Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 07:13

Good morning Mrs G - hope you're feeling better 

My apple tree isn't well

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 07:12

I'd like to see a pic of the whole tree. 

Pond almost done!

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 07:10

Bruce - a bath will be much too steep sided for frogs - it will also be a death-trap to hedgehogs and other small mammals.  You need to find a way of making a shallow sloping 'beach' at one end. 


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 07:06

Morning Chicky   re the birdfeeders - I think what happens is the adults use the reliable source of food to keep their own energy levels up while they hunt for caterpillars and aphids for the nestlings - that's my theory anyway. 

Is it possible to

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 06:57

Hi Beanyjeany

Yes, it ought to be fine there in the right sort of spot - have a look here 

what type of plant is this please

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 06:51

In gardens it's usually regarded as a weed Shelley.  There are some types that are grown as feed crops for cattle 

What magazines/books do you read AND actually use

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 06:40

Delightful Freudian slip there - or shall we blame Auto-correct? 

I have Christopher Lloyds's The Well-chosen Garden and Alan T's more recent book, which was a prize on one of the GW competitiions, but I've not read it yet and the name escapes me.  I've also got an elderly vegetable book by Percy Thrower and an even older one which belonged to my gardening granny - most of the rest are plant reference books - RHS etc. and piles and piles and piles of The Garden and GW. 

Failed Sweetcorn

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 06:32

Ah!  RHS gives different information to my (rather elderly) book - the RHS says soil temp needs to be a minimum of 10C for sweetcorn germination - I know there are newer varieties that do better in the UK climate, so maybe that accounts for the difference.  

But I still think that it may be the cool temperatures that have caused germination problems - I don't know where you are Colin, but it's only been this week that we've had overnight temperatures of over 8C, and we've not had any overnight minimums of 10C yet. 


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 06:26

Sorry but you were told wrong AWB - the reason for not harvesting in the first year is to allow the crown to build up, otherwise it'll never develop into a good strong plant and be really productive. 

Whoever fed you that bit of mis-information, you'd better explain to them that although the leaves contain oxalic acid it is not in the stems, not even in the first year. 


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 06:18

Good morning all - a pinch and a punch for the first of the month! 

We've had a shower overnight - that'll water in the seaweed treatment I sprinkled on the back lawn on Tuesday.  I don't use weed & feed on the back lawn because of the frogs and now of course because of the pond, but the grass is a bit sparse so I thought I'd give it a boost.  

I'm going to wander around the garden with a hoe this morning, but then I'm off to have lunch with foody friends in Cromer 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

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If you're buying big pots ....

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Crown Prince squash???

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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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