Dovefromabove


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First bites of the year

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 22:52

The Avon stuff really works. I was a real Midge Magnet and swelled up horribly with pustules lasting for days until I got Avon's Skin so Soft Lotion. 

Regent's Park London plant IDs

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 10:13
musher says:

The white one Nut is that commonly known as cow parsley?.


See original post

 Hope Nut doesn't mind me butting in 


No, not Cow's Parsley which is Anthriscus sylvestris https://wildplants.wordpress.com/category/cow-parsley/ 

Gooseberry problems

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 09:58

Are you pruning them correctly?  They need pruning in late winter as shown here


https://www.rhs.org.uk/videos/advice/gooseberry-pruning 


and then in June you need to cut the side shoots back to five leaves.


Thin out the fruits in June, removing half and use these for cooking and leaving the rest to ripen (watch out for marauding birds - you may need to net the bushes, the old gardeners would drape them with old net curtains).


Keep the area around the bush free from grass and weeds and feed in late winter/early spring with Fish, Blood and Bone and a bit of extra potash if possible.


In the autumn I clear any fallen leaves and mulch with well rotted garden compost or manure.


More useful info here http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/features/fruit-veg/growing-gooseberries/3332.html 


Good luck  

Anyone a member of RHS?

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 07:32

Aster I'm probably of the target generation but there's no way I could afford those cruises either and I don't think I know many (if any) who can! 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 07:11

Good morning all. OH has gone to work and I'm in bed with a coffee. Driving to Lincs later today, back tomorrow. 

Talkback: Apricot trees

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 18:28

Reads supply superb plants; well worth the money, they arrive beautifully packaged and if you email them with a query they happily dispense oodles of good advice.  I have no connection with them other than as a very satisfied customer. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 18:18

Just to say I made it into the city after tennis and caught up with OH and niece in Carluccio's. Had a 20 min wait for them as he had his phone switched off and niece had run out of battery  Good job I started on the white wine and olives without waiting for them.   

We had a great 'grown up' lunch (niece's first three course meal  ) She and OH started with calamari and I had arancini. Then I went on to have a great dish of really good rare roasted beef, gorgonzola, walnuts and salad leaves with a balsamic dressing. OH had a goat's cheese and beetroot salad and niece had linguine al frutti di mare. They finished off with chocolate and salted caramel sundae while I had affogato 


Now we're collapsing on the sofa while niece revises for big exam on Friday.  Think supper will be 'something light'.  


Flippin cold here - heating has gone on.  Tomatoes are outside - hope they survive! 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 08:17

Hello folks!  


Hectic day yesterday, and a few more to come, but there is light at the end of the tunnel   Don't think it's the train coming towards us either 


Fell asleep watching Chelsea .................will have a read back but hugs and coffee to all that need them - help yourselves .......... 

Is this a weed and how to treat?!

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:10

When you've treated  it with glyphosate leave it for at least a couple of weeks, maybe more, until it's completely brown and dead - that will indicate that the poison has killed the roots - if you pull it up before that the roots will re-grow.


When we moved into our last garden there was bindweed all over it, up to the upper windowsills - we treated regularly with glyphosate for one summer and then it had gone.  It occasionally crept back from next door but we kept an eye open for it and treated every shoot when it appeared 

Anyone a member of RHS?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:04

I usually do two or three gardens a year, and the magazine is great - very interesting in depth articles - I originally joined in order to get free analysis of strange markings on plant leaves for possible disease etc.  


I think that it's just about value for money for me.  

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