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Climber rose advice wanted

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 16:55

Thanks again, all, that's really helpful. Compassion was one of my Dad's favourite roses. As a child I remember he always grew roses with a lot of fragrance, We had Albertine and Madame Butterfly growing on a long arch across our garden and the lawn was covered in petals and us kids used the petals as confetti for  play weddings. Such happy days, there's nothing like flowers to bring back memories. Hopefully I'll be able to post a photo of my first bloom in the summer!

Climber rose advice wanted

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 17:59

Thanks very much for the advice. If I go for bare-rooted, it's mild here now but freezing weather due next week, would you wait till March or when a longer mild period comes (if it does)? Also how far from the wall is ideal? Sorry for all the questions but I want it to thrive and be happy and I know from reading your posts that you know your stuff!

Climber rose advice wanted

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 14:57

Hello, I want to plant rose climber Compassion on my south facing wall. Can you advise the very best time to plant as it's in memory of my dear old dad and I would be so sad if it didn't do well. Also bare-rooted or not? Many thanks, Julie


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 11:25

Yes! you're right!  I've just dug up my first-ever potatoes and they look perfect just like the picture! I can't believe it! I really thought I'd messed them up and was wondering how to do better next year. I didn't know that the foliage collapsing was a sign they were ready. It's given me a lot more confidence, thanks for the help. Now I think it's time for a tasting!


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 09:37

Well I had no idea, I thought all potatoes flowered and have been looking every day for a sign of them! Thank you Kef and Bob. I planted them at the end of April, they're second earlies - Kestrel. I will go out today and have a look, fingers crossed!


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 09:18

I've tried growing potatoes for the first time this year in planters. I've still had no sign of flowers and the foliage (which looked great for ages) now looks weak and lots of leaves have come off. I've been plagued with snails and slugs which I regularly clear. They've been regularly watered and are in a sunny position that has shade from late afternoon.They were planted in a vegetable compost recommended by the garden centre. I followed all the planting instrucions with the planters and if I get no crop this year I'd really like to not give up and have a go next year. Can anyone help with some encouragement and advice?

EU proposes ban on traditional seed

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 11:19

Hello Blackest, I've just sent this (with a bit of plagiarism from you!)

'Dear Catherine Ashton,
 As an ordinary UK resident member of the public I am asking you to please vote against the new Seed Law when it comes before you on 6th May 2013.

By forcing registration of all varieties of all crop species, the new law will prohibit old, rare and traditional public-domain farm varieties. This will guarantee huge profits for the seed industry but will be a terrible loss to the people of Europe as our agricultural heritage is outlawed overnight.

But most importantly it will be our children who, already facing a future of world food shortage, will suffer the devastating loss of diversity and opportunity to find solutions using both traditional and new growing solutions.

Thank you for reading this.
 Yours sincerely'

(I hope I've got it right,  Julie)

Have you put your potatoes in yet?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 17:13

Second earlies going in containers this evening. Kestrel - as they're recommended as blight tolerant and slug resistant.

What's the best way to shade a greenhouse?

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 21:54

Thanks Frank there's nothing like real practical advice from many years of experience. I used your 'finger damp' tip today. I'll be relying on your advice again!


Growing veg with little space

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 17:30

I found a brilliant book in the library (and since bought a copy) called Patio Produce by Paul Peacock, it's about how to grow veg, fruit, herbs etc. in the smallest possible space. He uses all sorts of wacky things for containers and gives loads of loads of really good advice on what to grow when. His garden is in Manchester so he knows about weather! I'm having at growing things I would never have thought of trying before.

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