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Posted: 19/06/2013 at 14:21

Right - heading south now - I may be away for a couple of days - enjoy your gardens 

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 14:20

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 13:52

If you know anyone who keeps pet rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens etc ask them for some of the manure for your compost heap - that'll get it working.  Or if you know a chap who likes a pint or two, see if you can negotiate the donation of some recycled beer or cider - diluted a bit and poured over your compost heap that will also get it working. 


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 13:49

I find the best thing to do with greenfly is to brush them off with my fingers (or even a soft brush if you're squeamish) - leaving a few for the bluetits and ladybirds.  I did this to mine a couple of times afew weeks ago and there are hardly any greenfly there and certainly no damage on the roses.

As for feeding them, I mulch with well rotted farm yard manure in the autumn and top dress with Fish Blood and Bone in the spring, with maybe a little more no later than late July.

As for the rust spots, is this black spot?  There's not a lot you can do about this other than ensure you rake up dropped leaves in the autumn and destroy them.  Some roses are more susceptible to blackspot than others.  It used to be less common, when the air was full of sulphur smog from coal fires.  It's the lovely clean air that we breathe nowadays that lets the blackspot spread.  Swings and roundabouts!


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 13:36

Sterling work FB - as you say, if you do it when others aren't posting it's not bumping them up.  

Hope you get a good night's sleep tonight - you've earned it!


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 13:24

I wondered about otter, but can't imagine what they'd be after 


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 13:22

Lovely garden WW - and everything looking in such good condition 

It's quite overcast here now, but still a lovely day for lazing around for a while before I head south


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:29

It is funny isn't it? 


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:27

We have it on our back lawn, along with lots of other low-growing wild flowers that some people would probably regard as weeds - as you say Bookertoo, it's very pretty - as children we called it Birdseye - when it spreads to the veg patch I get the hoe out 


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:24

No squabbling here Matty  

Occasional misunderstandings are bound to happen, but an apology and a friendly explanation usually makes sure we all rub along in a friendly fashion.


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plant offer in the Guardian 
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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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