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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Brussell Sprouts

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:38

Allotment Mad - can you post a picture of them for us please - to post a pic click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions 

Courgettes or Cucumbers?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:37

I shall say, the ones in the first pic = courgettes.

The ones in the last pic - cucumber.

Think I'm right, but don't blame me if I'm wrong


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:35

Red ants

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:33

They've raised the nest about ground level which helps to keep it dry - as Bob says, regular watering will encourage them to move on - they'll find another spot - whether or not it's in your garden or elsewhere - who can tell? 

Low voc paint on terracotta pots

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:30

Given that low voc paints will contain a lower amount of toxic volatile organic compounds than conventional paint, I can only assume that using them is much safer than using conventional paint - that is the point of them 

However, for me one of the important properties of terracotta pots is that they are naturally porous and allow air and moisture to pass through - for some plants, particularly ones that are going to spend their lives in a pot, and for mediterranean plants in particular, I find this to be a distinct advantage as it helps prevent waterlogging of the roots.  I'm concerned that painting the pots may mean that the pots lose their porosity. 

Human irrigation system

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:20

It's good to hear from you Mike - I'm glad yesterday wasn't too bad and that your daughter is accompanying and supporting you - she sounds lovely 

I love your wife's name - my daughter's second name is Rose, and by complete coincidence so is her lovely step-daughter's - how's that for Serendipity 


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:13

Good morning all   Yes, it's dry here - the hedgehogs are drinking quite a bit of water from their dish every evening and my farming brother is irrigating potato fields - he says there's plenty of water about 2 ft down, but the roots can't reach it!  I hope it rains here today - it's supposed to, so I put some weed & feed on the front lawn yesterday - the dandelions are spreading to the neighbour's garden - it's a bit embarrassing 

It won't be a gardening day here because we're visiting my Aged Ps then lunching out.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:45

Glad to see you're home and posting Mike  

Hope today's ordeal wasn't too grim ((hugs))


Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:44

Last year the spring was so cold there were few pollinating insects about - has your blossomed this year?

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:36

For tree stumps use this 

For bindweed and horsetail, bruise the leaves (runnng over with a roller will do it) before spraying thoroughly with a weedkiller containing glyphosate - that will aid the take up of the glyphosate - then wait and wait until the weeds turn brown - that means that the roots have taken up the glyphosate and will die.

Good luck  

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Prepare for a heatwave!!!

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Do you? 
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All welcome ............who's coming? 
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If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Grafting fruit trees

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Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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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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