Dovefromabove


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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:36

Gorgeous Hosta 


Weather here is absolutely horrid ...... even the sheltered back garden is being badly buffeted by the blustery wind and rain.  

Taming nasturtiums

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 12:13

The flowers are edible too ....... and you can pickle the seeds and use them instead of capers 


http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/pickled-nasturtium-seeds-recipe-uk-capers-3791/ 


A wonderful plant 


http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/nasturtium 

Dye to prevent duckweed and algae

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 11:59

PP I find the pond snails tend to appear on weed at the surface in the warm sunshine ... the rest of the time they spend their time more hidden ... maybe yours are still lurking around somewhere?


Or maybe the water doesn't contain enough calcium?  See here


http://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/habitats/pond/identifying-creatures-pond/snails/ 

Loss of apples

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 11:51

The pollinator has to be from a different variety from the right pollination group.


Info here


https://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/pollinationchecker.aspx?v=1102


Taming nasturtiums

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 11:36

If you're going to take some leaves off, include them in a salad or sandwich ... really good in an egg sandwich, also great with wholemeal bread and salami as well as lots of other things.  

Tares take over nice folks garden!

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 11:12

There is a theory that they grow less strongly in limy soil ............ we don't have it in this area (as far as I'm aware) and we have very chalky soil.  


Once you make a bit of headway it might be an idea to lime the soil ... it will of course preclude growing ericaceous plants, but if it was me I'd probably feel that was a small sacrifice to pay.  

Tares take over nice folks garden!

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 10:34

Afraid it's not just a case of digging them out ..... the roots of Marestail go down for many many feet and they are resistant to most treatments.  


This earlier thread (there are many others too) may help  http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/mares-tail/997122.html 


Good luck.  

Dye to prevent duckweed and algae

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 10:29

We started our pond snail colony by buying some online (from a reputable supplier as I didn't want to introduce any problems to the pond)  ... however I wouldn't do that until I'd discovered why your existing colony seems to have disappeared.  

Help/ advice - Disease

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 09:43

It's the other way around ... lichen tends to grow better on slow growing branches ... so if the plant isn't growing well the lichen has more opportunity to make itself at home.  

Last edited: 06 June 2017 09:44:11

Dye to prevent duckweed and algae

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 09:40

I agree Lyn ... our small pond has a bit of duckweed and the occasional bit of blanket weed in the spring, which we occasionally remove by hand, but most of the time the water is kept beautifully clear by the oxygenating plants and lots of pond snails who munch on the algae, blanketweed and duckweed.


Before the colony of pond snails had established itself we used Blagdon's Barley Straw Extract occasionally to deal with blanket weed ... it was very successful and perfectly natural and didn't harm the frogs, toads, newts, grass snakes and many invertebrates who use our pond.  

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