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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Flies in compost

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 09:22

I don't usually mind the occasional fly - got to feed the spiders with something - but those big fat Blow Flies that appear on warm winter days  they buzz around lazily and appear so malevolent 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 09:13

Punkdoc, I read somewhere that it's good to have a bit of padding as you get older as it helps guard against fractures when we fall - maybe you need a bit more?

And I have to admit that as I set off just now it started tipping down again, so I'm back indoors again - there are some days that are just not made for walking 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:48

Rain has stopped so I'll go for my stomp now - see you later folks 

Slug nematodes... yay or nay?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:39

As Verdun says, it's when those first shoots appear that the slugs and snails do their worst - I keep my eye on the border and as soon as they begin to peek through the soil I put a layer of sharp sand over and around them (about 8" diameter).  

I also make sure there's no twigs, stems, branches or leaves of other plants in the vicinity that the marauding slugs could use as a bridge to get to the delphinium shoots - they're crafty little beggars!  

We had some lovely delphinium blooms last summer 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:33

I much prefer Lamb's Lettuce - easy to grow and very tasty 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:27

Morning KEF 

Gravel versus slugs

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:23

We're not far from you and we don't get a lot of slugs and snail bother here (crossing fingers and touching wood) - I put it down to resident frogs and hedgehogs and quite gritty soil and Fairygirl's magic wand.


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:20

I kept a deep pink flowered fibrous rooted begonia in a pot on a shady indoor windowsill for years - it always had flowers on it every week of the year - true to it's name semperflorens = ever blooming.

Really easy to take cuttings from too


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:12

Good morning all   Really wet here - no chance of my regular morning stomp  OH has gone off on his bike with waterproof leggings on (he's wearing them, the bike isn't )

Clari, that pond is going to be fantastic 

I shall have to go down to the village later to pick up some bits and pieces - I took some smoked haddock out of the freezer last night but need some potatoes and leeks - Cullen Skink for supper this evening - must also get a haggis and a swede for Burns Night on Saturday 



Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:12

Feet up, knitting out, wine glass filled again .............. see you in the morning folks - sweet dreams everyone 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
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Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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Gardener's World discussed on Points of View

Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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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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