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30/05/2013 at 20:52

Don't forget to plant some french marigolds amongst the toms to ward off white fly and add a couple of sticky strips to make absolutely sure they don't get a hold, easier to prevent than cure.

Basil also works and smells divine when you touch it. But don't forget to cut it back as it starts to grow as it easily flowers, then goes all woody and horrible in the warmth. 

As for flowers, I struck a cutting from a pretty red carnation from a supermarket bunch and have that planted in one corner, so I have some cut flowers right through the summer. When it gets old and woody, I just choose another bunch and strike a new cutting. Just select a strong side shoot from the bunch and root in a small pot or even a jar of water.  They root really easily this time of year.  Most of my flowers go outside during the summer, but the GH is invaluable to plant up tubs and baskets early then keep them warm until they go outdoors when it warms up.

PS I agree with somewhere to stand your mug of tea and space for a radio!

31/05/2013 at 20:24

Thanks Bob and Sallya42,

I have yellow strips(Need changing already) and marigolds. On the bench I have pelagoriums and canna. I have no qualms about displaying herbs and flowers together if the result pleases me- I have a couple of beetroot in pots just for the colour of their foliage  and carrots for the shape of the foliage.

My GH foreman turned up with a very shy young friend to show her GH and to teach her what basil smelled like. She loves the smell of basil,sage and mint. They were blown away when I asked them to crush a leaf of lemon balm. Just like lemonade said the shy one with a huge smile on her face. Sometimes being Grandad Bob is so rewarding.

Very little done today I was gently cooking on the golf course and tomorrow I have yet another skip coming to collect the last of the garden rubbish and all of those"May come in handy things" from the garage. At the moment the drive looks like the Clampits.

PS Earl Grey tea is not improved by the addition of John Innes No2

Next week I intend to sit on my deckchair and do nowt. I will do it thoroughly though.

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