Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:02

Are we talking about MPC or loam-based


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 07:39


Verdun, it's you we come to for advice - we couldn't presume to advise.........

However, I think that if you asked yourself for advice, it would be to get whichever you can get the best deal on


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 07:37

Hello everyone  

Not the best night's sleep I've ever had but trying to be thankful that problem with car happened now and not in three weeks' time when we'd be on a motorway heading for Cornwall  

OH has gone to work and I'll phone him later with a list of things to bring back to feed us for the weekend - I shall play in the garden and maybe bake something and watch athletics - it's Mo's 5000m final today  and the 100m relay finals

Clearly NOT a lemon tree!

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 22:45

I look forward to seeing the bigger picture


Posted: 28/08/2015 at 22:44

Hello folks!

Brilliant news Panda - so pleased for you ((hugs))

Hosta ((hugs)) for both of you - just tell OH they don't deserve him - we're looking forward to meeting you both ((more hugs))

Jo ((hugs for you too))

Well, rather odd evening - got in the car, drove out of the drive, loud clattering clunk from somewhere driver's side front of the car, followed by a sort of a boing noise.  Drove back into driveway.  Sounds like suspension to me

Friend came to pick us up and we went for drinks and a meal and got a taxi back - windscreen man is coming on Monday morning to fix new windscreen.  I will then phone Green Flag    Oh 'eck! 

Only good thing was that as I wasn't driving I was able to have a drink ....... or three

wild damsons and apples

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 22:30

Only you can say whether it's worth your while to make damson jam - you need nearly as much sugar as the weight of the plums.  If you like jam and you like cooking then it's worthwhile - if you don't eat jam then it's not.

You might prefer to make damson brandy

Have a look here

Make sure they're ripe before you pick them.

Goat willow tree: to prune or not to prune

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:10

Have a look at how to thin the crown of a tree here

Do remember to take out whole branches rather than shorten them.  If you shorten branches you'll lose the elegance and natural form of the tree.  Do it in the winter when you can see the shape properly.

Perhaps you can convince your partner that this will improve the health of the tree and also improve your quality of life by letting more light into your garden

Clearly NOT a lemon tree!

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 16:36

Hi David

Any chance of a photo of the whole tree please? 

Tomato blight treatment help

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 16:33

I agree Steve - no way I'd spray food I was about to eat.  And anyway, fungicides are preventatives, not cures - once the blight has taken hold it's there. 

Some blights can be controlled by removing (and burning) all affected leaflets as soon as you spot a blemish - when mine had blight I inspected the plants three times a day and removed the leaflets as soon as I spotted something.  We still got a reasonable crop of tomatoes.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Gardener's Garters

Phlaris arundinacea var. Picta 
Replies: 26    Views: 742
Last Post: 13/07/2016 at 14:17

Blight resistant tomatoes

Replies: 5    Views: 362
Last Post: 18/07/2016 at 11:35

Such a handsome chap

Look who I found  
Replies: 13    Views: 552
Last Post: 19/06/2016 at 18:14

ID please

Replies: 4    Views: 314
Last Post: 12/06/2016 at 14:22

A place with some land?

Who was it that wanted to get away from it all? 
Replies: 7    Views: 396
Last Post: 19/05/2016 at 19:01

Espaliered pear tree - when to let it produce fruit?

Replies: 5    Views: 402
Last Post: 14/05/2016 at 17:14

Clematis - Daniel Deronda - odd coloured flower

Replies: 5    Views: 395
Last Post: 07/05/2016 at 16:05

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

A friendly place where we can chat to each other about all sorts of things - everyone welcome!  
Replies: 1936    Views: 63355
Last Post: 01/06/2016 at 09:23

Choose just one ...

If you were coming here with us today what would you get? 
Replies: 25    Views: 1111
Last Post: 23/04/2016 at 15:42

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

Do you know it? Do you grow it? 
Replies: 7    Views: 380
Last Post: 17/04/2016 at 12:49

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Tracking their arrival 
Replies: 59    Views: 2441
Last Post: 15/05/2016 at 20:59

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

A friendly place where we can chat to each other about all sorts of things - everyone welcome!  
Replies: 1832    Views: 51857
Last Post: 04/05/2016 at 14:04

Whoops! I've done it again ......

Replies: 24    Views: 1305
Last Post: 12/03/2016 at 16:05

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

A friendly place where we can chat to each other about all sorts of things - everyone welcome! 
Replies: 1827    Views: 47895
Last Post: 01/04/2016 at 06:01

A Gardener's Hands

The garden will be lovely but my hands will be sore and chapped 
Replies: 42    Views: 1876
Last Post: 23/02/2016 at 19:49
1 to 15 of 171 threads