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Surround your roses with strongly scented companion plants, such as lavender, thyme, rue and garlic chives, to help keep aphids at bay. While gardeners are attracted by their beauty, rose pests are deterred by the herbs' strong scents. March - April
year if kept in a cool cupboard out of direct light.AdamIf you're feeling indulgent, replace the olive oil with avocado or almond oil.You can also use this as a massage oil, but it is not suitable for human consumption.More on growing lavender
into a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden.More herb and hanging basket projectsCreate a lavender garden.Learn how to grow basil from seed.Plant peppermint and thyme plants in a container.Follow our advice on picking herbs.Pot up a traditional hanging
to their supports as they growFeed plants with fertiliser solution once a weekApply shading paint or put up shade netting or blindsGreenhouse45 minutesFind out how to create a fragrant garden
with the hose.roses, dahlias, fuchsias, lavender, rosemary and many garden plantsspring, summer, autumnMore common garden pestsCapsid bugsEuonymous scalePhormium mealybugScale insects
the surface. Also unpopular are those with pungent-smelling foliage, such as lavender. The fragrance is contained in vessels that fracture when touched to release essential oils, which, for slugs, must be like gargling perfume.We've found the following plants
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days. This will allow fresh air to circulate the plants and reduce the risk of fungal infection. When new leaves start to grow, leave the cover off permanently.More on taking cuttingsTake summer cuttings.Propagating lavender by cuttingsHow to take
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