Latest posts by Dovefromabove

young fruit trees

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:52

Hopefully your neighbours' garden, full of aphids and other bugs, will act as a Nature Reserve, attracting the birds and predatory insects that will devour the aphids in your garden too 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:43

Oooooooh DD ((hugs))  positive thoughts winging your way 

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 12:11

Good afternoon folks   Been dashing about replenishing larder after having had a week of not driving in case the car failed me again.  Now it's fixed (hopefully) we cupboards are full again ........ everything took twice as long 'cos it's a bank holiday weekend and half the population are shopping for England!!!  What is it with people?  We'll have a chicken on Sunday when we have visitors, and cold chicken on Monday .... maybe with some asparagus and potato salad, but I haven't had to empty the supermarket.

Hope the poorly ones are on the mend, broken glass has been gathered safely and disposed of and all other problems resolved 

young fruit trees

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 11:58

If it was weedkiller (could it have been?) then I'm not sure there's anything you can do - it's a lesson learned to label things clearly.

I don't spray aphids except with a jet of water from the hosepipe ... we encourage birds and insects into the garden ... the bluetit families are feasting on the aphids at the moment, later on in the year the hover flies, lacewings and ladybirds will deal with them.  It takes a few years of courage not to spray, but it is possible to create an equilibrium in quite a small garden.  

If it was frost damage, then hopefully the trees will grow a second lot of leaves ... have they blossomed yet?  

Last edited: 28 April 2017 12:00:41

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 11:54

Oh Hosta ... keep up the fluids ((hugs))  maybe that was the last big bit of kidney stone passing through'?

LilyP  glad you got lots of cuddles - hope you didn't catch their lurgy.  

Back from shopping ..... left the list at home   I remembered everything (plus a few more things) except the lemons for Sunday's lemon meringue pie .......... never mind, a quick phone call to OH and he'll bring them home on his bike tonight.  

Now for a  

Growing Pink Plum tomatoes indoors

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 09:52

Bright and warm sounds good to me ... in my experience tomatoes need warm temperatures rather than direct sunlight.  

Good luck ... let us know how you get on 

Are my broccoli seedlings ok?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 07:47

I would start hardening them off - outside in a cold frame or a sheltered spot during the day and indoors at night for a week or so then outside full time. Protect from heavy rain and hail, but otherwise they'll be much happier outside. Beware of slug and snails tho. 

Hornbeam or Beech

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 07:32

I agree  - Viburnum possibly Bodnantense. Lovely 

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 07:12

Good morning everyone  Welcome aboard Kayleigh, looking forward to hearing the progress of your new garden. I've been gardening since I was a child too  and my daughter grew up helping me. Now she's married with her own garden and a new job as a gardener on a big country estate ... Gardening all day, every day! 

Hosta (( hugs)) hope the doc can come up with something. 

Chicky, have a great trip :-)

sympathies to all whose gardens have suffered from the recent cold snap. I think that here we've escaped fairly lightly ... But I've not checked for hail damage  ...

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 22:10

Hosta you have a PM xx

ive been asleep on the sofa most of the evening - now I'm tucked up in bed. Sweet dreams all 

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