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Posted: 10/12/2013 at 20:06

Hello folks - been busy today, onions pickled and loads of lemon curd made.  

Matty, take care of yourself and try not to stress about your eyes - Nut and I have both had similar and it's got better all on it's own - bit of a pain at this time of year when there's so much to do.  Big ((hugs)) from here 

Going to settle on the sofa and watch Masterchef now - have a good evening folks 

Rejuvenating Overgrown/Gangly Roses (8'+)

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 19:57

I think that at one time the trellis extended all the way along that bed - the rose on the right and in the centre look like old climbing roses to me, and may rejuvenate well.  I think the rose to the far left (the one with the yellow leaves) looks more like a rambler of some sort.  All three will respond to being cut back as has been suggested.  They will then shoot again from the bottom.  

You can then tie them into the trellis (the one without trellis will need to have it replaced) training the stems out near to the horizontal - this will encourage the roses to develop side shoots which will bear more flowers. 

Cut them back now to prevent windrock, but in the spring you can tidy them up properly, pruning to buds which will grow in the direction you want them to. Give them a mulching of well rotted farm yard manure now (not touching the stems) and when you prune them in the spring give them a feed with Fish Blood and Bone. 

When they flower show us some photos and we'll have fun trying to identify them.


Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 12:10

Sadly OH has asthma and is allergic to both cats and dogs - the noise his chest makes at night if he sleeps in a house where there's a furry pet is most alarming 

I've always had dogs and cats (as well as all the other animals that go with a farming childhood).  One particular favourite was a min. wire haired dachs x jack russell - she was called Yo-yo and she was brilliant

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 08:31

We've bought a roll of wire netting and bend lengths to make wire 'cloches' to protect seedbeds from being scratched up by cats.  It keeps the birds off  seedlings too. 


Posted: 10/12/2013 at 07:34

Good morning KEF 

Chicky, bodyclock's still running on work time - but at least I'm a bit later than I used to be 

Second mug of coffee here 

Talkback: Planting garlic

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 06:59

Delphine - I've no idea but we have a Canadian gardener or two on here so I'll bump this up in the hope that they'll see your query.


Posted: 10/12/2013 at 06:57

Good morning Chicky   

Squishing caterpillars

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 06:39

Jim, yes - great added to salads - I eat all sorts of plants and trees - OH used to worry but now I've survived this long he reckons I must know what I'm doing 

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 06:37

Artjak - when cats come into our garden OH sticks his head out of the studio and barks like a Jack Russell, it usually does the trick.  Now I'm home more I'm going to get a powerful water pistol.  


Posted: 10/12/2013 at 06:28

Good morning all  Well, you've all been having quite a lively time!

Mrs G, my H. sternii with silver leaves was the only one that didn't make it through last winter, so give it a bit of protection if you can    

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