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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Ground elder thriving

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:20

Hi Mr Mustard

Large sheets of cardboard  to shield your plants, and even rolling card to make a cone to enclose the ground elder, then use the spray carefully.  It won't transfer to other plants when it's dry.

Good luck

Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:15
Verdun wrote (see)

... Give a little feed and water if dry. 

That's the crocosmias, not the daughter.  You can feed her but don't water - if she's dry that's good - particularly at that age


Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:11

Hello and Welcome to Trefor Bark - good to see you

We're back and flolloping on the sofa - shopping is such hard work!!!  First coffee and pastries in Carluccio's, then new comfy shoes, perfume, shampoo and similar bits & pieces from Boots, six  summery tops (M&S very reduced) some wood glue and brass screws to fix a garden chair, a big sheet of plastic and a large roll of art paper for OH.  The roll of paper was so long we had to have the top down to bring it back, then I pressed the button to put the top up before OH had taken it out of the car, and squidged it a bit   good job it's for prep sketching, not important stuff  

Lunch was at Jamie O's Italian place - I had lovely little lamb chops with a chilli yoghurt dip, onion and mint salad, polenta chips and cauliflower fritti.  OH had spicey duck leg with Italian green lentils and fennel salad. We shared my polenta chips and cauliflower.   It was really really good

We decided we'd only need something light for supper , so we bought a lobster from the market and some asparagus from the farm shop on the way home - I'll make some hollandaise for it, but I think we'll be eating late this evening.

We know how to live

Lovely hairdo Panda


Posted: 08/06/2015 at 10:23

You should see this place Panda - it's famous and one of the Wonders of the World -

Right, we're off - see you later ...

drooping fushia

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 10:08

I've found Vine Weevil nematodes very effective - you can buy them online. 

I prefer to use that rather that the chemicals that can also poison bees and other beneficial insects.

Can't upload profile picture

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 10:05

Keep trying - good luck

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 08:18

Rhubarb since February and purple sprouting broccoli in April and May; in the past three weeks we've had spring cabbages, broad beans, lots of fresh herbs (chives, mint, parsley, gtarragon and oregano), goosegogs, lettuces, radishes - delicious


Posted: 08/06/2015 at 08:02

Gingernuts!  In the morning!  Seems all wrong to me

Toast and marmite please

Frost tonight!!!???

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 07:01

Hope all is well this morning. 

Only down to 7C here overnight, but we're pretty close to the city and get the benefit.

no more spraying

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 06:57

Encourage birds into your garden by hanging up feeders and providing a birdbath - they'll come and eat your aphids and caterpillars for you.

Make a couple of holes at the base of your garden fence to enable hedgehogs to travel about the area to eat bugs, slugs, beetles etc and make sure there's always some fresh water out for them.

Have an area of your garden where there's lots of low-growing plants and low sprawling shrubby things for cover for the hedgehogs and ground-creeping birds like dunnocks.

Make a pond or bog garden, no matter how small.

If you have a pet cat, keep it indoors at night to help protect birds and small mammals.

By doing these simple things and not using pesticides you'll create a balance in your garden and most problems will sort themselves out without too much effort from you.

It'll take a little time, but it'll really be worth it


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