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Tiny white insects in greenhouse

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 11:01

Anyone wonder why marigolds work to deter whitefly?

They contain pyrethrum, which is extracted & used as a commercial spray. When you rub the leaves of marigolds between your fingers, they exude a very pungent smell.....this is the smell of pyrethrum.

Btw, while marigolds will deter whitefly, it won't kill the ones you already have. Hence I recommend those yellow sticky strips.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 10:35
star gaze lily wrote (see)

Oh David thats awful, so very sorry. What a cruel thing to happen, Sending hugs and best wishes love Lily xx


Thank you, Lily......much appreciated. Life can be a bitch a times, but when we've been flattened, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and get on with things.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 10:18

Please accept my sympathy too, Tracey......I understand how it must have been for you.

Thank you guys for your kind words & understanding regarding the loss of my sister. Unfortunately the story has a rather nasty sting in the tail.

My sister also had her other son (my nephew, Martin) in the car at the time of the crash and he sustained quite serious injuries too.....including two broken legs. However, he grew up into a fine strong lad and emigrated to Kenya to run a farm....very sad to say he was murdered for very little gain by local thugs.

So yes, 'Clair de Lune' does bring a tear to my eye.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:30

When my sister and myself were children, Mum (who was a fairly good pianist herself) always wanted us to learn how to play the piano. In spite of the fact we were by no means very well off, we were duly sent for lessons.

My sister excelled and yours truly was a dismal failure.....the first piece my sister learned to play beautifully was Debussy's 'Clair  de Lune'.

Sadly she and her first born son were killed in a road accident in as you can imagine, it always brings a tear to my eye when I hear it. and then

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 20:18
MrsGarden wrote (see)

Talking of celebs ... Emilia Fox and mum...  ... wonderful, genuine, fresh, down to earth ... just like me and a friend visiting a garden .... next years presenters???

Obviously a lady of taste, as she seems to love sweet peas and took time out to visit the Eagle stand & take on advice.

dwarf french beans in containers

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 17:06

That's impressive, John.....they seem so have something for everything these days. 

Broad Bean feed?

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 17:03
janetclaire wrote (see)

Great thank you David. I have both so will use the GP. Btw are you David K from the bbc message boards? Of Sweet Pea growing fame?! 


The very same, Janet.....although I do grow stuff, other than just sweet peas.

Oh, and welcome to the forum......a nice place to be.


Do I need to feed Cherry tree?

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 15:05

Jack - It is a tad late to apply feed that will affect this year's crop. Having said that, you could give it a feed of 'Growmore' (liquid or granules) or a mulch of well rotted manure.

Btw, the mulch would have been more beneficial if it had been applied last autumn.

Broad Bean feed?

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 13:50

Janet, the answer should really be GP fertilizer,,,,but if you feel they are in need of a pick-me-up, give them (at the recommended dose) a feed of liquid seaweed.

Bonemeal is a slow release fertilizer usually applied during soil preparation prior to planting out. It encourages strong root growth, which helps plants get established.  

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