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Latest posts by Pentillie

Black spot on roses

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 10:35

Thanks GG. I thought about watering the base of roses ( both planted and potted ),with Jeyes fluid - after your comments will give it a try.

Will let you have an update in 3 months! 


Black spot on roses

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 22:58

Does anybody out there have a definitive answer to black spot? I've tried all the usual sprays and solutions, and I clear dead leaves around the base of plants, and refresh the soil, but the dreaded spots eventually start appearing. The roses are of differing varieties and type, but they all seem susceptible. 

Any suggestions gratefully received!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 22:55

Looking good Blackest! Had a beautiful warm day here today, and I spent a few hours trying to catch up on planting at the allotment - your cloches look like mine; so far planted with cauliflowers, broccoli and Primo cabbages. 

Hope tomorrow's weather is not too bad - I might get some more parsnip seeds in. 

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 22:43

Another beautiful warm day, spent mostly at the allotment which is now looking pretty trim. Another few weeks and the judges pay their first visit to look at the plots - Allotment of the Year competition! This lovely weather helps us to keep everything looking Spock and span - these little allotment communities could only be in Britain.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 17:08
Another hot,sunny day in the Chilterns - good day at the allotment, everything coming through - parsnips,beet root,peas, all showing now, and cauliflower,broccoli and primo plants just gone in. Last of the Desiree go in tomorrow.
This is what gardening's all about!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 09:46
Just back from a few days in Cornwall, visiting Pentillie Castle last Saturday, and getting my 15 seconds of fame when I was interviewed by ITV News West Country!
Spent yesterday evening at the allotment planting cauliflower and calabrese plants which have outgrown the GH - nice and relaxing job, and pleasant too, as temperatures yesterday were 70 or more. Can't decide which is best, at the allotment in lovely warm weather, or back in Cornwall? Probably the latter!

MOB rants

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:13
GF - just got back from Cornwall, and have only just seen your post from yesterday regarding your parking problems. That would be me too! Sense and normal neighbourly standards say that's not the way to behave, but it's the only way to sort out some problems, and, be honest, after the initial guilt feelings, don't you feel much better?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 22:42
Very warm and sunny, with a strong, but not unpleasant wind. Soil at the allotment is lovely at the moment and everybody working like mad to get up to date with planting. Red kites are everywhere at the moment, dozens are floating over the house today, all peering down looking for lunch, yet rarely ever see any eating anything - although their favourite food locally, in the Chilterns, seems to be the dozens of kamikaze pheasants who wait for a car to appear and then walk out in front of it!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 23:38
Just watched 'The Royal Paintbox' on ITV - very inspirational and uplifting. I am an artist myself (when I have the time), and I found this history of the Royal Family artists so interesting, and Prince Charles was a great narrator - a real eye-opener, and Charles, with his obvious passion, seemed like a different person! More programmes like this please.

Compost bins - tips welcome!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 19:33
If you make your own wooden compost heap, you have three fixed sides, whilst the front has sliding planks. If you fix two vertical battens on both side uprights, you can slide the loose planks down and the front can be opened at will. If you only want the bottom few inches of compost, wedge the planks up with a brick or two.

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