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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

fruit tree planting

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 13:16

Hi Alan - this is a helpful guide to planting distances 


No, don't let the grass grow up to the trunk - I'd leave a circle a yard in diameter around them to mulch and feed (don't let mulch touch the bark).

Tell Kate she's doing a grand job and make her a

 when she's finished 

Best Roses

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 11:04

Louise Odier is a favourite - Bourbon, gorgeous scent, flowers all summer


La Reine Victoria - another Bourbon, beautiful shaped blooms, great scent, continuous flowering 

both will look fabulous with lavender 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:55
Pottie Pam wrote (see)

.............  I heard on the radio that they are developing a drone that can identify weeds then zap them with lasers. We'll all be able to garden from our armchairs.  How long will it be before we are asking on this forum how to reprogramme our drones because they've zapped the dahlias instead of the dandelions or given the neighbour a nasty shock when she went outside in a flowery dress?

More to the point, please can they develop a drone that will zap (in the kindest possible way of course)  the strange black and white moggie that's suddenly decided my raised bed is it's favourite loo 

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.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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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Hallowe'en Howlers

A seasonal joke thread 
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Tree of the Year

Some wonderful photographs of wonderful trees 
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All welcome ............who's coming? 
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It's a mystery ....

Can you name this plant? 
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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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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 15:49

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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