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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Flies in compost

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 09:22

I don't usually mind the occasional fly - got to feed the spiders with something - but those big fat Blow Flies that appear on warm winter days  they buzz around lazily and appear so malevolent 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 09:13

Punkdoc, I read somewhere that it's good to have a bit of padding as you get older as it helps guard against fractures when we fall - maybe you need a bit more?

And I have to admit that as I set off just now it started tipping down again, so I'm back indoors again - there are some days that are just not made for walking 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:48

Rain has stopped so I'll go for my stomp now - see you later folks 

Slug nematodes... yay or nay?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:39

As Verdun says, it's when those first shoots appear that the slugs and snails do their worst - I keep my eye on the border and as soon as they begin to peek through the soil I put a layer of sharp sand over and around them (about 8" diameter).  

I also make sure there's no twigs, stems, branches or leaves of other plants in the vicinity that the marauding slugs could use as a bridge to get to the delphinium shoots - they're crafty little beggars!  

We had some lovely delphinium blooms last summer 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:33

I much prefer Lamb's Lettuce - easy to grow and very tasty 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:27

Morning KEF 

Gravel versus slugs

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:23

We're not far from you and we don't get a lot of slugs and snail bother here (crossing fingers and touching wood) - I put it down to resident frogs and hedgehogs and quite gritty soil and Fairygirl's magic wand.


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:20

I kept a deep pink flowered fibrous rooted begonia in a pot on a shady indoor windowsill for years - it always had flowers on it every week of the year - true to it's name semperflorens = ever blooming.

Really easy to take cuttings from too


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:12

Good morning all   Really wet here - no chance of my regular morning stomp  OH has gone off on his bike with waterproof leggings on (he's wearing them, the bike isn't )

Clari, that pond is going to be fantastic 

I shall have to go down to the village later to pick up some bits and pieces - I took some smoked haddock out of the freezer last night but need some potatoes and leeks - Cullen Skink for supper this evening - must also get a haggis and a swede for Burns Night on Saturday 



Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:12

Feet up, knitting out, wine glass filled again .............. see you in the morning folks - sweet dreams everyone 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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A Holly Orchard

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Happy Endings

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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Growing Mushrooms

Has anyone done it on purpose? 
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