Dovefromabove


Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Tomatoes - Need help!!

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 18:00

If it's of any help in the future - I infected almost all my tomatoes with blight this year due to accepting some plants from a friend.  


The only ones that did not succumb to the blight were a new blight resistant variety called Crimson Crush - despite being in the same growhouse and at very close quarters with the source of the infection, they have continued to grow strongly, are beautifully healthy plants and appear to be cropping well.


I started mine late this year due to a badly timed holiday  so I can't tell you what the flavour is like, but if it's as good as the blurb on the packet, I shall grow them again

Loads of tomatoes but very slow in ripening

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:54

Verdun   ask Hosta for his hub's recipe for tomato and chilli relish - it's fantastic   That'll keep you out of mischief for a few hours 

Work

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:50

When I was doing the early morning milking on the smallholding, I used to be able to hear a neighbour whistiing as he walked up the hill to his allotment , the same time every morning, rain or shine, without fail, you could set your clock by him.


My lovely late FIL used to while he was working in his workshop at the back of their house - you knew things were going well when you could hear him whistling.  My OH takes after him 


Wonky's Lovely Hub whistles when he's happy too - it's good to hear. 

Work

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:27

There's such a lot to be said for retirement 

Work

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 16:34

I like whistling men 

Grey Powder in soil

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 16:33

It's likely to be the mycelium of a fungus that is breaking down organic matter in the soil.  Did it smell 'mushroomy'?

Gooseberry Plants

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 16:30

The list of insects it controls doesn't mean that it affects those insects exclusively - insecticides affect most insects


like most poisons that affect humans also affect other mammals. 


I remove heavy infestations of aphids with a squirt from a hosepipe - lesser infestations are dealt with by the blue tit families.


What caterpillars were you finding a problem on your gooseberries?

ID for nondescript plant

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:09

I agree, it could be Sweet Rocket - I get plants like that appear in the veg patch from time to time if I cut back the plants in the border, put the  stems and attached seedheads in the compost bin and then the following year spread the compost on the veg patch.    If I spot them when they're small enough I dig them up and transplant them into a flower bed - however once they get to the size of yours they've usually developed a longish tap root and don't take to transplanting, so I leave them in the veg patch - the flowers attract pollinators after all 

Weed identification

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 13:12

Can't see the 'top' one very clearly, but the flatter one is a liverwort - it usually appears in shady damp places - it's a fascinating thing.  


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=412 

Not sure which fertliser to go for?

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:55

I use Fish, Blood and Bone in the spring and again in early summer. - sprinkled over the borders and tickled in with the hoe - if it doesn't get a good dollop of rain within the next couple of days I give the borders a good watering.  Its an organic slow release fertiliser which encourages good sturdy growth. 


The roses and clematis get an additional feed or three of Clematis feed (whichever brand is available and cheapest) usually in late March, again six weeks later and again six weeks after that


and annuals/bedding plants in tubs and pots get a weekly watering with tomato food once the flower buds form. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Seeking blueberry advice

Just starting out ... choosing varieties  
Replies: 5    Views: 257
Last Post: 25/09/2017 at 21:13

Photos from Whipsnade Zoo

 
Replies: 4    Views: 219
Last Post: 16/09/2017 at 17:48

The Virtual Café

Tried and tested recipes to use up a glut and fill the pantry shelves 
Replies: 84    Views: 3873
Last Post: 22/08/2017 at 17:16

A new snake in the UK!!!

Now there are four ........... 
Replies: 10    Views: 497
Last Post: 07/08/2017 at 22:38

Please ID my mystery plant

I don't recognise this ...  
Replies: 19    Views: 419
Last Post: 03/08/2017 at 14:55

Hello Forkers ... August edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content...  
Replies: 1913    Views: 49561
Last Post: 31/08/2017 at 23:47

Harvest 2017

 
Replies: 78    Views: 6333
Last Post: 13/10/2017 at 21:16

Two shrubs need a name please

Saved from the skip ... but what are they? 
Replies: 8    Views: 393
Last Post: 16/07/2017 at 16:16

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

A friendly place of frolics and chat where everyone is welcome to pass the time and procrastinate to their hearts' content ... 
Replies: 1955    Views: 51572
Last Post: 01/08/2017 at 05:26

Photobucket

New situation ... ? 
Replies: 9    Views: 469
Last Post: 01/07/2017 at 10:29

Wildlife online ... interesting website

Foxes, Hedgehogs, badgers, deer, frogs, toads, newts, bats, butterflies, birds ..... 
Replies: 1    Views: 260
Last Post: 21/06/2017 at 14:03

The Great British Wildflower Hunt

Will you join in ...  
Replies: 6    Views: 530
Last Post: 08/06/2017 at 13:17

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

A friendly place of frolics and chat where everyone is welcome to pass the time and procrastinate to their hearts' content ... 
Replies: 1404    Views: 43408
Last Post: 01/07/2017 at 09:34

Shrub ID please

 
Replies: 8    Views: 344
Last Post: 30/05/2017 at 21:11

Fidget, I know you gave me this ...

 
Replies: 5    Views: 215
Last Post: 29/05/2017 at 15:54
1 to 15 of 218 threads