Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Do I encourage or "dispatch" these insect?

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 20:04

Don't know what they are, but the only insect pests I dispatch are Lily Beetles, which have no predators in the UK. 

The rest are all part of Nature's rich pattern and provide food for someone.  They may also be important pollinators ... bees don't do it all. 

Easiest Veg to Grow from seeds

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 19:27


I'd also use 50% John Innes No 2 and 50% multipurpose compost, mixed together.  

Apple Tree problems!

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 19:17

Stop spraying and leave them alone to grow ... I've never sprayed my grapevine -  these are some grapes I picked last year - I wouldn't spray fungicide on something I was going to eat. 

Last edited: 21 April 2017 19:22:44

Easiest Veg to Grow from seeds

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 19:11

No, both can be quite tricky.

Try dwarf French beans.  Easy to grow and very rewarding ... you'll feel like a real gardener when you pick and eat your first harvest. 

General Questions

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 17:31


Perhaps it would have been more accurate to say 'hates root disturbance'  ... if you're growing in modules the roots may not notice when they've been transplanted ... but that's not always easy for a novice. 

General Questions

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 17:24

OK, 15 litres per plant - that's better for some of the bigger ones, but too big for the smaller ones.  It's not good for plants to be over-potted - the soil becomes sour. 

General Questions

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 17:20

Is that 1.5l pots?

That won't be big enough for some of them, e.g. rosemary, fennel, lovage.  My lovage grew to 7ft tall and my fennel nearly as big.  

This is quite a small rosemary bush 

Last edited: 21 April 2017 17:23:36

Cabbage, Cauliflower and Broccoli problems

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 17:18

Is your veg patch shady?

Broccoli is a tall plant - mine are often a metre plus tall, but cabbages and caulis are usually shorter. 

Two Flowering plants ID please

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 17:15

The first is a saxifrage.

The second picture is of Spanish bluebells.  They're inter-breeding with our native bluebells, so if you have a native bluebell wood nearby you might consider getting rid of your Spanish ones.  

Hydrangetd new blooms brown

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 17:09

It's very early indeed for hydrangeas to be flowering unless they've been forced and kept in a sheltered or heated greenhouse ... if this is the case and now they've been put outside, the bright sunshine and/or frosts could both have damaged the blooms.  

Last edited: 21 April 2017 17:13:06

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