Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Help...First Garden, Not Healthy! :(

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:33

I apply Fish Blood & Bone (a slow release organic feed) to flower beds twice a year, once in spring and again in the summer.  

I mulch with home made compost or similar in the spring, and give the roses and clematis some clematis food in the spring.  I also add some tomato feed when watering clematis before they've flowered.  

Pots of flowering plants have some tomato feed every two or three weeks throughout the flowering season.  That's about it.  

Ground Elder yay or nay

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:27

Afraid I concur .........  but every cloud has a silver lining 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:17

BL ((hugs))

Bring your winceyette pyjamas and thermal vests when you pack for Norfolk 

Protecting soft fruits from birds

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:10

I grow strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, black currants, figs and pears.  

I don't net or take any precautions to guard against birds other than to stick a few children's glittery seaside windmills in the ground  around the gooseberries and blackcurrants as they're getting ripe.  

Never had any problems ................ so far so good any way. 

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:03

Well, now you can get duck eggs you've no reason not to .......... there's not many things better than a lovely coffee and walnut sponge sandwich (or so Pa used to say) unless it's a 

raspberry and cream Victoria sponge 

Impending frost...

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:56

Yes, a tripod of canes with some fleece, bubblewrap, newspaper or whatever around them will do the job.  

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:46

I do it by the traditional weighing method - weigh your eggs then use similar quantities of butter, flour and sugar for a Victoria sponge.  

This recipe does it slightly differently, but I don't like wasting any egg 

Impending frost...

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:32

That'll be why Monty and a few others of us still take our dahlias up for the winter then 

If you've got some big tomato pots I'd stuff them with straw or hay, or crumpled fleece if that's all you have, and up-end them over the dahlias.  Put a brick on top so they don't get blown around and break the new young shoots.  

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:24

I did   I love a duck egg - OH sells them at the farm shop - we might have to have a big fry up before too long - he sells good bacon, bangers and black pudding too.    

Duck eggs make brilliant sponge cakes too!  They hold the air much better  than hens' eggs do when whipped up. 

Cold spell coming up... Which of these need protecting?

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:13

Hi neighbour   We're in Norfolk too.

I wouldn't worry about those ... you may get a poor set of fruit on the apples and pears, those strawberry flowers may not produce fruit, but they will produce more flowers - the rest should be fine.

I've got broad beans flowering, tiny chard seedlings just peeking through, strawberries flowering, etc etc etc ... this isn't really abnormal weather ... most stuff will survive.

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