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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Pinching Out Tops of Broad Beans

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 16:51



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 16:49

There's a couple of seedlings in the bottom middle and bottom right hand pots that could be sage 


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 16:43

If it doesn't have a label can you show us a pic, then we'll know whether it's a macrophylla or not 

Pondless toads

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 16:37

Those of a delicate disposition, please look away now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Toads do not have penetrative sex, they pair up and go to their 'ancestral spawning pond' where the female lays strings of spawn into the water and the male on her back ejaculates sperm over the spawn, which fertilises it. 

Your toads are looking for water - have you got an old sink or something you can fill with pondwater for them to use - they might just use it now.  

They might wait for you to finish your pond - I don't know - but it needs to have pondweed and plants and mini-beasts in it for the tadpoles to feed on - you could go pond-dipping somewhere and bring some back and add to your pond to start it off but I don't know whether it would establish soon enough to raise a new batch of toads.

Poor toads 


Pinching Out Tops of Broad Beans

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:40

NewBoy - read my  post carefully - I said "....when the first truss of flowers has set small pods..."  

Beetroot - Choggia Pink

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:37

I sowed some beetroot 10th March - a few came up on the 23rd, but the rest are only just appearing now - patience NewBoy2 

Bed under north facing wall - what can I plant?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:35

I've grown all of those in a North facing garden, but only in spots where they got sun for at least some of the day. 

Splitting / dividing Iris

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:33

Bearded iris   wait until after they've flowered. 

And you get to keep the sink? 


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:31

I'm healthy (fingers crossed) but fast becoming completely kn*ckered - planting in and around the pond, balancing on the edge between the pond and the Shady Bank and reaching across to drop oxygenating plants in the middle - rearranging the rocks a dozen times and  still being dissatisfied, already stubby nails are now all broken - I've come indoors for a coffee - but it's all worth it - we have a pond skater on the pond 

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:18

A week to the very day has passed since our pond was filled with water ...... and a pond skater has found it 

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