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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Greenhouse watering in summer

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 10:34

Jimbo said that the greenhouse is too far away from the house to install an automatic system 

Tomatoes are better kept on the dry side, especially in a greenhouse while he's away and not able to adjust ventilation flows etc.  

I would grow the tomatoes in large pots - ours are a bit bigger than buckets, and leave a gap of 6" between the top of the compost and the rim - then we only water when the tomato foliage begins to droop but we absolutely fill the pot to the top.  Then no more water until the foliage begins to droop again. Sometimes that will be a week later.

That regime produces tasty tomatoes, and helps guard against blight and blossom end rot.

Watering too frequently keeps the top of the compost damp resulting in making the atmosphere in a greenhouse damp and encouraging blight and other fungal problems

fruit tree planting

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 10:23

Good free-draining sandy loam like wot we have here!   Apparently this area used to be cherry and plum orchards before it was built on - there's lots of Mirabelle-type fruits in the hedgerows come early autumn.

Oooh, if I'm not driving mine's a pint of Adnams!  OH will have Broadside!

Look what I saw the other day when visiting my Aged Ps

 OH wants to come with me next time!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I should think half a gallon per tree is about right given the weather we're having - it's when the buds begin to swell that they might need more if we get a dry spring - I mean, how much more rain can there be up there? 


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 10:17

Put some bait out Clari - Double Choc Chip Cookies usually work 

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 10:15

Not many birds about this morning - far too damp and drippy  and I can't get on the RSPB website so I'm having to do it with a notebook 

And where are our starlings and house sparrows when it's time to count them?  Don't they know how important it is?  They're here every other morning 


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 10:01



Posted: 25/01/2014 at 09:48

BL 'otnorot' is toronto backwards 

Is anyone else having a problem getting onto the RSPB website to do the count?  I'm having to do it with paper and pen 


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 08:51

Where's the nearest bottlebank?

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 08:50

Superglue on the feeders Nut? 


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 08:48

Well, as long as Punkdoc hadn't fallen off a ladder again 

improving heavy clay soil

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 08:46

Did anyone hear the fascinating Farming Today programme on The Soil?  So very interesting and relevant for gardeners as well as farmers - you can listen again here 

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