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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Moggie deterrent - humane suggestions please!

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:33

I place wire netting over seedbeds until the seedlings are looking robust enough for the neighbour's cats to be uninterested in that spot.

Available from garden centres and online - I've cut a roll into lengths that fit the veg patch and raised beds, but if it's just a small area I just unroll a section and peg it down with pegs made from wire coathangers - it works for us 



Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:22

Good morning Clari 

Oh, just seen that KEF snuck in behind me up there!   Good morning KEF 

Replacing conifers

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:21

Sorry - I've never yet seen a Leylandii where cutting back into the brown wood has resulted in a pleasing look.  

In my experience they're an All or Nothing sort of a hedging plant - either put up with them as they grow or get rid - they do not take kindly to any type of 'management' other than a regular light trim.

If that were my garden I'd pay almost anything to get rid of them (I did here) and replace with a fence with trellis on top.  Covered with clematis, honeysuckle, roses etc it looks great and will be glorious in a couple of years' time. 

Just work out the square metre-age of useable garden you'll be gaining!!!


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:05

Good morning Chicky 

Yesterday sounds like a really good day - I have Fergus Garratt envy 


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:04

Good morning Snoodle 

They obviously don't give you enough annual leave - shall I have a word with them and explain that gardeners need more time off??? 


Sweet corn problems...

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 06:57

My guess is that they got burnt/parched during hardening off  - I'm not growing any this year (no room) but when I grew them the year before I found that they needed a fair bit of consistent dampness at their roots.

Hope that the others are making great strides very soon 


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 06:53

Good morning all 

OL, in my experience Babybrain lasts until the confusion of being parent of teens takes over - if you're lucky you might get a brief window of normality before menopause brain takes over - however I used 7 years of my 40s  to be an art student - brilliant excuse 'Oh, she's a student'  


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 19:37

Verdun - that's brilliant news - it's so sad that she doesn't have her mum to share these important things with, but she's obviously had a warm and loving family to support her and help her grow into a remarkable young woman.  I hope she's proud of herself - I know you are ((hugs)) 


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 18:54

It's ok Panda - we're going to arrange a trip to East Ruston Old Vicarage at the end of July aren't we   They have jolly good scones and it's so near the sea we might have to go and have ice cream too!!!

Alan 4711 might be well enough to come, and perhaps Supernoodle might be able to make it too!!! 

Grub id

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 18:50

That looks like a rose chafer larva - look here  

Put them in a compost heap or pile of rotting leaves - they'll help the earthworms to break it down.

Fascinating critters 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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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

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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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