Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Pond Newst

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 11:45

If the water turns green try using Blagdon Barley Straw Extract and Blagdon Sludge Control regularly.

Both are perfectly natural and perfectly suitable for a wildlife pond.  It is not always possible for a manmade pond to achieve a balance without a bit of help because of the difficulties of scale

We've also found that the introduction of pond snails to our wildlife pond has really improved the quality of the water.  

Last edited: 16 June 2017 11:46:45


Posted: 16/06/2017 at 11:42

I really wouldn't worry about getting fruit or not from an olive tree in my garden ... you cannot eat them fresh from the tree ... the processing of olives to make them fit to eat is quite complex and not really worth it for small amounts ... I'd rather leave it to the professional olive growers and processors. 

If I grew an olive tree it would be for its looks only. 

Pond Newst

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 11:32

It's not a good thing to replace water in a wildlife pond ........ lots of the small creatures that your newts frogs etc feed on will no longer be there. 

Pond Newst

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 11:29

Yes, newts, frogs and toads all need a gentle slope to be able to get in and out of the water.   All three spend much more of their time on land than in water. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 11:19

Just heard the Queen and Prince William are visiting the survivors ... it takes a 90 year old woman to show the PM how to behave ... shame on her.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 11:17

I only use Notifications for PMs ....... that bit seems to be working ok. 

Pollarding lime trees

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 11:15
kate_hollis says:

Thanks so much for your input.  However, I don't think lime and plane trees are Acer species are they?

See original post

 No ...... I just quoted an extract from the RHS advice on pollarding trees.  If you read it the mention of Acer species is just a caveat to the general advice. 


Posted: 16/06/2017 at 10:11

What about planting them into tomato growbags ... cheaper than buying loads of pots ... 


Posted: 16/06/2017 at 09:59

It will need a larger pot if you can't plant it out in the garden.

I would use a mixture of two parts  loam based John Innes No 2 compost  and one part multi-purpose compost similar to the one it's planted in.  

Is this the only spinach plant you have?  One plant does not yield much on its own.  


Posted: 16/06/2017 at 09:30

Yours looks ready to plant out now.

Here's a video about picking spinach 

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