the wild the stems scramble up through hedgerows until they reach the sunlight  before putting on leaves and flowers.

You may find it more useful to plant something in front of the honeysuckle to hide the bare stems, rather than try unsuccessfully to encourage it to leaf up lower down.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:03

It wasn't for food - OH wanted to get some paint and 'liquid refreshment' - much more important 

Vegggies in Pots

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:45

Fill the bed with a mixture of topsoil and well-rotted farmyard manure - you can get bags of both from the garden centre.

To grow the things I suggested there's no need to cover it at all.  They're all fine outside in the winter.

You could also some some Aqualdulce Claudia broad beans in October - they will grow slowly through the winter and give you a much earlier crop than sowing in the spring.

And also Swiss chard can be sown now - you can use the small leaves as salad leaves in the autumn, leaving the plants to grow bigger through the winter and then you'll have lovely leaves and stems to cook in the spring - it would cost you a fortune at the greengrocers, if they even stock it.  Such a lovely vegetable - use it like spinach, especially good in curries etc . 

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:41

Torrential rain, thunder & lightning here too    Not fun to drive in - I just drove down to the supermarket in the village, 10 mph max, lights on, wipers on fast and I still couldn't really see where I was going 

Vegggies in Pots

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:38

Carrots and onions don't transplant well in my experience. 

You could build you raised bed now and plant your garlic in the autumn - it will grow slowly over the winter and be ready for harvesting in July.  

You could also sow some Winter Density lettuce in your raised bed - it's a bit like a larger Baby Gem, and will grow slowly through the autumn and winter so that you have lettuce ready to eat in the early spring. 

I'm growing lunch-box type cucumbers in large pots outside - a friend with a greenhouse started the plants off for me in the spring and I planted them into the large pots in  June when the weather had warmed up.  We're picking several each day and they're really tasty.  Our niece stayed with us last week and she really enjoyed them. 

Wolf Spiders

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:30

Just giving you the benefit of my vast experience 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Hallowe'en Howlers

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Tree of the Year

Some wonderful photographs of wonderful trees 
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All welcome ............who's coming? 
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It's a mystery ....

Can you name this plant? 
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Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
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Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Last Post: 20/08/2014 at 06:41

Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Last Post: 19/08/2014 at 06:16

Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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