Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Weed identification

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 13:12

Can't see the 'top' one very clearly, but the flatter one is a liverwort - it usually appears in shady damp places - it's a fascinating thing. 

Not sure which fertliser to go for?

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:55

I use Fish, Blood and Bone in the spring and again in early summer. - sprinkled over the borders and tickled in with the hoe - if it doesn't get a good dollop of rain within the next couple of days I give the borders a good watering.  Its an organic slow release fertiliser which encourages good sturdy growth. 

The roses and clematis get an additional feed or three of Clematis feed (whichever brand is available and cheapest) usually in late March, again six weeks later and again six weeks after that

and annuals/bedding plants in tubs and pots get a weekly watering with tomato food once the flower buds form. 

Tomato conundrum

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:48

Give the plant a gentle shake every now and then - although they're self-pollinating sometimes they need a bit of a jiggle around to get the pollen from the male bit of the flower onto the female bit. 

Perhaps the others get a little more breeze than the one in question. 

Last edited: 07 August 2016 12:49:00

Cucumbers shrivelling up

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:44

Oh bother, I was trying to upload the pic from my phone, and I've got network problems.  Sorry. 

Cucumbers shrivelling up

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:40

Here they are 

Cucumbers shrivelling up

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:33

Just an idea - I've got my cucumbers in large pots outside - no problem with spider mites out there - they get sun from sun up util about 2 ish and are doing just fine.  

Last edited: 07 August 2016 12:34:15

ID for odd looking plant

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:10

And the bees love them 

ID for odd looking plant

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 11:08

Prunella vulgaris aka Self-heal. 


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 11:00

Oh, didn't see you there Frit   

Yes, Echium is another possibility - would be good to see the leaves. 


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 10:54

I can't see the leaves, but I think it's likely to be Phacelia - grown by farmers as a bee-friendly cover-crop to attract pollinators and protect the soil.  It's then ploughed in as a green manure.  

Info here - 

... you'll need to scroll down. 

Last edited: 07 August 2016 10:56:14

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