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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Good seed compost?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 12:01

I've been using either Westland or Levington John Innes formulation loam based seed compost for the past few years and have never had a problem with either. 

Bedding Plants

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 11:17

Aaargh!  Don't plant them out yet!  They're not frost hardy.  They should be potted up and given frost protection until after the last frosts.

Have you got a greenhouse or conservatory?  If not,  a cold frame or little plastic grow house in a sheltered spot might just be enough protection - what are your night time temperatures at the moment? 

It really annoys me that supermarkets sell these plants without labels saying that they can't be planted out yet 

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 10:36

In our experience one pond skater finds a new pond, then sends out party invitations to all it's friends and rellies  

Our pond is turning green - we knew it would, it was just taking it's time.  I've ordered some liquid barley straw treatment from Amazon. 

How to turn this dumping ground into gracious greenery...?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 09:54

Can you design the garden around the area of hardcore so that it could be a BBQ area, with some nice planting around it? 


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 09:46

Hurrumph, some paperwork for Aged Ps has arrived which really needs to be sorted today!!!  

Japanese knotweed shoots & Mower contamination ?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 09:45

Oh yes!!!  Start as you mean to go on!!! 

How to turn this dumping ground into gracious greenery...?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 09:25

I absolutely agree with Salino - what a fantastic plot!!!  It shouldn't be too difficult to prepare and seed a lawn at this top end to join on to the existing lawn - that will involve some work from you but not too much expense.  Then as Salino says some curving beds - clothe the fences with climbers and perhaps some espaliered or fan trained fruit bushes - a play area for the little one, somewhere secluded for you to sit out in the evening, screen the house at the end with a couple of pretty trees - you've got loads of space and so many options 

Start learning now, beg cuttings from friends, buy herbaceous plants from stalls at garden gates - loads of them around if you go out into the countryside - it needn't cost that much if you do it like that - and later in the year lots of people on this forum swap/give seeds away 

Even if you're not planning to stay long, a pretty garden can really bump up the sale price of a house - ask any estate agent.  


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 09:02

Tomato Red Alert and Courgette Goldrush seeds sown on 10th April have sprouted 

Ground elder! Advise urgently needed!! Help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 08:22

I would use Weedol Rootkill Plus - apply it as per the pack instructions and leave weeds until they have withered and turned brown.  That means the weedkiller has gone into the roots too. 

However, the ground elder must have spread in there from somewhere - check your boundary fences and sink vertical root barriers  into the ground if the ground elder appears to be coming in from outside of your property. 

Painting of fence

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 08:14

Cuprinol Garden Shades comes in Country Cream 

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Prepare for a heatwave!!!

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If you're buying big pots ....

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Crown Prince squash???

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Have you seen this rose?

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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!

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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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