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Latest posts by lavenderlass

potato sack compost

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 19:35

I have grown seed potatoes in bags with varying success.  The first time I was really pleased because there. were lots of delicious potatoes.  Then decided I would do some for Christmas/New Year and had none at all(think this was because the wind broke the stalks)  This year the crop was smaller but the potatoes again were lovely.   I have always put the used soil on the garden and started with fresh.  Am now wondering if the small amount of potatoes is worth the effort.

Mildew on Clematis

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 19:19

Many thanks to you all for the help.  I shall try the organic solution and certainly look at the web site for fertilizers.  Hopefully next year will be much better.

Mildew on Clematis

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 10:35

Thanks Bookertoo.  There were plants around it but I have cleared them out as they were getting far too big and not flowering.  Perhaps I will leave space around it and see what happens.  Trouble is when I have spare soil I must put a plant or plants in it. Have given it tomatoe feed a couple times but perhaps chicken pellets would be better (have never used them but have read about them). 

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 15:33

I also have not seen anything about this programme.  Is it on now or one to look forward to?

Ant Problem!

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 19:17

Thanks Christopher2, didn't realise ants ate aphids, so they are not entirely bad, just a nuisance in large numbers.


Posted: 12/08/2012 at 14:58

Grew Cosmos for the first time this year (from plug plants) and they are lovely.  Can't wait to grow them next year, maybe from seed.

Ant Problem!

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 14:40

Hi Rose Ann, There seem to be a lot of ants this year.  I don't have any lawn only gravel, but the  pavers and drive seem to have plenty of ants on them.  Several plants such as shasta daisies are crawling in them.  After dead-heading I find I have to brush them off my hands.  Like you I'ved tried Nipon which usually works, but this year must be ideal for ants with there being so many.


Mildew on Clematis

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 19:40

Does anyone have aproblem with mildew on clematis.  It is  one called Durandii and it flowers really well every year but also suffers with mildew.  Are there any solutions for this.(The plant is lovely and I've had it about six years.)  Have been trying to take cuttings (without success) just in case.

Talkback: How to take rose cuttings

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 19:52

Last autumn I planted two rose twigs not really expecting them to do anything.  I just pushed them into the garden soil.  One I lost and the other started getting new leaves.  With changing the garden round I decided to put the surving twig in a pot and it is surprisingly doing well.  I have just read Paul N's note on the right way to grow rose cuttings and am definitely going to try it.  It sounds more foolproof than the way I did it.  Many thanks

clematis leaves trouble

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 20:24

Hi, I have a similar problem with a clematis named Durandii and have been thinking that it must be mildew.  This clematis is growing in the ground up a trellis on a fence.  I have other clematis but these are in pots and touch wood do not seem to  be effected.  The Durandii  has suffered this problem for about three years and apart from this looks very healthy and flowers well.  Does anyone know what I can do?

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