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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Guitar Strings as Plant Ties

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 15:16

Sometimes the urge to recycle takes on a momentum of its own

Guitar Strings as Plant Ties

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 14:33

I'd be more worried about them damaging the plant stems as they rub against them - I like my plant ties to be soft - I like raffia best even if it needs replacing regularly.

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 14:22
Steve James Brown wrote (see)
...  Im a bit confused, is box expensive ? Why would this contributed £ to my property as mentioned by dovefromabove? 


Because it's beautiful - if the estate agent was any good there would've been some beautiful "Country Living" type photos and poetic descriptions


P.S.  Feel free to call me Dove - it sounds as if you might become a regular here!

Green Alkanet

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 13:25

Glypghosate only works when a plant is actively growing - use it when there's a good supply of fresh young shoots. 

No point in digging alkanet in my experience - every little bit of root left behind will grow again!

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:46

Verdun - I wouldn't plant box hedging around my veg patch any more than I'd plant two ash trees at the end of our garden - but they're there, beautiful and full of birds, and I'll enjoy their beauty and wildlife and put up with their roots under and through all the beds and the veg patch and seeds everywhere and even pay to have their crowns thinned from time to time until they're too big to cope with or until Ash Dieback gets them.  I couldn't remove them in cold blood.

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:30

 Maybe something like this (using Swiss Sue's suggestion) would be a happy compromise?

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:22

The aesthetics of vegetable gardening???  Wonderful - I love the structure of rows and blocks imposed on natural forms.  Do  try to find a copy of The Plant Kingdoms of Charles Jones - or at least google his photographs    Magic!!!

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:03

Neither can I, other than the aesthetic (and as we're painters that tends to override all other considerations here) .   Have you seen them covered in snow yet?

They probably contributed at least £5,000 the price you paid for the house.

Maybe, you could leave one plant at each corner and train and clip them into cones and spheres etc -  to keep a formal structure in the veg garden - topiary is wonderful in veg gardens

Calathea housepalnt

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:57

Has the plant been repotted into fresh compost or have you given it any fertiliser lately?

Where to buy

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:54

Kiwi available here

Really recommended supplier

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Plant ID please

Any better ideas ... 
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The Chelsea Fringe

Is there an event in your area? 
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Snowdrop Spectacular!!! 
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Winterwatch BBC2

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Interesting info about fungi, microrhyzal organisms and trees 
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Christmas lights in the garden

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John Innes Compost

All your questions answered 
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Amazing amateur wildlife photos

Russian foxes in the Arctic Circle 
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A seasonal joke thread 
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Tree of the Year

Some wonderful photographs of wonderful trees 
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