London (change)
Today 19°C / 12°C
Tomorrow 21°C / 12°C


Latest posts by Dovefromabove

What nutrients do leafs add to the soil - mulching

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 20:13

Sounds very good to me


Posted: 22/07/2015 at 20:10

BL - it's lovely that Lena is going to have an interesting life with her new rider - as you've said, she's too young to 'retire' - but of course you and her 'friends' are going to miss her ((hugs))

What nutrients do leafs add to the soil - mulching

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 19:54
Fairygirl wrote (see)

It's all a learning curve Chris 

The other option with the leaves is to put them in black bin bags. Wet them first and poke a few holes in the bags. Leave them in  a corner and they'll rot down over winter for using next spring.

That's what we do, and any that haven't rotted down by spring go into the compost heap.

But don't forget to leave some piles of dry dead leaves in quiet corners for the hedgehogs to build their hibernaculums with - gardens shouldn't be too tidy

Weed with black pods

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 19:51

Vetches are good in a grazing meadow and make high quality hay

Just thought I'd mention that ...

Instant Gardener

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 19:41

I think that's a case of comparing apples with oranges - you can't really say to a child 'don't fall off the swing' - well you can, but you know that the child will fall off at some stage  ......... whereas you can say to a child 'don't eat that it will make you very sick' and if the child is old enough to understand it won't eat the foxglove. 

people moving into an area and paving over the front garden

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 19:17

When we moved here we had the concrete drive removed and replaced with gravel over a permeable base - , it makes possible intruders wary because we can hear footfall on the gravel, it's safer in icy weather so I don't slip and  it doesn't contribute to flooding.  I don't know why everyone doesn't do it - it's cheaper than block paving too and much easier to deal with the very occasional weed that appears.

Instant Gardener

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 19:13

I spent hours each summer from the age of 4 upwards playing in my granny's garden, with foxglove flowers on my fingers  being a fairy (little folks' gloves) - I knew I shouldn't eat them and was was never tempted to try, and I knew to wash my hands when I went indoors - Child Friendly Garden?  Of course it is - Child Friendly doesn't mean safe and anodyne - Child Friendly includes 'stimulating the imagination'. 

Quotes Button

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 14:18

A Happy Happenstance! 

Quotes Button

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 13:04

Yay!!!   Well done Cathy - you have quoted!!!!!!

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
Replies: 123    Views: 2463
Last Post: 28/07/2015 at 20:16

Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

Replies: 6    Views: 214
Last Post: 22/07/2015 at 12:15

ID please

Can't remember  
Replies: 5    Views: 256
Last Post: 17/07/2015 at 12:44

Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
Replies: 11    Views: 288
Last Post: 10/07/2015 at 06:56

Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
Replies: 2    Views: 132
Last Post: 05/07/2015 at 10:10

The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
Replies: 11    Views: 396
Last Post: 07/07/2015 at 09:35

Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
Replies: 5    Views: 188
Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
Replies: 36    Views: 982
Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 19:10


Congratulations to you both ... 
Replies: 28    Views: 780
Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
Replies: 19    Views: 506
Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:20

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
Replies: 12    Views: 384
Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
Replies: 7    Views: 303
Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
Replies: 15    Views: 434
Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:09

Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
Replies: 24    Views: 694
Last Post: 09/06/2015 at 10:01

Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
Replies: 10    Views: 395
Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 17:45
1 to 15 of 128 threads