Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Bug Recipe

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:16


I find that a simple solution of a few drops Ecover washing up liquid in half a pint of water in a hand sprayer deals with most things if the birds and predatory insects aren't doing their duty.  Aphids usually get a fierce jet of water from the hosepipe.  I always leave some for the birds and ladybirds, otherwise they might give up and go elsewhere for their breakfast.

What's the secret to raising strong tomato plants?

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:06

I grow mine outside and I grow them hard  - only watering when the foliage begins to flag, then giving the soil/compost a real soaking.  Sometimes that means only watering them once a week, even in sunny weather. 

They get fed when the first truss has set and again when the second truss has set.  That's all.

We get very little BER or (fingers crossed) blight, and we find the flavour of the tomatoes very good indeed.

If you listened to Gardener's Question Time last week, you'll have heard the experts recommending a similar regime to ensure well flavoured tomatoes. 


Shrub ID

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:00

All my plants have records (I think) - it's just finding the records ..............

What's this plant I have...

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 13:56

Hi Buccs - I'll send you a PM

Thin red robins

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 13:38

The red leaves grow on the new shoots - the more you cut it back the more new shoots it'll throw out so the more red leaves she'll get

Which do you prefer?

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 13:09

They both come over as warnings to me.  The red and white seem clearer.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 12:50

Maybe we don't really need to use the detergent


Brrrr!  It's flippin' cold here and mizzly.  I'm going to knit and watch the racing

What's this plant I have...

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 12:34

 I'm afraid that until the new all singing all dancing upgrade comes in towards the end of April you won't be able to post from a phone. 

See the post from Editor Daniel Haynes on this thread

Do you have access to a laptop/pc? Or could you put the photo on a photo-hosting site and post a link?

Bug Recipe

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 12:23

Which bugs are you having a problem with?

What's this plant I have...

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 12:21

Hi Buccs

To upload a picture you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions.  If you can't see the green tree, or are having problems, let us know

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