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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Do you really need special seed compost?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 06:29

I find that it's best to use loam based seed compost for hardy perennials that may take a while to germinate and are going to stay outside for a goodly while.

For quick germinating veg seeds etc I'll use sieved MPC.  

Plant ID, updates and confirmations.

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 06:22

Have you got a photo of the trunk/base of the tree, Jack?


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 06:11

Good morning all   Stayed chatting with son and daughter in law yesterday evening and didn't get back until fairly late - however I still woke up at my usually early hour this morning - I'll probably need a nap later 

Glad to see you've all been busy ............. 

Wildlife pond - maybe?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 06:37

Swan mussels were common in our local rivers when I was a child, but I've not seen any for ages - think they became quite scarce due to pollution 

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 06:34

What article was that?  I would have expected it to say 30 days before FIRST frost prune leaders to ripen.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 06:27

Good morning all   A bit nippy here this morning, but only 2C at the lowest n the back garden although there's a faint layer of frost on the car roof at the front, but that's a frost hollow.

I'm off early this morning to spend a day with son at auctions, so you'll have to expect me back when you see me.

Goats are worms a problem?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 06:18

Christopher - I used to have a smallholding and kept a herd of dairy goats.

 If you wish to keep goats can I recommend that you attend a course in goat keeping - if you google you should be able to find a course in your area..  

Goats require a lot of attention, they have to be regularly wormed with appropriate medication and their hooves have to be regularly trimmed by someone who knows how to do this.  You also need to know some specifics about goat husbandry and their health, and of course if you intend to milk your goats you will also need to know about mating and assisting at kidding time, when to call the vet etc.  If you are not an experienced hand-milker you'll need to learn how to do that and dairying skills so that you know how to process milk to keep it safe for consumption.

There are Government regulations which apply to the keeping of sheep and goats, whether they are kept as pets or commercially.  and also regulations as to their welfare  

Also the type of housing and fencing of land needed for goats to be safe, healthy and for them not to cause damage to your own property or that of others, needs to be properly designed and built.  

Check out the British Goat Society website , talk to local members and find a recommended goatkeeping course in your area.

Regarding your query about goats - if your goats are properly kept they will not have intestinal worms - you will be worming them regularly with a vermicide recommended by your vet.  Goat manure is very good indeed for composting and growing vegetables. 

If you have any more questions I'd be pleased to help. 


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:50

They look like new growth to me - new growth on azaleas is usually lighter - it will turn darker before too long. 

Looks a lovely healthy plant 

Weedkiller to use before new lawn?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:41

Maybe a sensible solution would be to mow and patch now - then if it doesn't settle to your satisfaction by September you can prepare it properly and seed an new lawn.

That way your children get to play on the lawn this summer, and then you can all stay off the lawn over the winter when it's new. 

Leeks,Carrots & Cabbage

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:33

Yeah, but it's a bit of a roller coaster isn't it?  One minute the beetroot seedlings  look great - the next minute the fence painter has stepped on them - but we're all in this together 

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