Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Impending frost...

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:56

Yes, a tripod of canes with some fleece, bubblewrap, newspaper or whatever around them will do the job.  

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:46

I do it by the traditional weighing method - weigh your eggs then use similar quantities of butter, flour and sugar for a Victoria sponge.  

This recipe does it slightly differently, but I don't like wasting any egg 

Impending frost...

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:32

That'll be why Monty and a few others of us still take our dahlias up for the winter then 

If you've got some big tomato pots I'd stuff them with straw or hay, or crumpled fleece if that's all you have, and up-end them over the dahlias.  Put a brick on top so they don't get blown around and break the new young shoots.  

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:24

I did   I love a duck egg - OH sells them at the farm shop - we might have to have a big fry up before too long - he sells good bacon, bangers and black pudding too.    

Duck eggs make brilliant sponge cakes too!  They hold the air much better  than hens' eggs do when whipped up. 

Cold spell coming up... Which of these need protecting?

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:13

Hi neighbour   We're in Norfolk too.

I wouldn't worry about those ... you may get a poor set of fruit on the apples and pears, those strawberry flowers may not produce fruit, but they will produce more flowers - the rest should be fine.

I've got broad beans flowering, tiny chard seedlings just peeking through, strawberries flowering, etc etc etc ... this isn't really abnormal weather ... most stuff will survive.

Impending frost...

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:35

My fruit and beans are a bit further ahead than usual at this time of year so a bit more vulnerable ... but that's Sod's Law isn't it 

It's usually wet windy weather that spoils things around here at this time of year - none of that - so far! 

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:32

Love Harry Belafonte ........ a great voice and a great human being - ninety this year and still speaking out against injustice and intolerance.

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Impending frost...

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:23

The blossom on my espalier pear is over now, and it's in a fairly sheltered corner so hopefully it should be ok.  The gooseberries are plumping up but hopefully they're in a sheltered enough spot too.  The broad beans are in full flower - hopefully they'll be ok too .... fingers crossed. 

Growing Brussels sprouts in containers

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:14
Hostafan1 says:

Well !!!!! blow me down!!

See original post

 Hosta, that's the problem with tall chaps like you being planted in containers of loose compost ... wind-rock 

Impending frost...

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:09

What sort of seedlings?  If they're hardy annuals/perennials they should be fine   

The half-hardy ones shouldn't have been sown yet.  Mine are still in the packets.  I've known snow in June - in Suffolk.  Most shrubs will be ok ... some leaves/blooms may get frosted but it's unlikely to kill hardy plants.  

If you've got small fruit trees in blossom it might be worthwhile draping them with fleece overnight but otherwise, as Pansyface says, it's not worth getting in a tizz over something we can do nothing about 

I've just popped out and put some bubble wrap over the seedlings in the little  lean-to greenhouse and now we'll just all cross our fingers together.

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