Latest posts by Dovefromabove

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 

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.  

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 09:26

Hello again folks 

Washed dressed mascara'd and on the sofa ........ foot feeling quite a bit better .... still achey but the PAIN  has more or less gone most of the time and I've stopped needing painkillers at night. My knee and ankle are also a lot improved, although it's all a delightful shade of yellow still.   Onwards and upwards.  

Frittata with lots of salad is an occasional supper dish here ......... with leftovers (if there are any) for lunch the next day 

Tumbling Tom (yellow cherry) young tomato fruit

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 07:57

I know Angie  .... Not a lot of it about these days ... We have to cultivate more of it 

What is this plant please

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 07:53

I'd go for Verbascum thapsus but we need to see the flowers to be sure ... But it is definitely a verbascum. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 07:45

Good chicken run Clari. Hope you find another one :-)

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 07:43

Good morning all 

We appear to have had quite a bit of rain - that'll make the garden grow!!! There'll be some edges to trim and weeds to pull when Wonky visits next week 

Tumbling Tom (yellow cherry) young tomato fruit

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 21:42

Be patient. With any luck they'll go on producing fruit until well into September/October 

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