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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Garlic Planting

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:14

I don't like using sharp sand for drainage - I've never found it effective - I prefer to use coarse grit. 

Re using last years patio pots

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:13

I do, but if you want to economise you can replace just the top half - but tip them out and go through the old compost to check for vine weevils and any other nasties first 

I am a sniffer.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:10

You'd be better off asking what I don't sniff - the leaves of Crown Imperial lilies and red and black currant bushes - the leaves of some roses smell amazing - Mme Alfred Carriere particularly, tomato leaves and stems, Herb Robert, all the herbs of course, fresh mown grass, a sun-parched garden with rain falling on it, a field of flowering field beans, a freshly harvested wheat field  ............

rose pruning - sealant?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:02

In the UK there is absolutely no need to seal the stems of rose bushes when pruning 

I've seen this recommended on Wiki How - I think it's written for US gardeners. 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:23

Just realised I've not dead-headed the hydrangea!!!!!!!!!  That will have to be done today.  

Talkback: How to grow autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:30

Give them a dose of Fish Blood and Bone about now, and maybe water in some potash too.  If your soil is on the alkaline side water in a couple of teaspoons of epsom salts too.  

Raspberries need quite a bit of water to produce fruit, so when you see them starting to flower make sure you give them a good soaking during dry spells.  I water mine whenever I water the runner beans. 

Carrots and turnips

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:28

Allium, try growing stump rooted varieties like chantenay 

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:04

Steven, if you click on a poster's name above the post, you'll see their personal profile which usually includes the area where they live.  Edd's from Co. Durham  so can't be far from you.

Carrots and turnips

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:02

Hello Nan   

Given that you're in Fife, are we talking about what we Southerners call Swedes (yellow fleshed) or turnips (white flesh)?

As for carrots, I've grown lovely Chantenay carrots in containers in multi-purpose compost. They're not huge carrots, but the flavour is great.

Info here 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 08:58

Good morning Verdun 

I often pad around in the garden in my pjs and crocs 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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How to get around the current problem .... 
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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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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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Last Post: 09/05/2014 at 08:02

Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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