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Latest posts by Lavender Lady

what can i use instead of plastic pots

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 19:32

I am potting on lots of seeds and I have run out of small 3inch flower pots.  Does anyone have ideas what I can use - have thought of coleslaw pots etc but they are clear - does this matter or do the roots need to be in darkness.  I really don't want to have to buy any plastic pots - when I think of the hundreds I must have thrown away over the years.  Only got my greenhouse this year and have been going mad growing seeds.  Any ideas would be appreciated.


Posted: 07/08/2012 at 17:30

Oh well didn't know they were collared doves, thanks for that rainjustlearning.  I know they are so cute, they are really fluffy.  I also thought the close ups of the bees were interesting as well.  Isn't nature just amazing and doesn't it make you feel honoured that they choose your garden to come into.  


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 17:20

We get pigeons nesting every year in our garden.  This year they were perched on top of the rose arch.  I do wonder if they are the same family and the young ones coming back to rear their own young.  I know they are not the most beautiful of birds and not that popular but I have grown very attached to ours and love to watch them developing.  Feel quite sad when they have flown the nest.



perennial plug plants

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 08:42

Hi Melanie, I too got the T & M plug perennials.  I have had mine growing in pots now for about 4 weeks and they have put on lots of growth and have doubled in size.  I will keep mine in my cold greenhouse to overwinter and like Christopher says I will plant them out in the spring when i know they will have a much better chance of surviving.  It is a lot to ask of a very young plant to cope with the wet and cold winter.  I want to be sure they will flower next year so don't want them struggling. 

They did arrive as very small plugs but i thought they were very good value for money and was pleased with them.

Invasive Plant/weed

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 14:59

Looks a bit like Valerian to me.  I do have it in my garden but I have to keep it under control.  The roots do get big.  Some in my front garden had grown so thick that when I pulled it up it lifted up some of the tarmac pavement !!

Don't know if anyone else has any ideas but that is what I think it is.

acid soil

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 09:41

I have a pot with a pieris in and I always pop a couple of violas in for some winter/spring colour and they always seem to do ok, as to cyclamen. 

Rose Blackspot

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 08:52

Don't know if any of you get the Barnsdale Gdns newsletter emailed to you but this was featured in the latest one. 

Rose Blackspot

This is a terrible disease that can vary year on year in its severity and because of all the dampness this year we are seeing quite a bit already. Being organic we generally rely mostly on hygiene to keep diseases at bay and roses are no different. We collect all the fallen leaves each autumn to prevent the blackspot spores from overwintering and being ready to re-infect the roses the following year. However, even doing this job each year does not guarantee that this disease will still not strike. If it does, then a good organic way of keeping it from spreading is to use skimmed milk! Dilute equal parts of the skimmed milk with water and spray it directly onto the leaves of the roses. The solution will coat the leaves and prevent the blackspot spores from attaching themselves to the leaves, therefore preventing further spread of the disease. The method will not cure the leaves of  blackspot but it will halt its progress. It is important to use skimmed milk as the higher level of fat in other types of milk actually reduce the effectiveness of the spray. If it rains heavily then the solution will need to be reapplied, otherwise spray every 10-14 days.

Box Blight

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 15:27

I don't know if you saw last nights GW but Monty Don was showing his box which also has box blight.  It was all brown in the middle of the plants but the outside looked ok.  He said to cut out the brown and they would grow back.  You could maybe watch the programme on BBCi player just to check but I'm sure that is what he said. 

The long game

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 15:23

Love the pictures Dan, you are making good progress and it is looking great.  Keep posting pics so can see how you are getting on.  I have found that people on this forum have so much gardening knowledge if you get stuck just ask and you will have the answer at your fingertips.  Good luck

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 15:18

Yes, wouldn't it be great to have a whole hour of GW, instead of the 30 mins.  I enjoyed last nights programme, especially as I love roses and there were lots about them.  I like Monty Don but my fave is Carol Klein she just explains everything so perfectly and her enthusiasm is wonderful.  Come on Carol do another series of your own, I loved Life in a Cottage Garden

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