Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Growing Veg in a Cold Frame

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 07:33

It's not just the low temperatures, but also the low light levels, that slow plant growth down in the winter.

Cold frames are useful for over-wintering cuttings and seedlings to give them an early start in the spring, you could be picking Arctic King lettuce in early spring if you started them off in a cold frame now.  

Commercial growers have large heated greenhouses and polytunnels, usually with lighting too.  

If you want winter vegetables, there are some that you can grow in the open ground - Brussels sprouts, Savoy cabbage, winter cauliflowers (Aalsmeer are a good variety) but they need to have been started off back in late spring/early summer.

I've got Swiss chard growing in the veg patch now, which will carry on cropping through the winter with a bit of protection in the worst weather, and in late October I'll be direct sowing an overwintering variety of Broad Beans to get an early crop - usually picking in mid May. 

Have I killed my lawn with evergreen?

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 06:56

Evergreen 4 in 1 kills the moss - that's what's turned black.  It's what's supposed to happen.

Rake all the dead moss and grass thatch out of the lawn and bin it before you do anything else (not the compost heap as there's weedkiller in it too).  

In trying to preserve what I grow I did lots of research, here is what I learned

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 06:44

Why would you want to preserve it Hosta?  Bury it and build a good large manure heap over the top.

It worries me, someone who's only been learning about a subject for a few weeks at the most, writing about it, publicising their thoughts and calling themselves 'an expert'  ... working on that basis, expect me to be carrying out complex brain surgery within the next day or so ....... 

My hedges

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 06:32

A well cut hedge sets a garden off - like a picture in a frame.   

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 06:29
Hostafan1 says:

Dove, shall we book you into your usual suite en route?

See original post

 Oooh that'd be lovely!!!  It'd be great to see you both again   We'll be arriving 31st August 

Good morning all   

'They' are talking of a little rain here today - the lawn needs it badly - it's the brownest I've ever seen it!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 21:51

Hello SGL

 Bedtime now - see you in the morning 


Posted: 01/09/2016 at 19:38

How lovely - lucky you 

It would be great to hear how you get on with it and the impact it makes on your enjoyment of your garden. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 19:09

  Don't think I've been especially energetic today - in fact I know I haven't - just a bit of kneeling by the sunny bed weeding, and preparing and eating a very easy supper - but I'm yawning for England.  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 15:51

Hurrah!  Next year's holiday in Cornwall booked    Just twelve months to wait .............................. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 14:14

Dd, in my experience cheap and cheerful is the fun way   Lovely to have your own place for friends to drop in - such a change from a house that could never have felt really like a home.  ((hugs))

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ID please

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