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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Growing Roses

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:21

Some roses do it more than others, especially in the rain. But then they also do it if the roots get too dry. Yours is young, it will probably get better when it is more established, just make sure it doesn't get too dry in it's first year.

Problem with climbing rose

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:17

Mine had mildew some years ago, caught from a grape vine, I sprayed it every week and made sure it was well fed and watered. Now it's really healthy. I think it used to get quite dry in the sun against the house and now I water it more it's better.

Companion planting

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:14

Hadn't seen this thread as we were on our way back from hols when it was posted.

I'm quite keen on companion planting whether it works or not, because it looks pretty in my veggie garden! I plant nasturtiums around the broad beans, we eat the flowers in salads. Borage wherever there is room, it attracts the leaves and the flowers are pretty in ice cubes or Pimms. French Marigolds around the tomatoes, anti whitefly, also basil around the tomatoes -they go so well together. Coriander and dill all over the place because they seed themselves.

Companion planting

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:07

Blossom drop is usually caused by changes of temperature, too hot or too cold. Do you shut the GH at night and ventilate it in the day. Other reasons are too much or too little watering and too much fertiliser. Also it can be lack of pollination. Tomatoes prefer a good soak every few days to little and often which can just wet the surface and not get down to the roots. Don't fertilise until bottom trusses have set.


Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:07

Morning all. More gardening for me today.

Poor OH took 7 1/2 hours to get from Stansted to Eastbourne. M11 closed, then M25 only had one lane. Should take 2 hours. I hope no one was killed in the crash though.

Runner beans too many leaves?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 22:28

Some varieties of runner beans are leafier than others, big leaves are quite normal.

Plants with military associations

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 22:22

In France they have cornflowers instead of poppies to remember the war.


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 22:20

I wonder if OH is still stuck on the M11?

Are they really cranberries in a sort of frame? What happens when they rot?


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 19:55

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 19:53


My dahlias are starting to come out so I expect they will be the stars for the next few weeks.

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