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Rose leaves are curled/wrinkled

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 07:16

Look carefully for insects that suck sap like aphids. You probably have differing insect pests to us, but that looks like insect damage.

Bugle (Ajuga Reptans)

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 19:42

I think chiltern sell seeds.



Posted: 05/01/2016 at 19:37

Rubbish on telly. It might be an early night tonight. Work tomorrow.


Sow indoors IN HEAT ?

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 12:23

I sow onion seed in a greenhouse at this time every year. It is only kept  frost free. Inside the  house is probably too hot.

Potager garden

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 11:52

I can recommend Geoff Hamiltons books , and a visit to Barnsdale  near 

Rutland Water. He built a potager in about that size for one of his tv gardens.

You can get his dvds from Barnsdale  gardens or amazon.


Please read. Very large site being cleared. Concerned about wildlife!

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 11:42

Cut down logs could be used for a log pile on the edge of the woodland. Clear all brambles carefully, checking for hedgehogs as you go. Get rid of all rubble, shopping trolleys, abandoned fridges etc.  I dont know how many people you have on this job, but that should keep you going until Spring. By that time, wildlife, may be moving around and save itself. Any treasures that could be saved should be coming up. 

Yesterday, while I was out, someone knocked on the door and asked Hubby if he wanted the front garden tidying. He would cut everything down,  dig it all over, and it would be tidy.  yes, it would be tidy, but the wife would kill you, he says. There is a colony of ground nesting bees, hundreds of bulbs, frogs and toads, and lot of perennials that will emerge in Spring. I tidy it very carefully. Scorched earth policy is out.

Please read. Very large site being cleared. Concerned about wildlife!

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 10:08

I'm really confused. It sounds like there is going to be a scorched earth policy. If they want an area for wildlife, why not start with an attitude of what can be saved to start with. If woodland is there already, I would save that as undisturbed for the time being, for sanctuary for any animals. When the rest of the garden is done and animal friendly, then the woodland wildlife area can be selectively tidied.


Posted: 02/01/2016 at 07:13

Good morning, Dove and Pat, and Pauline.



Posted: 02/01/2016 at 07:08

Oh dear, Hostafan. The first time I went to Hurghada, we were due to fly Air France from Gatwick to Cairo. Air France went on strike. We ended up going British Midland to Schipol, then KLM to Cairo. When we got to Cairo, our transport had cleared off as we were 8 hours late. No help from England. We had to hire a minibus and two drivers to get us to Hurghada, through the night, through the desert with barely a road, let alone lights.  Good diving though.

I hope you have a better day tomorrow.

Soft fruit suggestions please

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 23:53

Do you eat many redcurrants?

I only grow what I like to eat. I used to grow gooseberries for Dad, but this years crop is still in the freezer, no one wants them, so I pulled all the bushes out.

I love raspberries all summer long. With a few varieties, you can eat them fresh from June to October, and have plenty to freeze and jam.

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