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29/12/2012 at 19:28
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.
29/12/2012 at 23:34

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


29/12/2012 at 23:59

Garlic recipe is posted on thread Year of the Slug

30/12/2012 at 10:13

Many thanks, Tinkling, Happy New Year.

30/12/2012 at 12:33

happy New Year Artjak.

30/12/2012 at 15:01
Thanks for the tip Sam on garlic and onion planting by carrots. I'm still learning and still making mistakes
30/12/2012 at 15:13

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 

30/12/2012 at 15:37
The mistakes we make now make us better gardeners next year
30/12/2012 at 15:50
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 New Years resolution is not to buy so many seeds;)
30/12/2012 at 15:56

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.

30/12/2012 at 16:10

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.

30/12/2012 at 16:24
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
30/12/2012 at 16:40

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

30/12/2012 at 16:45

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!

30/12/2012 at 16:46
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,!!!!
30/12/2012 at 16:51
What a lovely. Story. Busy-lizzie great name by the way.
30/12/2012 at 17:08

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.

30/12/2012 at 17:21

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

30/12/2012 at 18:04
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.
30/12/2012 at 18:14
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.
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