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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Mice in the compost bin

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 06:35

Mouse droppings are really quite small - are you sure they're not rats?

If they're mice I wouldn't worry at all - the compost is fine to use (although as always you should use gloves when handling compost). 

Compost should be turned/stirred/aerated regularly and kept moist - that should make it much less attractive to mice.

Hope that helps.

Question on weeds

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 21:00

Ah Fidget, you beat me to it - serve me right for answering the phone before hitting submit

Question on weeds

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 20:59

It's one of my favourite plants that I learned to enjoy way back in my childhood - the Butterbur aka Petasites

Strange bitter white root

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 19:52

Chicory root?


slug clear

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 19:48

The RHS says "A liquid formulation of metaldehyde (Slug Clear) is available for watering on to ornamental plants and soil, it should not be applied to edible plants. "

I would plant another 6 rows of potatoes elsewhere and then contact the manufacturers to find out how long to wait before using that area of your allotment for edible crops.

What a shame


Posted: 26/03/2015 at 09:28
The Gardeners Boy wrote (see)

Changing the subject, I'm looking for a tall Echinacea, my mom use to have some that grew to about 5-6 feet and purple flower always covered in butterfly's during the summer.

I've looked everywear for it but cant find any that tall, with all this expert  knowledge on here I just know someone will know it   and where I can purchase would be great. 

Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'? They describe it as being a bit shorter than you say, but I've seen it top 5 ft.


Posted: 26/03/2015 at 09:22

Pdoc - enjoy!!!  It's tipping it down here so hope the weather picks up for you.  We might even head that way ourselves at the weekend just to give ourselves a break from Aged P stuff.  Check out the Jolly Sailors at Brancaster Staithe - good food and good beer, and Brancaster Staithe is one of our most favourite places in the world to sort our heads out with wide open spaces, mud, wind and seabirds

calling Gardengirl

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 08:11



Posted: 26/03/2015 at 08:07

I once saw a hoopoe in Suffolk - blown over from the continent on strong winds in late March - they do turn up in the southern UK but they're really a bird of southern France, Spain and areas bordering the Med.

They have a very distinctive flight, more like a butterfly than a bird

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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

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Copper tape

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Plant ID please

Any better ideas ... 
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Those first rewards from the fruit and veg patch 
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Is there an event in your area? 
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Snowdrop Spectacular!!! 
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Interesting info about fungi, microrhyzal organisms and trees 
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