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Roses advice

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 17:58

I've always pruned in late Feb/March, here in France and when I lived in Kent. Here my roses are flowering in May.

Happy New Year Everyone

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 17:56



Happy 2016 everyone, may your gardens flourish.


Hi everyone

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 17:43

Hello Clarice, I remember you here before. I hope 2016 will be a better year for you. I am an hour from Riberac, a bit NE of Périgueux.

What animal waste for compost bins?

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 17:38

Bird poo is good in compost, chicken poo is used commercially. Don't put cooked meat and fish in it, encourages rats. Newspaper and fine wood shavings are good in compost as well, improves the texture. There should be dry waste like that as well as wet waste from rotting vegetable waste. I put used paper kitchen towels in the compost.

Happy accident!!

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 17:29

Thanks Chel, worth thinking about. I find that parsnips germinate better if you wait until April when the ground has warmed up a bit. Some seed packets say to sow them too early, then I find they don't germinate.

Roses in pots?

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 17:26

Andi, I think it looks very pretty how you've done it. Summer bedding is good because it last through the summer, especially if you dead head and prune a bit. Roses look lovely when they are flowering, but they have times between when they can look quite messy and uninteresting, so not so good in a small space like that.

I have David Austin roses in pots, but bigger pots than yours. Lady Emma Hamilton is especially successful. But they need a lot of feeding and watering - and don't forget prickles by the front door! I give them rose fertiliser 4 or 5 times in a summer.

Plant ID

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 17:18

Does to me too. Pretty little wild flowers, but depends whether you want them or not.

Some random questions....

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 17:16

Wood ash can be added to the compost heap or spread on the earth and raked or lightly dug in. It can be a natural source of potassium and trace elements, but it's alkali so don't use for acid loving plants. Good for brassicas, helps prevent club root.

The roots of peas and beans have little white nodules on them which contain nitrogen, but it doesn't last forever. I dig them in though.

I would put the manure in a pile and leave it to rot. When it is dark and crumbly then it is a good fertiliser and soil conditioner.

Potatoes shouldn't be planted in the same place because of the risk of blight and diseases.

Lupins are hardy, but baby ones would be best in the cold greenhouse over winter, which would also protect them from slugs and snails.

I would look up nitrogen etc on Google, bit techie for me!


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 16:47

Mad, Flowers! I remember when we bought our first house in 1973. We knew it needed decorating, but it was filthy. I don't think she had ever cleaned her kitchen cupboards, jam rings, rusty tin marks cobwebs and general filth everywhere. Wish we had bought a house from someone like you!


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 15:45

Sounds good Frank.

DD, stop it! Go to bed, read a book! Does it bother you if you go to someone's house and their window are filthy? Or is it only your house? My windows are filthy, but no point bothering in winter, the weather and rain only dirties them again.

I've just spent a pleasant 1 1/2 hours on the sofa in front of the woodburner, reading, watching TV and ringing two of my children, the 2 who weren't here last night.

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