Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Real world cost of heating a greenhouse

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:34

Googling revealed this

"In the UK the maximum frost depth is generally considered to be 0.45m below the surface. This was based on data gathered from some very cold winters towards the mid-to-late 19th century and the frost line hardly ever reaches that depth in practise. Typically UK building codes specify that foundations be located a minimum of 0.75m below surface level." 

However, wouldn't sinking the greenhouse that low in the ground cut back on the light available?

Ant nests all over lawn

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:28

Vinegar is acetic acid ... I don't like the thought of pouring acid onto living creatures ... let alone all those important micro-bugs in the soil 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:26

Pat ((hugs))  it's quite common to feel very 'down' after a virus ... take it very easy and do some gentle things that you enjoy ... I'm sure you'll feel much better soon 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:23
Hostafan1 says:

...  Only going for spring bulbs, honest.  I won't even be looking at herbaceous stuff which can be split .No Sir, not me. 

Hostas?? nope , won't be looking at those either.

Last edited: 25 August 2017 11:12:40

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 Pants on fire Hosta??? 

Cat eating grasses in garden

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:12

If you think the cat is likely to be anxious when she comes to your home, get some of the Feliway products ... they worked very well when Wonky adopted a very nervous Harrie 

Last edited: 25 August 2017 11:13:18

Cat eating grasses in garden

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:09

The last picture looks like Soft Rush ... Juncus effusus (hollow stems with a white pith).   It did me no harm when I nibbled on it as a youngster ... don't think it'll do the cat any harm.  

Pretty sure Cats' ear is ok too ...  cats often eat grass ... it often makes them sick and they bring up fur balls ... it does't mean that anything is wrong so don't panic if that happens.  

Last edited: 25 August 2017 11:10:41

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 10:30

Very wise Hosta ... they were saying on the radio this morning that restrictions on the train routes into the West country the roads are going to be very busy down your way this weekend 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 09:59

Morning Hosta and the rest of you ... just hanging washing out .... lamb shank in slow cooker ... 

Peas and Mildew

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 09:45

Well, the theory is that plants that are stressed succumb to powdery mildew, and the most common cause of stress in summer is drought.  

My usual rule of thumb is to stick my finger into the compost up to the first finger joint  If it's dry at the tip then I water, making sure that I give enough water to soak the whole container full of compost. 

Even when we have heavy rain, surprisingly little of it actually gets into containers as it's shielded by the plant and most of it runs off.  

Peas and Mildew

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 09:17

If you've had a good crop I'd get rid of them now ... bag and bin ... and keep your other pea plants well watered ... being too dry at the roots can cause plants to be susceptible to powdery mildew. 

Good luck 

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