Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Cabbage white butter flys

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 16:43

Part of the great circle of life - they probably can't see the point in humans either 


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 16:38

Thank you Lesley - I'm very proud of him and I've told him so.


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 15:57

Re the concern expressed about the tragic refugee situation -  I've just had a phone call from my son - he and a girlfriend are borrowing a van from work and filling it with blankets, nappies and dried foods and taking it all to Calais - he's been in touch with the charities working there and that's what they say they need - blankets in particular because the weather is getting colder. 

He says he can't afford to help in any other way, but he can organise and he can drive.  He's using Facebook etc, as well as connections of his church, to get stuff.  I've said I'll make a donation to help pay for the diesel for the van or whatever else they need.

I'm sure there's people all over the country doing exactly the same.  

His dad did the same some 25 years ago - only then it was Albania that needed the help. 

Lanky seedlings

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 14:56

It sounds as if they are in a propagator?  If this is so, it's likely that they are too warm and also that condensation is cutting down on the light getting to your seedlings.

Beetroot don't need to be in a propagator.  They can be sown direct into your garden soil or raised beds and will be much better for growing like this.

When to stop picking rhubarb

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:28

You should never pick more than one third of the stalks at a time. 

I stop picking mine at the end of June and leave it to grow - mine is huge at the moment with 20+ leaves on it - as autumn progresses the leaves and stalks will die down and the goodness from them will pass back into the crown to build up the energy to produce more next spring.

I would not pick yours, I would give them a good mulch of well-rotted farmyard manure and let them die down and rest.


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:24

Dd - can we come to the party if we promise to behave ourselves???

What is killing my willow

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:15

I've been having a brief google and discovered that the active ingredient in Bayer Fungus Fighter is myclobutinol - further googling querying the effect of this on insects doesn't reveal very much, but I did find one reference to it being harmless to the sort of insects that are used in greenhouses to control aphids/whitefly etc.

So, there is a possibility that your caterpillars were on the ground beneath the tree purely coincidentally as when they reach optimum size/age they climb down their food plant and find a suitable place to pupate over the winter, emerging as beautiful moths in the spring.

So you may not have murdered them after all


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:01

I live in East Anglia and my grapes are outside - from the looks of things they're going to be perfectly ripe in about 14 days' time - we go away in 12 days' time - it looks as if the kind next door neighbours who will be watering and keeping an eye on the place will have to fight the blackbirds and the wasps for a share of the grapes.


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 10:03

Morning Hosta   (you have a PM)

No, you're not the only one ........

Waking at 4am - that's something that I do (it used to be at 2.22am precisely ).

Think it's a bit of stress/anxiety/over-active brain stuff.  I put Radio 4 on very very quietly so that my brain has to concentrate  to discern what's being said - that way it doesn't go off on a tangent and worry about stuff.  It works for me. ((hugs))

Today's trip

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 09:59
artjak wrote (see)

...forgot to say, Her Flossieness (small mutt) is spending her hols at the pig farm where she gets to lord it over a HUGE St Bernese dog who is only about a year old. Flossie just climbs all over her!

Photos are required ............ nay, demanded!!!

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