Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Protecting new trees

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 13:25

Put half a dozen tomato canes around the base of the tree and fix a length of chicken wire to them.  If you make it a circle with a diameter of about a metre that should be plenty, and you can keep the circle inside clear of weeds and grass and then mulch and feed within the netting. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 13:06

Rgirl ... Stir Up Sunday this weekend 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 06:58

Good morning all  G'day Pat  

We'll be at my son's home for a few days over Christmas so we won't put a tree up here ... We'll have lights and cards and Christmas ornaments and wreaths of greenery etc which will make everywhere look festive. We have OHs and sons birthdays on thd 19 and 22 to celebrate first!

Please help me identify a fungus/growth

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 06:41

It looks to me like a decomposing slime mould ... there are many sorts, one of which is called Dog Vomit.  If this is the case it'll disappear before long. It may reappear each year for a while. It's feeding on small amounts of organic matter under the slate chippings and will do no harm. 

Last edited: 21 November 2017 06:42:38

rice paper paper plant

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 06:29

I take it this is a Tatrapanix papyrifer. 

You say you live in the North West. North west of where? This is a UK based forum and most contributors are from Europe with a few others scattered around the globe  ... are you in the UK or maybe the US or somewhere else all together? 

Yew hedge too slow!!

Posted: 20/11/2017 at 22:59

Oh dear ... Your poor little yew trees are being swamped by all that weedy grass ... It's competing for all the moisture and nutrition. I'm afraid it's a case of getting on your hands and knees and weeding out all the grass and weeds - a small hand fork will help to loosen the roots. 

Then mulch with some soil conditioner (in bags from garden centre) and in late Feb/early March feed with Fish, Blood & Bone - a slow acting organic fertiliser).  That should help if get going ... But keep the area around them clear of weeds and grass ... It needs to be  clear soil at least 18" either side of the hedge. 

Brussel sprouts

Posted: 20/11/2017 at 20:39

Hi andi ... I've received your message where you tell me that you "live in northern indiana, and get much lake effect winter weather, would they survive in the winter in the planter? Ground is already frozen so transplanting is not an option."

This is a UK based forum and most of us live in the UK and Northwest Europe .. here in Great Britain Brussels  sprouts seem to enjoy the worst the British winter can throw at them and crops are rarely lost, even when they stand covered in snow for quite a while.

However, I'm not familiar with the weather in northern Indiana, other than the fact that you can have long hard winters.

Perhaps this may be of help 

If you decide that they're not going to cope with your winter weather I would certainly harvest them and cook and enjoy them ... if they're tiny why not try them in a stirfry? 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 20/11/2017 at 17:26

Thanks folks ... the cold's just lurking ... a bit sneezy  and an occasional cough but not as drippy as I was first thing.  

BL, have a good journey 

Where to buy

Posted: 20/11/2017 at 16:59

Frost proof is important ... Frost resistant does not mean Frost proof.

Brussel sprouts

Posted: 20/11/2017 at 16:36

Can you not leave them growing?... They'll carry on through the winter. 

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