Latest posts by Dovefromabove

slow worms and ants

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:15

It says here that slow worms eat ants, so soon the problem will be sorted 


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:13

I've been having a bit of a tidy - stacking of empty pots in the nearest thing I've got to a 'hidden corner'.  I think I've got more empty pots than the Recycled Pot Crate at Notcutts up the road - but if I get rid of any I'll need some 

slow worms and ants

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:01


Free Lavenders / Free Perennials

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 14:40

I think that's really helpful OL - some people don't know how tiny their little plants are going to be. 

Brown rot, treatments, and chickens

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 14:39

To upload a photo from your pc you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post - it will give you instructions - sometimes it's slow to load so be patient - it also objects if the photo is too large.  Sadly it won't work for phones - yet! 

If none of that makes sense shout!


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 14:37

OL - I've found  hydrangea cuttings strike really easily in water 


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 14:32

Just been potting up cuttings - 100% strike rate   Now to find somewhere to put all the pots 

Soil free fertilizers?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 14:20

Q. 1 - They wouldn't grow very well in thin and dusty compost - that's why plants that are in containers long-term either need a soil-based John Innes type compost (which would be expensive in large amounts) or they need repotting with fresh compost - I would say annually. 

Q 2 - Yes, that's what they would get if planted in a patch isn't it?  If you were planting them in a veg garden you'd dig lots of organic matter (manure) into the soil and then plant.

My only concerns about your container are:

  •  I would put a few inches of coarse gravel in the bottom to aid drainage, 
  • I would worry about the metal of the container heating up and scorching the roots.  Can you line it with some polystyrene packing sheets to protect the roots?


Tomato Plants with Acne

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 13:50

Hi NewBoy - can you post some pics please? 

Brown rot, treatments, and chickens

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 13:48

Rebecca - can we see some pics of the problem - it sounds pretty horrific if everything is badly affected - but there are lots of spots/blotches/marks that appear on leaves etc that are just par for the course and nothing to worry about - let's see if these are more or less normal 

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Recording the weather in your garden

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What do you think?  
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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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How to get around the current problem .... 
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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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