Latest posts by Dovefromabove

White sage dropping leaves

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 16:28

I know it's not as  tough as officinalis - but I'd rather take some cuttings as a back up and put the plants in a sheltered spot outside - under a lean-to - something like that, rather than have them look so unhappy - they look as if they've got powdery mildew.  

White sage dropping leaves

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 15:14

Why have you brought them indoors - they don't  like it.  My sage is planted out in the garden.  

what are these

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 15:09

I suspect it's some form of promotion ... but maybe I'm just getting cynical in my old age ...................  

How Tom grow rhubarb & when?

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 15:07

Rhubarb is very easy to grow Peter -  it takes a little while to get going, that's all.  

Rhubarb comes from Siberia so it'll put up with a lot of bad treatment and still grow, but if you want some lovely tender rhubarb for pies and crumbles you have to put just a little tiny bit of effort in. 

All I've suggested is mulching and watering - that's not hard - you should try growing showbench quality dahlias and sweet peas 

How Tom grow rhubarb & when?

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 14:50

If it's not producing well give it a good mulch with well rotted farmyard manure (don't cover the crown but cover the area where the roots are for a circle about 3 ft in diameter).  You don't need to dig it in - the worms will do that job for you.

In the summer make sure it has plenty of water - it's a thirsty plant.

Don't pull any stalks in 2017 - just keep it mulched and watered and leave it alone, removing any flower stalks that appear.

You'll have plenty of rhubarb in 2018. 


Posted: 02/12/2016 at 12:56

Hope you're having a wonderful birthday - have a bit of a party!!! This is what you need ... 

Kitchens For Sale Leicester

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 11:50


tree ident and cutting back

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 10:39

It's one of the variants of Sambucus nigra.  Many people coppice this to keep the foliage a good size and colour  - info here .

Be aware that coppicing will mean that you will not get flowers, but the foliage will be greatly improved.  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 10:22

Fidget ((hugs))  Hope nothing too ominous is revealed and that a bit of rest and/or physio will sort him out quickly.

Just a thought - when I had some upper back/neck problems, because I had to drive as part of my job, my employer paid for work station assessments which included an assessment of the positioning and adjustment of my car seat.  You'd think it'd be common sense how to adjust it to get it right, but once the physio had adjusted it properly I experienced a huge improvement.  

Last edited: 02 December 2016 10:25:53

Grow Your Own Mushroom Advent Calendar

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 09:53

Back in the 1950s when it was very much a new thing in the UK Ma grew mushrooms in a small shed on the farm as a commercial venture -  the experiment didn't last for long.  I think back then there just wasn't the demand - mushrooms were regarded with some suspicion back then and farmed mushrooms even more so - it wasn't until a few years later that the industry 'took off' (see what I did there ) utilising the huge hangars vacated by the RAF on East Anglian wartime aerodromes.

However growing them just for us something I've often been tempted to do and I know OH is interested ... we'll watch this thread 

Last edited: 02 December 2016 09:54:11

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