Latest posts by Dovefromabove

nettle feed

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:55

Yes, it would be just what is needed for lettuce 

Best feed/product

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:52

I use Fish Blood & Bone - a balanced slow release fertiliser suitable for growing organically.

I also use chicken manure pellets on the veg patch in the spring where I'm going to grow leafy veg.

I use a liquid tomato feed on toms, courgettes, squashes etc when they're beginning to set fruit.  I find this is also good for roses and clematis.  I also use a specialist clematis fertiliser on the climbers (roses, clems, honeysuckle) a couple of times a year as they can need a bit of a boost. 

I dig as much well rotted farmyard manure as I can into the veg patch early each spring and mulch everywhere with homemade garden compost. 


Rhubarb from Scratch

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:46

Rhubarb should be planted with lots of organic matter and not allowed to dry out.  However, take care not to let the soil get wet and boggy.

Don't harvest any stems in the first year after planting and only take a few in the following year.  Always stop harvesting after mid to late June, to allow the crown to build up for the following year. 

I give mine a feed of Fish, Blood & Bone in spring, again in mid summer when I stop picking, and again in late autumn when I also mulch around the crown with well rotted farmyard manure.

When all the leaves have died right down in the late autumn remove them so they don't encourage rot in the crown. 

I hope that helps 

Was there anything specific that was puzzling you? 


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:38

Morning Fg   no rain here for ages either - pond's down a couple of inches but the frogs don't seem to mind - I don't want to top it up as the only option is tap water and that'll run the risk of it going green again.  

KEF, hope OH has enjoyed Norfolk -he's been in a lovely part of it 


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:10

It's got 3 proper leaves now KEF - I'm going to weed out the carrots around it and give it some space.  I didn't want to try moving it as it's a wee bit late in the season to risk setting it back by transplanting it.  

My best bet is that it's a Crown Prince squash - I buy several each autumn from the farm shop and store them in the garage, eating them through the winter so by the law of averages there's a lot of those seeds in the compost.  Of course, we also have the occasional melon, but my bet is on the squash. 


Orchids Flowers

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:06

It's sometimes hard to tell the difference between a new aerial root and a new flower spike - there's some info here which should help 


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:00

Morning KEF   We'll have to have an afternoon nap!


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 06:56

Good morning all 

Yes Gg, Bekkie's right - probiotics will sort your tum out after antibiotics 

Overcast so far this morning but mild - pigeons are cooing in the trees and the neighbour's chicken has just announced the arrival of yet another egg into the world. 

I've hung a line of washing out and checked the garden thermometer, but as I'd not reset it after my few days away there's no point in recording the temperatures until tomorrow. 


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 21:23

 Got to doze - see you in the morning folks - sweet dreams 

Plum tree

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 21:17

Is your tree looking healthy Bergerac?  Trees sometimes produce blossom out of season because they're under stress for some reason.

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