Latest posts by Dovefromabove

My pond is a year old now but we haven't had many amphibious visitors :(

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:41

Enjoy   We plan to go pond dipping later to bring back some mini-beasts to live in our new pond 

Which way should I place the railway sleepers?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:38

So if I understand you correctly, you want to raise the far end of the bed so that it's level with this end - the lawn will continue to slope?

Is this both beds or just one side?

You'll need a fair amount of topsoil to fill the bed. 


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:35

Anyone listening to Radio 2 Love Songs this morning?  Don't know who selects the music for this programme but there are some very odd choices today - they're nearly all about disastrous unhappy relationships!!!

I had a very odd dream last night - featuring our ex MP John Selwyn Gummer (he used to be a neighbour) and some Parma ham 

Soil quality and safety

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:25

I don't know the scientific answer to this - hopefully someone will come along who does.

However, if they don't, my instinct is to cultivate the soil to a good spade's depth, leaving it for a couple of weeks for the weather and fresh air to work on it and  birds to have a good scratch about.  

If the soil doesn't appear or smell unpleasant after that then I'd dig in a good layer of well rotted farm yard manure and get on with gardening.  However I think in the first year I'd not grow salad or root crops - I'd concentrate on beans, peas and brassicas.

If your're not happy with the soil then instead of planting veg for the first season, I think I'd sow a green manure that you dig into the soil later in the season - then when that's been done you could plant some winter cropping brassica plants bought from the GC and sow some winter-hardy broad beans to crop in the following spring.

Then next spring I'd stop worrying and get on and enjoy your veg patch. 


Which way should I place the railway sleepers?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:06

What is the difference in height between one end of the garden and the other?

 It is possible to use two layers of sleepers on edge - our builder did this for us a while back - he drilled right through both layers of sleeper and inserted long reinforcing rods through them right down into the soil to hold them firm - they are very stable. 


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 09:11

Has it been a bit chilly where it is?  They don't like it to drop below 10C.

Which way should I place the railway sleepers?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 09:06

Probably - do you have access to a laptop or pc? 


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 08:36

I think it may be over-watered - try letting the compost dry out between waterings - however the leaves need to be misted to maintain humidity around the plant..

Which way should I place the railway sleepers?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 08:33

Yes, a picture or two would be helpful.  Click on the green tree icon and follow the instructions 


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 07:55

That sounds like fun Clari 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

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Crown Prince squash???

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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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