Latest posts by Dovefromabove

What is this weed and what is the best way to eradicate it?

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:53

Dig over the whole area with a garden fork, taking out the weeds and roots ... and as you do it learn to recognise them as there'll be seeds in the soil which will sprout in oncoming years ... once you know what you're looking for you can pull each one out as you see it.  

However, if you're going to put it down to grass in the future regular mowing will kill them off each year as they germinate. 

Last edited: 24 September 2017 12:53:36

Seeking blueberry advice

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:27

We've not grown blueberries before, but OH would like us to give them a go to so I need to pick your brains.

1.  I have plenty of large pots  34cm diam. x 34 high (don't ask me how many litres ... I can't remember and they're still full of tomato plants).  Will these be big enough for blueberry bushes or will we need to go bigger?

2.  RHS have an offer of 3 different varieties for the price of 2. 

They are 'Bluecrop' (described as mid-season) 

' Chandler' (mid to late season) and 'Spartan' (early).

I know that most need pollination by another variety, but will these three pollinate each other, given that they produce fruit at different seasons (or do the flowers coincide?).

Digger bees

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:11

They'll be gone by winter. 

Uneven weed and Wildflower infested lawn

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:07

I would just mow it, not too short so you don't scalp the humps and bumps, and keep mowing regularly once a week while it continues to grow ... that will encourage the grass and discourage weeds and use a lawn rake to rake out thatch and moss ... then next spring you can take a look at it, show us a photo or three and we'll see what your options are .. there are several techniques for ironing out the bumps and hollows 

I've created some quite good general purpose lawns from what were considered by some to be horrendous messes, just by regular mowing and removal of any moss.

And some low growing wildflowers in a lawn can be an attraction, and certain are good for pollinators.

There's little point in spending a lot of money to create a perfect lawn for a property where you may not be staying long term.  

Last edited: 24 September 2017 12:08:15

Pruning a small garden conifer

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 10:24

And I agree too ... there were similar trees here when we moved in ... the tops had been taken out to reduce the height ... they looked pitiful 

Take them out and replace with something that will give some shape and colour without shading the window.   If the owner likes the current style of the garden maybe a prostrate juniper? Available in green, blue and gold varieties ... 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 10:21

Good morning all   Have been reading in bed this morning ... it's a beautiful morning out there ... OH and I will do some gardening stuff when it's a bit drier underfoot.  

Hope everyone got some rest of some sort overnight ... Pat ... your OH and his mates must be totally shattered.  Maybe the person who set the fire should be sent a bill ...?  Even just for the fuel used by the firefighters ... that might concentrate the mind a bit ... 


Posted: 23/09/2017 at 17:46

I usually cut mine back by about half at the end of October, to stop it being rocked about by the winter winds, but there's nothing to stop you doing it now if you don't mind losing the flowers.  Mine's still blooming.

Then, as you say, cut it hard back in the spring. 

Plant help!

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 17:27

If your photo isn't upload try reducing the size ... it usually uploads just fine then 

I'D this fruit

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 16:27

Yes, they look like unripe Japanese Quince to me too ... Chaenomales japonica ... I used them to flavour apple dishes and also with dishes like roast pheasant or guinea fowl.  The cut up fruit remain pretty tough even when cooked, but they impart a wonderful flavour to the meat and a sauce made with the juices. 

Jam jar rooting

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 16:24

I take cuttings too, and overwinter them as I described which is what Marygold asked about ... but  as I don't cut the established plants back until the spring I find they overwinter pretty reliably ... a bonus of this is that I also find lots of self-sown babies every spring which get moved around the garden to where I want them.  

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