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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Marigolds in the veg patch

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:17

I plant French marigolds around the tomatoes, same family as tagetes. Are you talking about them or calendulas? I also plant basil near the tomatoes and nasturtiums around the broad beans. It all looks pretty and so much the better if there are other benefits. You can eat nasturtium flowers in salads anyway. I meant to sow borage as well, forgot to buy the seed, but not too late I think. The flowers are pretty in ice cubes.

to bark or not

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:39

It depends where you put the bark. I use it in shrub beds on top of a permeable fabric to supress weeds. I don't use it it flower beds where I may want to change plants or put in annuals. Then it is better to use a compost mulch.


Posted: 08/05/2013 at 09:25

Morning all.

Pash I asked on the plastic chair thread why you keep posting "bump", understand now! Should have looked here first.

Lily beetles were "having a cuddle" here in France too yesterday! Also drizzling here. Bank holidays today and tomorrow, rain forecast.

Going shopping in a minute, Leclerc open today. Got to make 2 cakes for OH's choir, concert tomorrow.

breathing life into faded plastic chairs.

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 09:18

Hello, pash. I had a look at your profile, lovely photo on your avator, but why do you answer "bump" so often? I'm a curious sort of person

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 23:29

I've got here really late - better late than never! OH went to choir so I gardened until about 8.30 and watered pots and GH. Even put sprinkler on as it was a bed I'd weeded and manured and composted so I planted out nicotiana, ageratum, snapdragons and white petunias in the gaps. There were some gaps because last autumn a horrid mole had tunnelled about so the odd perennial had died and I usually put some annuals in that bed for extra colour. Then I, too, watched the Apprentice.

Good night all.

Email notifications are back

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 20:25

So do I. I sent you a message, Blackest. Don't know if we get notified about that at the moment.


Posted: 07/05/2013 at 20:23

Ericacious feed should help, in a pot it will need feeding anyway. Rain water is best for watering. Every year you should scrape away a bit of the top compost and give it some new ericacious compost. I think it looks hungry.

Plant identification

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 13:01

The link above didn't work, think it's not complete. Green alkanet. Try this one.

Deep flower bed - how to fill it

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 12:57

If they are raised the drainage should be OK, but for perennials and shrubs then good garden topsoil mixed with a bit of compost would be my choice. Not rocks and bricks. For shallow rooting veg or annuals you wouldn't need such deep earth.

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 22:23

What a wonderful clematis. Now I'll have to look for that one.

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