Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Growing Garlic and Spring onion

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:21

Most store-bought garlic is of varieties that don't do well in the UK climate. They may also carry viruses which although fine for you to eat, will not produce good plants.

Best to buy some either from here or your local garden centre where they will sell varieties which will grow and ripen in the UK.  

I find the best time to plant garlic is the autumn, as the cold winter temperatures encourage it to split into separate cloves.  I plant in October and harvest the following July. 

Not sure what you mean by planting store bought spring onion. 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 12:22:11

Whats making these holes

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:14

And rats rarely eat stuff that's actually in their tunnels so it's unlikely to work anyway.  If you're going to use poison get a proper secure bait box and the proper bait.  

Identify this plant?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:13

Looks like a self-seeded goat willow to me ... Salix caprea. 

Apple tree disease

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:09

Ah, right ... just seen the photo (I was on my phone which was very slow this morning).

That's not 'normal fuzz' is it?  It doesn't look very good at all   

Don't know what others think, but the first thing that came into my mind was Fireblight   but fortunately I've not seen a lot of it, so ............. 

Maybe some help here? 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 11:12:20

Tall plant in wet place

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:05

One person's idea of 'tall' isn't always the same as another's.

I would say that gunnera falls into the  'very tall' category


Will my Japanese maples recover, or did I killed them?:(

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:00

I think autumnglory is right - they will survive and recover, eventually.  I think the best thing you can do now is to leave them alone apart from making sure they have enough water.  Don't fertilize them until they've recovered and have enough leaves to need and use the nutrition.

I agree with Mark - there's rarely a need to spray if you encourage wildlife into your garden.

And whatever you decide to do, don't spray unless you know what you're spraying against and, if you do decide to spray, use the correct product and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS.  They've been written for a reason by people who understand how the product works.

Good luck. 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 11:02:03

Planting out courgette

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 10:54

I'd leave it where it is for now - less light and it'll get leggy.  

Mine are on the dining room windowsill (south-east facing) and will stay there with the tomatoes until after the promised cold snap, then they'll go into the wooden-framed mini-greenhouse against the wall of the house with back up of fleece/bubble wrap at night until the end of May when I hope I'll be able to plant them out.  

Fingers crossed and good luck 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 09:20

Oh give our love to Cornwall - we'll be down there again in September - it seems ages away ............

Apple tree disease

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 09:12

Is it really mildew? It's very early in the season for that. 

Could it  be the soft downy white fuzz that often covers young leaves on fruit trees and others?

Nothing like the photo!!!

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 08:14

I think they've made themselves hostages to fortune by publishing a picture of what to expect and raising expectations - if that's not what you get they must expect complaints, whether or not you can salvage them. 

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