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Talkback: Lemon verbena

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 14:56

seaside oldie, I cut sprigs from the plantt in late summer, though I made sure there were still a few leaves left behind on the parts I cut.  I tied them together with thread and  hung them up in a warm dry room.  When they looked dry and crinkly I put them in an airtight jar.  In late spring/summer I use it fresh instead, just pinching out a couple of tips whenever I want some.  I also do the same with lemon balm and mint.  

No idea on the wine though.

Talkback: Lemon verbena

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 12:17

I'm drinking tea made from lemon verbena I dried last year, as I read this.  The new leaves are on my verbena now so I can look forward to a continuing supply of fresh later on.  I got my plant from RHS Wisley but I'm sure Jekka's shop will have it too.  As for it deterring cats, my cat isn't phased by it but that might be because it's planted right next to catmint!

Talkback: Jersey Tiger moths

Posted: 02/04/2012 at 12:31
I'm another gardener in South London who has seen the Jersey Tiger. I first saw one in 2010 which had found its way indoors: fortunately it was on a windowsill so it was easy to free it. I saw a couple in the garden again in summer 2011. Hope to see them this year.

I notice that another commenter mentioned the caterpillars eating comfrey. I grow comfrey for the fertiliser and also as a good bee plant but didn't know it was also useful for the moths.


Posted: 04/03/2012 at 18:59

My garden soil is clay and I have a peony (inherited from previous house owner) which has been doing fine for several years.  I think my soil is slightly on the acidic side.   

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