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I am a sniffer.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:10

You'd be better off asking what I don't sniff - the leaves of Crown Imperial lilies and red and black currant bushes - the leaves of some roses smell amazing - Mme Alfred Carriere particularly, tomato leaves and stems, Herb Robert, all the herbs of course, fresh mown grass, a sun-parched garden with rain falling on it, a field of flowering field beans, a freshly harvested wheat field  ............

rose pruning - sealant?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:02

In the UK there is absolutely no need to seal the stems of rose bushes when pruning 

I've seen this recommended on Wiki How - I think it's written for US gardeners. 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:23

Just realised I've not dead-headed the hydrangea!!!!!!!!!  That will have to be done today.  

Talkback: How to grow autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:30

Give them a dose of Fish Blood and Bone about now, and maybe water in some potash too.  If your soil is on the alkaline side water in a couple of teaspoons of epsom salts too.  

Raspberries need quite a bit of water to produce fruit, so when you see them starting to flower make sure you give them a good soaking during dry spells.  I water mine whenever I water the runner beans. 

Carrots and turnips

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:28

Allium, try growing stump rooted varieties like chantenay 

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:04

Steven, if you click on a poster's name above the post, you'll see their personal profile which usually includes the area where they live.  Edd's from Co. Durham  so can't be far from you.

Carrots and turnips

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:02

Hello Nan   

Given that you're in Fife, are we talking about what we Southerners call Swedes (yellow fleshed) or turnips (white flesh)?

As for carrots, I've grown lovely Chantenay carrots in containers in multi-purpose compost. They're not huge carrots, but the flavour is great.

Info here 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 08:58

Good morning Verdun 

I often pad around in the garden in my pjs and crocs 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 08:12


Talkback: How to grow autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 08:10

Hi michaellaura - which type of raspberries are you wanting to prune? Autumn-fruiting raspberries should be cut down to the ground by now.  If not done yet do them now. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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A Holly Orchard

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Happy Endings

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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Growing Mushrooms

Has anyone done it on purpose? 
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