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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 14:14

Unless the children socialise outside school, I'd be looking at the school premises .... 

tomato problems

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 14:12
Fairygirl wrote (see).... I took a lot of foliage off mine - outside in a growhouse - and kept them fairly dry. ....

Think this is important FG - I don't water my tomatoes until they're beginning to flag - I was really strict with myself about it this year, even in the higher temps we've had, and have been rewarded with not even a spot of anything fungal/bacterial.

Urgent help required

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 13:41

Personally speaking I'd use 50% JI and 50% grit for those.  

I'm sure you know they'll need little or no water in the winter.


Posted: 30/09/2013 at 13:37

Glyphosate is inactivated on contact with the soil, so there is no need to delay planting.  It needs to be applied while the ivy or other weeds are in active growth, so spring/early summer - with shiny leaved plants like ivy it's best to bruise the leaves first before applying then apply thoroughly and then leave until the ivy is brown all over then you can dig out the roots.

 The ivy-covered fence above was removed, in the spring of 2012 roots dug out thoroughly (we didn't even need to use weedkiller) and the boundary refenced.  We now have a very productive veg patch in front of the replacement fence.  No ivy has reappeared. 

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:53

They were a present - I was very lucky indeed 


Try Premier Seeds Direct on Amazon 

tomato problems

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:52

Watering regime?

Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:50

 Thank you so much Verdun - what a star you are!!!

I shall keep it on the kitchen windowsill until the frosts are over and it will go in the new front border that I'm going to get ready this winter . 

I shall have to make you lots and lots of cakes 

tomato problems

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:34

My initial thoughts are that maybe the atmosphere's been too damp - can you tell us more about how you grew these please?


I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:28
Verdun wrote (see)

Lovely word Dove.....beatifically.  Not seen it used in a long time. 

In your post,, read quickly, I thought you said ??ou were "roasting toads in the oven"  ...............


That was last week Verdun


I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 11:55
Fairygirl wrote (see)

I did some toms from seed for the first time this year and was delighted with how easy it was Dove.  

Doh, silly me - should have edited that quote - I was talking about growing Cosmos from seed, not tomatoes - I grew hundreds of tomatoes from seed this year - well, scores anyway. 

I grew lots and lots of heirloom varieties - including Golden Queen, Marianna's Peace, Soldacki, Jaune Flamme and Anna Russian - we've had the best year ever for tomatoes  Fantastic crop - I'm roasting loads in the oven just now, and there may well be some tomato soup happening shortly.  

Of all the varieties we grew this year the absolute favourite is Anna Russian, an amazing Pink Ox heart variety, solid fleshed and with a lovely sweet flavour and beautiful to look at.  My Russian daughter-in-law was ecstatic when I took her a bowlful - my son was forbidden to use them for any recipes, DIL just ate them as they were and smiled beatifically 

Hopefully I'll have some AR seeds again next year 

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