Latest posts by Dovefromabove

replacing soil (incl. groundelder)

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:27

When you say 'compost' do you mean the bagged multi-purpose compost that you can buy from garden centres and DIY stores?

I wouldn't use the above - I would use screened topsoil, with the addition of some well rotted farmyard manure and home-made garden compost or leafmould.  If the last isn't available I'd get bags of 'soil conditioner' from garden centres.

Multi-purpose compost breaks down to dust very quickly -i n my experience it's really only suitable for short term planting in containers 

hyperlinks in editor

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:39

Yep - that's the way I've always done it

also I find hitting the space bar after copying and pasting a link will also make it 'live'.


What's stealing moss from the greenhouse

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:35

Don't think so Hosta - too early, and anyway they like dry leaves/grasses.

My suspicion falls on birds looking for the worms/grubs that lurk in moss.

Don't know about the bone ...  one idea - seagulls will take stuff like that and then sqabble over it and drop it randomly.

Himalayan Knotweed

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:32

That's good news Ginny May. 

Japanese Knotweed can be treated, but it needs consistent thorough application of the right chemicals - professional firms will provide certificates etc which usually keep mortgage providers/insurance companies happy.


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:29

Bushman, there's a few left - but you'd better grab one before the plumber gets here!


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:28

Fg - I've just read back and 'picked up' on your 100th


To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:12

I agree - as long as I'm capable of digging (or getting someone to dig it for me) I don't see the need for a tiller - in my view the result is always a poor second best.

Agapanthus ID

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:09

Midnight Star is gorgeous - a couple of years ago I had a voucher for a present and bought three bulbs and planted them together in a pot.  Each year they've put on a good display, but this year they're fantastic



Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:02

Good morning all

Commiserations to all with creaky backs, legs and other bits.  Pdoc, enjoy the cricket - just as well they don't need you to bowl

Overcast and a bit dismal here but really mild 18.4C and rising.  Plumber due at 8.30 to service boiler then dig a hole in studio floor to hopefully unblock washbasin drain   Fingers crossed please folks!

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