Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Ants on raspberry bushes

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 07:36

Ants may nest around the roots which might cause a problem, but ants like dry soil and raspberries fruit best if their roots are in moist soil, so I would water the raspberries - give them a good soaking; that should deal with the ants as well as making the raspberries happy. 



Posted: 21/04/2014 at 07:16

I agree with the advice above - don't let the problem get you down - knock it on the head then get on and enjoy it - and if the allotment is too big for you to cope with when  also coping with being a new parent, then why not see if a friend would like to share it with you 


never had a pond and would like a small one

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 06:56

Just a thought, but a slope give you the opportunity of using a small pump and creating a water feature on two levels, with a stream or waterfall 

help needed identifying weed

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 06:53

I think it's been well established that neither method, not glyphosate nor continual pulling out and shading, cultivation and liming will get rid of horsetail (also known colloquially as marestail in some areas) - as you've said, " I've been trying to figure out what to do next.  There are still tons of roots out there.... "

Both methods, if repeatedly applied will, in my experience, give the gardener a degree of control.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 06:21

Good morning all  Wide awake at early o'clock as usual - Mr Bluetit is up in the smaller ash tree shouting that this is his garden and his missus has a nest and please will all other bluetits just keep away!!!

Still none of the promised rain - I even hung a line of jeans out overnight to make sure it would rain, but nothing.  I shall have to put the sprinkler on the front lawn to water in the weed & feed 

Do I talk too much.?

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 06:12

Dear Mike - please don't worry - just carry on as you are - your posts are full of information and humour, and we're honoured that you choose to share some of your life story with us too.  That's what gardening friends do 

In the theater

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:52


Mothers Day present

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:48

Think I'd pot them on this week so they have individual pots - start getting them used to being outside - at first just during the day and bring them in at night.  

Then when the temps have warmed up and we're not getting any more frosts (mid - end of May depending on where you are) then they can be planted out in the garden 


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:26

Don't look at me - I'm going backwards - I'm 26 - and if you believe that ............. 

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