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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

chilli peppers

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 19:50

We grew chillies for the first time last summer - we bought 3 seedling Apache plants from the local GC and treated them much the same as we treated out outside tomato plant, but popped them into the mini-greenhouse to ripen.  We had a fantastic harvest, used lots fresh and dried loads and loads of them and we're still using them. 

Good heat but not burning, and with a good flavour too - worth trying Verdun 

Hydrangea in need of TLC

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 19:46
Verdun wrote (see)

Whether a hydrangea produces a good blue.....or red or pink for that matter.....depends too on the variety. ....

Absolutely Verdun, I rather muddled that bit of it 

Camera Corner

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:58

Fidget, you could see on the cliffs up above the sea wall, where huge waves had deposited seaweed and shingle in the storms.


Advice would be greatfully appreciated

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:55

Snap Edd, except I use JI No 3, then that has enough fertiliser to last a good while. 

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:53

 This is what we do it for 

Advice would be greatfully appreciated

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:44

I wouldn't think they need watering at the moment - stick yoru finger in the soil about an inch - if it's bone dry down there then water, if not leave it alone.  They don't need a lot of water in the winter as the leaves are not giving off moisture in the cool weather.  They'll need more in the summer. 

My bay tree is in a large terracotta pot in a mix of John Innes No 3 loam based compost, with about 1/3 horticultural grit added.  The pot is stood up on feet to aid drainage. 

I bubble-wrap the pot in the winter as it's too big to move into a sheltered corner.

Camera Corner

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:31

 The North Norfolk coast today 

Rotation with only two beds?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:21

I don't think it should be too much of a problem Laura - practice good garden hygiene (removing dead foliage etc and weeds that can harbour pests) and mulch each year with well rotted farmyard manure and/or good homemade compost.  Should be fine.


Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:15

On our journey out towards the coast it was lovely to see lots of wild prunus blossom in the hedgerows, there's lots of feral mirabelle-type plums around here as ages and ages ago there were a lot of orchards here.  

Tarzan swing becomes stumpery!

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:12

I would try to dig around them so the 'stumps' are partially in the soil, a bit like a rockery - then you can plant ferns, hostas and hellebores around them, and I also like the look of some climbing/trailing plants over the stumps, maybe some herbaceous clematis or even ivies (if you're prepared to keep it under control). 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Does anyone recognise this? 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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