Latest posts by Dovefromabove

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. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 07:52

Just watched a heron go down into the garden behind a house at the top of the rise  - probably some goldfish going to meet their maker 

Watch out for the bluetits on the clematis, honeysuckle and roses Hosta, hoovering up the aphids

Horse manure

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 07:36

Is it stable manure (including straw or of her bedding) or 'field pickings' (droppings gathered from a field and bagged up) ?

If it's manure, rather than use it as a mulch I would dig it into a trench or pit where you are going to grow your runner beans, to improve the moisture retention. 

I find that field pickings are best used by adding to the compost heap as an activator. 


Posted: 23/04/2017 at 06:55

Whitefly? Outside?  Are you sure?  And they're so tiny ...

Whats making these holes

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 06:50

Cats often roam over quite a large area in the countryside, especially when they're hunting. Maybe the holes and the poo are connected in that the poo came from someone who was waiting for a rat to pop out of the hole ... Looks like rag holes to me. Poo could be cat or fox?

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