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Oakley Witch
Plant garlic or onions by carrots to stop carrotfly, try basil by tomatos to draw aphids away, nasturtiums by the brassicas for caterpillars. There are loads more but need to have a think.
Matty2

Hi all

I thought i had posted garlic recipe, apologies, unless I put it on another thread, who knows its been a bit festive

I will do so tomorrow now

Bjay

Matty2

Garlic recipe is posted on thread Year of the Slug

artjak

Many thanks, Tinkling, Happy New Year.

Matty2

happy New Year Artjak.

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Thanks for the tip Sam on garlic and onion planting by carrots. I'm still learning and still making mistakes
Dovefromabove

I've been gardening for ........... nearly 60 years and I'm still making mistakes - to steal a phrase, the gardener who never made a mistake never made anything 

Oakley Witch
The mistakes we make now make us better gardeners next year
Gosh 60 years dovefromabove wow we'll I do have a long way to go to be experienced as you.i hope I will be a better gardener next year Sam.my New Years resolution is not to buy so many seeds;)
Dovefromabove

Well, my first gardening memory is planting crocus bulbs near some gooseberry bushes at kindergarten when I was two and a half years old   I've been gardenng ever since.

artjak

I remember we moved to the country from London when I was 4 and had a garden for the first time and helping my father dig the thick almost glutinous Essex clay. That was 1952. Oh the joy of picking peas and podding them and sneakily eating them! Greengages and blackcurrents, I can taste them now.

Some lovely stories. I do remember as a child digging up potatoes for mum for Sunday lunch . But I've only had this garden for 6 years and when I moved in it was a jungle I didn't know where to start a lot of hard work and tears and a lot of giving up but thankfully my dog Molly helped me through it all by being a forewoman. Now finally sorted I've had a go at veg and flowers but always ready to learn I've have found it hard to go in the garden this year since my dog passed away as she was always in the garden with me but found the strength in the end just by planting flowers thinking she would enjoy smelling these
artjak

So sorry about your dog, it must be a real wrench being in the garden without her.

Busy-Lizzie

I love hearing what gets people started with gardening. We moved to Reigate when I was 3 and when my parents got settled they gave each of us a little bit of garden. Mine had a stone edge with aubretia hanging over it which I loved. The book "The Secret Garden" inspired me when I was a child. Then when I was 21 and just married I had my first garden and, with the help of my lovely mother-in-law (a keen gardener) I had great fun with it. I've had my present garden for over 20 years, which I made from scratch. When my children were small and we lived in Kent we gave them each a bit of garden. Now they are all married and have their own gardens. This has got away a bit from the original subject!

Thank you artjak yes it is and in February it will be a year without and it still feels like last week where does the time go.anyway at least spring on the way hooray I wonder if we will have a summer this year,!!!!

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What a lovely. Story. Busy-lizzie great name by the way.
Busy-Lizzie

Thank you Tracysshed. My name is Liz so it was sort of obvious!

Sorry about your dog. I lost mine last year, she was 16. But I had another, a border collie. He's bit a bit down without her and he's 10 now. Would you consider having another? It wouldn't be a replacement because your dog was still your special friend, but it would be a new character in your life to become a new friend.

Busy-Lizzie

I wonder if Tricia Sneddon will come back and tell us if any of the replies were helpful.

How weird is that my dog was a border collie she was fifteen she passed away um about another dog maybe when I'm ready. Hope I haven't frightened Tricia sneddon away with my sad story.
I'm very sorry busy-lizzie I made the thread go off what it was about companion plants so sorry I just ran away with myself I've only been on the site for a day.