Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Cold spell coming up... Which of these need protecting?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 06:26

Oim orrite Max, jist. As duzzy chilled. Can yew tell oim reelly a Suffolk mawther, wos bin transplanted up hair?  Oi hev ter keep moi hid down cos oim a Tractor Girl 

The fruit is known as having 'set' when the flowers/blossom has been fertilised and fruit are starting to develop.

Ive always assumed that the damage is done by ice crystals forming in and breaking down the plant cells, but to be honest I don't really know. Other problems resulting from cold weather can be a lack of pollinating insects being about. 

Also some plants like tomatoes, chillies and squash just do not grow in low temperatures, and too long spent in the cold and damp means that roots begin to rot. 

I woke to see quite a heavy snow shower a little while ago but now the sun is up and the sky is almost blue ... With any luck the worst could be over 

Last edited: 25 April 2017 06:29:08

Unknown species growing in soil!! HELP!

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 05:53

They're small fungi feeding on the organic matter in you growing medium. They are turning the materials in the manure into a form which will be accessible by your plants' roots so all is good and there is no need to worry or try to get rid of them. It's all part of the normal process and they will not harm your chives. 

When all the organic matter has been turned into a form accessible by plants the fungi will stop growing and disappear. 

Good luck with your studies. 

Last edited: 25 April 2017 05:54:38

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 05:39

Good morning all 

ive woken in time to see a snow shower!  Brrr!  It's not really settling thank goodness. Keep warm Wonky - enjoy your first day ((hugs)) xx

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:56

Hmmm think the very cold snap may only be 48 hours or so ............. but I'd still bring thermals   't Don't think it'll be anything like 'early 20s' !!!

Help...First Garden, Not Healthy! :(

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:33

I apply Fish Blood & Bone (a slow release organic feed) to flower beds twice a year, once in spring and again in the summer.  

I mulch with home made compost or similar in the spring, and give the roses and clematis some clematis food in the spring.  I also add some tomato feed when watering clematis before they've flowered.  

Pots of flowering plants have some tomato feed every two or three weeks throughout the flowering season.  That's about it.  

Ground Elder yay or nay

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:27

Afraid I concur .........  but every cloud has a silver lining 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:17

BL ((hugs))

Bring your winceyette pyjamas and thermal vests when you pack for Norfolk 

Protecting soft fruits from birds

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:10

I grow strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, black currants, figs and pears.  

I don't net or take any precautions to guard against birds other than to stick a few children's glittery seaside windmills in the ground  around the gooseberries and blackcurrants as they're getting ripe.  

Never had any problems ................ so far so good any way. 

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:03

Well, now you can get duck eggs you've no reason not to .......... there's not many things better than a lovely coffee and walnut sponge sandwich (or so Pa used to say) unless it's a 

raspberry and cream Victoria sponge 

Impending frost...

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:56

Yes, a tripod of canes with some fleece, bubblewrap, newspaper or whatever around them will do the job.  

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