Latest posts by Dovefromabove

What could I grow here ?

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 06:51

I've seen a Cistus work very well in a similar spot, making a mound of colour in the summer. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 06:44

Good morning all  G'day Pat 

Its a lovely sunny morning. We've been sitting in bed watching a pair of bluetits hoovering up caterpillars from a young oak tree 

Listening to a report from a Medcin sans Frontier centre near Mosul ... Thinking of Nigel and Moira ... 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 21:45

Night night all ... Sleep tight ... Sweet dreams 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 19:46

Thanks Fairy ... bookmarked 

OH has unloaded 3 bags of compost and 3 bags of manure from the car boot for me as well as going down the street and voting ... I've washed up and tidied away ... now flollopped again 

Have a lovely restful evening everyone 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 18:39

Flollopped on the sofa with a glass of something   both of us stuffed with homemade chicken, ham and leek pie.  

I've heard from Wonky that she's had a lovely day pricking out and potting on in the lovely warm greenhouse, and having tractor driving practice ... that bit wasn't in the greenhouse 


Posted: 04/05/2017 at 18:31

For larger toms I'll go for Anna Russian which is a large Oxheart tomato - a wonderful sweet/citrussy flavour - but it's a sprawling tomato that either needs lots and lots of support, or can be allowed to sprawl across the ground like a squash ... but beware slug damage if that's the way you choose to do it.

For smaller toms it's Sungold all the way for me. 

Fish thieving magpies!

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 16:36

Last year we watched magpies taking mud and muddy grass roots from the end of our pond to help with nestbuilding.  

We have no fish in our pond so  they weren't attracted by them. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 13:54

I've always been a sort of Republican (as opposed to a Monarchist - not the American political sort)  ......... however, given the recent results of democracry around the globe,  I think I'm veering more towards a benign global dictatorship .......... as long as I can be the dictator 

Weed or Flower

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 13:20

Yes, persicaria maculosa known to me and other people who have spent many hours hoeing fields of sugar beet in their youth as Redshank ..... a common weed in recently disturbed soil.  

To save or not to save. That is the question

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 13:17

You'll have to pull the weeds out by hand, loosening the roots with a small hand fork or trowel ... any weedkiller will kill the hedge too.

As for feeding - I use Fish, Blood & Bone which is a slow release organic fertiliser - available from most garden centres, DIY places etc either in powder or pellet form - follow the pack instructions for amounts etc.  I use it twice a year, once in the spring and again in mid summer.  

If the twigs are dry and brittle and have no leaves anywhere on them, snip them out with a pair of secateurs.  Getting rid of them will allow more air circulation which will improve the health of your hedge.

 Reducing the height of the hedge by half at this time of year will ensure good fast growth and a handsome hedge 

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