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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 10:43

I'm not going out to sow those Aconitums this morning Fishy - they'll have to wait a bit longer

Deapth of Rose's...?????

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 10:42

Hello Macks-boy

Yes the old way was to keep the graft union above ground.  Now the usual practice is to bury the graft union.  The theory is that this helps prevent wind-rock and consequent suckering from the rootstock.  It also allows the top growth to root into the soil and this will produce sturdier growth.  I've been doing this for the past 20 years or so and it certainly works for me.

Building a garden bed over cement plzzzz help

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:58

Interesting links Sue - I've made a note of those, thanks  - but probably not useful for the Original Poster as he's in the USA

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:54

Snap Nut


Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:52

Debenhams website down?  Oh dear, do you think I bought too much?

And at last I can commiserate with you lot - the rain has arrived - it waited until I'd put a thick fleecy dressing gown in the wash

Small pond

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:47

If it's to be a wildlife pond you don't need a pump or fish.  We put in a small pond last year using a flexible liner - the pond is about 2m x 1.5m and only about 2ft deep at the deepest bit - we couldn't go deeper because of tree roots.  It's in shade for half of the day and for our pond this is good because as it's shallow the water would overheat if it was in sunlight all day.  We put plenty of native plants in the pond, especially hornwort, watercress and brooklime which are good oxygenators.  We started things off with a couple of litres of water from a ditch on the nearby marshes and within a few weeks wildlife was making itself at home.  We have Common newts, frogs, toads, damsel and dragon flies to name just a few creatures regularly seen thereand a grass snake has visited and eaten a frog.  It's the best thing we've done in this garden - we waste hours laying on our tummies peering into the water watching the life in there - much better than the telly  

The first pic is quite soon after it was planted etc, and the second is just a couple of months later




Posted: 14/11/2014 at 08:08

Good morning all

Pdoc, I'll join you today in not clearing leaves - not because of the rain, but because I'm waiting for them all to fall - I don't want to do the job twice!

Bekkie - you can try and I'll see if I can get used to it

Good to hear from you Bill and everyone else.

I have some Aconitum seeds to sow



Posted: 13/11/2014 at 19:56

DD, yes it's based on a Dan Lepard recipe for stone fruit yoghurt cake that was in the Guardian.

Lesley - we've piled up stuff in quiet corners, including the runner bean haulms in one corner with some hay right at it's inner core - I've seen signs that 'someone's' been going into one of the heaps, there were signs that dry leaves had been taken in, and food left around that area has been regularly eaten - I reckon that's where he is but I won't disturb him.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 19:05

You're such a gentleman Verdun

Lesley, I'm quite safe - Hefty is all tucked up snug in his heap of runner bean haulms , hay and ash leaves


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:52

Hello folks - no baking this afternoon  been at the hairdresser's - but here's one I made earlier

 Nectarine and raspberry cake - good on its own or with cream - anyone got any cream?

Hair all stylish again - think Dame Judy but spikier

I tried to avoid the problem I had last time I was waiting for a bus by going into Debenhams instead of M&S  - didn't work - they had a big sale on   three Mantaray tops in my size and colour - oh well, a person can't go about in her gardening clothes every day

Now I'd better read back and find out what everyone else has been doing today

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