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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Help on the way.

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:26

230 tonnes of sugar beet to be used as cattle fodder are being sent from East Anglia 

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:19

Great idea - not sure what I've got to share as this is such a new garden, but I'll help if I can 


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:16

Forkers - if you want to see a lovely puppy pic - have a look at Rosie's Wisteria thread 

Wisteria and dogs - poisonous?

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:15



Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:12

Me too 

Wind damage, greenhouse

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:08

Sorry to hear that folks   Hope the next storm isn't so bad. 


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:06

Milly,  the mild winter has kept lots of things flowering hasn't it?  

I'd cut them back hard to outward facing buds about 8" from the base.  Take out very spindly stems completely, also any that cross over - you're aiming for an open bowl-shape.

It sounds quite drastic but remember that 'growth follows the knife' so the harder back you cut them the better they will grow.  Remembering that maxim, cut back the thinner stems a bit harder than the strong ones, then they'll even up. 

Follow up with a sprinkling of slow release fertiliser such as Fish, Blood and Bone.

Talkback: Fig trees

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:02

This site  which gives reliable advice says 

"At leaf-fall, remove all remaining figs larger than small peas. This is important: leaving them will delay or reduce the next season's crop and can also give rise to dieback.

Maincrop figs are produced on the previous years wood only - no new wood = very few figs. "


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 07:56

Hi Milly1 

No it's not too late - just getting around to doing mine 

What sort of roses ?  Bush type, ramblers or climbing?


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 07:54

Hold tight Verdun - please don't get blown away 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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How to get around the current problem .... 
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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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