Dovefromabove


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Posted: 21/07/2016 at 14:31

Sometimes I look at a thread I've posted on and a follow up query has already been responded to by someone else - if I've nothing to add to that response there's little point in me posting again on that particular thread. 


If you feel that your question hasn't been fully answered there's no harm in posting again on that thread to bump the query up to the top again.


But, if the question is significantly different to the original one it's a good idea to start a new thread with an appropriate title - sometimes we may feel that we've said all that we can say on a thread entitled 'Carrots', and if someone then tacks a question about beetroot onto the same thread it may not get answered there, whereas a thread with beetroot in the title would create more interest.  


Does that make sense?

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 14:20

Hello Wonky - we need photos of the giant dahlia ... remember, if you get to the top you have to beware of the ogre ... and any golden geese that lay golden eggs have to be shared with your Mama - that's the law!!! 


Have a fantastic day tomorrow - give Step Gdaughter a big ((hug)) from me and tell her she's a very clever girl .......... a real credit to you both ......... you've done her proud 


Trying to do some potting on outside, but it's getting warmer and warmer and I'm beginning to melt... and now the neighbours across the way have a man and an angle grinder making a noise 

Last edited: 21 July 2016 14:21:07

Hedge is Dying

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:48

Woah!   That's far too much fertiliser - the poor plants are still trying to get their roots established - it's the equivalent of giving a baby a three course gourmet meal plus wine and brandy!  


I wouldn't have given them any feed yet - when it's well established a sprinkling of Fish, Blood and Bone twice a year (spring and early summer) would be all I'd give them.


It's hard to tell whether you've over-watered them - stick your finger in the soil up to the first knuckle.  Is the soil dry or wet?  They only need watering when the soil an inch below the surface is dry. 


I'm a bit confused re the direction of the sunlight - I had no idea that the sun sets in the East in Dublin - don't think it did when we visited 

Last edited: 21 July 2016 12:50:06

Hedge is Dying

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 11:47

As Obelixx says, we need more info.


Also, is there a membrane under that gravel?

Compost

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:56
Dovefromabove says:

... I make the coffee/fetch the beer 


See original post

 Monty seems to ignore the importance of that bit 

Compost

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:31

We do what you do - to be honest OH usually takes the fork out of my hands and takes over - I make the coffee/fetch the beer 

Plant ID please

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:22

They look to me like foxgloves - I've had some which have not flowered in their second year but have grown huge lush leaves, then go on to produce a magnificent show of blooms in their third year.  Fingers crossed that's what you have - but you'll have to wait and see  

My sunflower carked it

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:17

We've had problems in the past from overweight and very stupid wood pigeons not understanding that the top of a sunflower plant will not bear their weight  but at least we find the broken flower head on the ground  -  and in some cases we see it happening and at least we're provided with a few moments of sheer slapstick comedy


... in your case, in the absence of any proof to the contrary, I'd blame grey squirrels 

Last edited: 21 July 2016 10:18:16

Bl*#dy Tomatoes!

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:07

I grow mine outside in what can be a blustery garden in Norfolk - I use big plastic pots the size of large buckets, and a bamboo cane and soft twine.   I've grown all types, usually cordons, including large Russians and Marmandes as well as Sungold and large plum tomatoes.  


They've withstood all sorts of conditions - if there's a very strong wind forecast I move them up close to the fence and occasionally have been known to put a loop of twine around the  top of the cane and fix it to the fence so the pots don't blow over.  


I think you're right Steve, in that it's the selection of pots that's important - plenty of depth gives stability to the cane and the plant roots.

Termites attacking the lawn

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 08:39

The alternative to chemical control for ants is to use nematodes https://www.nematodesdirect.co.uk/9-no-ants-nematodes


However, if as we suspect you are in the US and the problem is from termites, there are nematodes which will deal with them too http://www.arbico-organics.com/category/pest-solver-guide-termites 


I'm sure other suppliers and brands are available 

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