Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Introduction and weed identification

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 14:59

Hello Jo

Good information from Nutcutlet (as usual)

The brambles and rose bushes are probably the result of birds having deposited the seeds in their droppings - they germinate and take root very easily

The clumps of large-ish leaves - are they slightly furry, or are they slightly bristly?

If they're slightly furry they may well be foxgloves, which will flower in the coming summer and they'll look lovely and be good for bees. 

However, if they're slightly bristly they could be one of the borage family, possibly Green Alkanet  which, although an interesting plant, can spread like made and be a bit of thug. 



Identification please

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 13:18

It looks a bit like a shrubby salvia but the flower's wrong ... and the leaves would have a smell

Bird feeders

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 12:10

Which birds are eating the food on the ground and trays?

Too early to plant - NE Scotland?

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 11:07

I'd go for broad beans - they're not climbers .

soggy soil

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 09:58

Don't worry - we'll get you there

While you're waiting for spring, some photos of the garden - where the sun and shadows fall at different times of the day etc would be good.

You can post them on here by clicking on the green tree icon on the toolbar, and then we can have a chat with you about them

Mini forests

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 09:56

Don't think mini-forests will work here Lyn - mini bramble patches might?

Grow box with monitoring and remote control system

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 09:52

The only people I can think of who would be interested in this technology would be the criminals who grow industrial quantities of cannabis, usually exploiting illegal Vietnamese immigrants to tend them.  They are usually discovered because of the 'gardeners' visiting the 'unoccupied' properties to feed and water the plants.

Anyone who is actually interested in growing plants will acquire 'green fingers' by growing plants and observing the results of their actions.  No one is born with green fingers - you earn them

Mini forests

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 09:45

Lucky if a three year old oak seedling will reach 12" eh Lyn?  And then when it does get going it can turn into one of these

 a forest all on it's own.


soggy soil

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 09:39

Hi Juju2 and welcome  

Don't worry too much about where you post your queries - we usually find them wherever they are

I wouldn't worry too much about your garden yet - mine is free-draining sandy loam and it's like a bog at the moment!

When the weather dries up (and it will) you can assess the type of soil you have, and how it drains, and we'll help you work out your options

The important thing to remember with cold wet soil is to leave it alone and try not to walk on it (especially on the lawn) as it'll compact the soil and make the problems worse. 

Now is the time of year to put your feet up, read gardening books, natter on this forum and consider just some of the things you might like to do in the garden


Posted: 25/01/2016 at 09:03
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