Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Baby Ash Tree Stow Away

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 22:13


Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 22:10

 Night night all ... Sleep tight. 

Unknown bird

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 20:14

Yes, absolutely agree with Scroggin ... a Grey partridge 

Potatoes planting through plastic

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 19:05

The reason that traditionally grown potatoes are said to 'clean the ground' is because the soil has to be cultivated and kept loose so that the potatoes can be earthed up, therefore the gaps between the roes are regularly hoed to be kept free of weeds and the soil is moved about to earth up the potatoes throughout the growing season.  

Also as the potatoes grow the foliage becomes thick and one row of potatoes meets the next one, shading out any germinating weeds around them.  

Then when the potatoes are lifted the beds are dug over again to get all the tubers, preventing any  'volunteers' growing ... again this keeps the soil cultivated preventing weed growth.

Afraid it's not some magical property that the potatoes have .......... it's the hard work of the gardener that cleans the soil. 


Posted: 10/05/2017 at 16:37

Don't allow rhubarb to flower - it weakens the plant.  Take the whole flower stem out from the base and give the plant lots of water - a couple of buckets full today and more in a few days time.  It's probably the prolonged dry spell that has put it under stress.  I'd stop pulling stalks for this season unless it's very prolific.  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 16:15

About time Joyce ........ I've had to eat extra cake to replace the calories used running up and down the stairs 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 15:59

Hmmm ... that's what I'd heard MuddyFork .......... not really a lot of use then 

The plumber came when he said he would and charged  roughly what we thought he would £45 ... we have a working downstairs loo   

Last edited: 10 May 2017 15:59:26


Posted: 10/05/2017 at 15:54

We have B. Miss Ruby ... compact and floriferous and a fabulous colour ... really recommend it 

Transplanting a mature Jacaranda - help needed

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 14:50

I can't help thinking that a tree of that size is going to be very unstable in a container - even a large and heavy one - its foliage will act as a sail and catch the wind and tip over.  It could even be dangerous. I'm afraid I don't think it's a very good idea 

Last edited: 10 May 2017 14:51:48

Over fertilised lawn urgent help. I am panicking

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 14:41

Don't soak for a week!  It doesn't do most plants any good to have their roots in water - you'll  do more harm than good and the roots will rot.  They need oxygen.  Just give them a really good water as we said.  

Unless you've put the fertilizer on my the shovel-full you won't have done that much harm I'm sure.  

Although the box gives emounts, it's not an exact science ... there is a little leeway. 

Last edited: 10 May 2017 14:43:46

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