London (change)
Today 27°C / 16°C
Tomorrow 24°C / 16°C


Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Mixed up second earlies and maincrop potaotes.

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:20

No point in harvesting them all as second earlies - second earlies don't store well.

I'd just dig them up as I need them for the kitchen, working my way through them until I've got them all - only digging up and storing any that are still in the ground when the first frosts are due. 


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:16

Didn't get the french bean seeds in -  heavens opened and kept opening - Dysoned downstairs and did some clothes flattening instead, then made ratatouille and couscous and pan-fried some marinated halloumi for supper.  

Now my feet are up and a second glass of Chardonnay is being taken - I'm usually more of a Sauv. blanc or Muscadet girl but this was a present and a very nice present it is/was too 



Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:01

Yes, I'm sure it will - they're pretty reliable - but it needs to grow up a bit as yet 

weed or veg?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:56

I did wonder about that initially, but the texture looked all wrong to me ...

Transparent worms???

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:54

Maybe the adults have wings 

Espalier Apples Trees

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:51

There are lots of different powdery mildews and they tend to be host specific, meaning that honeysuckle powdery mildew will only infect honeysuckle etc.  On top of that the plant has to be in a poor condition (usually suffering from drought) so that it is susceptible. 

I wouldn't use liquid seaweed every week - in my opinion that would be too much and result in soft growth and possibly an imbalance of nutrients in the soil - once a month would be enough - but if your apple tree is against the fence it needs more liquid than one can a week, even with rain.  I water my 2 year old espalier pear with a bucket of water 3 times a week at the moment. 

If planting shrubs in dry areas I sometimes get a large plastic tonic bottle (other mixers are available ), remove the screw cap, cut the bottom off and sink it into the soil neck downwards so that the neck is right by the roots of the shrub - you can then water direct into the bottle and the water is directed straight down to the roots.  I do this for my courgettes too. 

Transparent worms???

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:41

Isn't it fascinating what life there is in soil?  We need Nut's microscope 

weed or veg?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:35

Not sure about that - definitely not Curly Kale - but have you sown any Japanese brassicas? - it looks a bit like Mizuna  - but I'm not sure ...............

Anyone else got any ideas?

Sickly Magnolia

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:29

Hi Sharon - the problem with magnolias is that they tend to flower at the time of year when the UK is prone to spring showers and blustery winds - their beauty is therefore fleeting, but all the more wonderful for that 

weed or veg?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:25

Can't really see that well enough to ID it - don't know if anyone else can.

Is there a laptop or pc you can use? 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
Replies: 1    Views: 54
Last Post: 25/07/2014 at 08:27

Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
Replies: 11    Views: 154
Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 14:46


How to get around the current problem .... 
Replies: 94    Views: 1754
Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 22:02

Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

Replies: 204    Views: 3886
Last Post: 22/07/2014 at 08:23

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
Replies: 31    Views: 773
Last Post: 05/06/2014 at 21:07

Caterpillar ID

Replies: 8    Views: 242
Last Post: 04/06/2014 at 17:27

ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
Replies: 11    Views: 407
Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 14:09

Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
Replies: 30    Views: 877
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 16:54

Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
Replies: 22    Views: 797
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 11:28

Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
Replies: 5    Views: 248
Last Post: 22/05/2014 at 15:26

Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
Replies: 21    Views: 502
Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 22:02

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
Replies: 113    Views: 2550
Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 21:14

World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
Replies: 23    Views: 861
Last Post: 09/05/2014 at 08:02

Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
Replies: 22    Views: 625
Last Post: 21/04/2014 at 21:25

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
Replies: 55    Views: 1638
Last Post: 21/04/2014 at 13:07
1 to 15 of 77 threads