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Topic: Who else likes gardening?

  1. Jstar49
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    27 November 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Hi Mark,

    Can I ask, do you use that spray even when plant is healthy? I've tried it before on my zucchini and it didn't do much.... maybe I have to do it early..?

    I know what you mean about the variety- the luscious beefsteaks and the really juicy toms don't do well at all, the type thats sposed to cope better with humid weather is smaller and firmer. They work the best of all that I've tried.

    Also do you plant your corn from seed? I don't know how long its suposed to take from seed and I always forget to write it on the calendar when the plants are seedlings lol! So forgetful! I just usually wing it tho and thats ok. When the silk is nice and brown and the cobs feel full. I have a new row coming up now that I just planted, and will plant more once the potatoes are harvested. I love having a garden bed full of corn growing- so undemanding on hot days!

    Maybe I'll try the marigold idea too Em.

    Cheers everyone,

    J*

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  2. ecomama
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    27 November 2020 in reply to Airies

    HI BB gardeners!

    Been a bit patchy on here, have lots of medical things going on left right and centre, but you are right Airies!

    It's a lovely little paradise in the gardening thread.

    Basil Hmmmmm.

    As an organic gardener I ALWAYS companion plant yummy stuff like basil with flowers like marigolds. They grow like a weed from seed and attract predator eating insects, so I've never had a problem with anything but US eating my basil.

    If you plant things in clumps and nice rows then all a pest needs to do is start at the beginning and chomp right through there. A King Henry VIII FEAST is laid out before them lol.

    I know you're a neat gardener lol!
    But basil is worth the messy look.

    Love EM

    PS: I'll be BACK!

    I found that my ginger bulb in my kitchen has SPROUTED in 2 places so I've cut it in half and I'm planting it in pots first then later in the most tropical, hottest and humidest (not a word lol) part of our garden.
    Right near the HAPPY Turmeric!

    We had a heatwave yesterday that has abated today but it's a coming back!

    Love EM

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    27 November 2020 in reply to Jstar49
    Hi Jstar with the milk spray O usually just use it when I see powder mildew.I used it a couple of weeks a go when I had a bit of rain and my Silverbeet was covered in powder mildew so after the rain I sprayed it with the milk spray and it got rid of it quick.I use milk thats gone past its use by date and mix it with a bit of water.I don't have a particular ratio for it.
    I have grown corn from seed but this year I grew it from seedlings and put 32 in.I use to grow everything from seed but getting lazy these days.
    I love planting marigolds they are beneficial to the garden and I just love the flowers.They seem so beautiful and perfect.
    I use to have a book where I wrote down everything when I planted something,pest diseases and methods of controlling it and when I harvested .
    Happy Gardening,
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  4. Jstar49
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    27 November 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Hi Mark,

    32 corn! O be still my beating heart! How wonderful!

    thanks for the tips, I'll try it with next plants.

    Never had mildew on silverbeet-wow!

    I kept a garden journal for a bit- loved it, thought i'd do it always. 🤣

    I chucked some seeds in the other day when I planted corn- can't even remember what I planted! Lucky I can recognise the ones that come up tho.

    I planted calendula one year- it went everwhere! I gave a plant to my bro. "What's it for?" he says.

    I said, "Its a great companion plant, and tea and what not"

    2 months later I apologised profusely for the giant thing of beauty that was taking over his garden lol!

    Maybe french marigold is a bit easier to keep small.......But I love calendula!

    Paws, I kill everything in pots too- I think because I'm erratic with watering, not sure. Stuff in the ground is so much easier, especially if you have access to some manure/compost. Which reminds me, I left the bag of cow manure in the car! OOPS! I think I mentioned I was forgetful??! 😉 (PS found my emojis 💚)

    Cheers everyone,

    J*

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    27 November 2020 in reply to Jstar49

    Oh be still both our beating hearts lol!

    Wow that's alotta corn to eat! My Nana gave me a book once that showed all the ways to blanche and freeze every fruit and vege lol. Then when you had a glut or cheap stuff in the shops, it was a very cheap way to eat and live. That prob belongs on the ways to live cheaply thread lol.

    It's all on the net anyway now.

    I've only ever had mildew on my pumpkin leaves a long time ago. I just cut them off. There so many leaves and vines that it didn't matter losing a few.
    It's about getting AIR FLOW through, but when we have deluges of rain there's no stopping the mildew really.

    I bought a huge wedge of watermelon for the heatwave.
    We eat most of the watermelon then my chickens LOVE pecking at the cool pink and white bits until there's nothing left but a curl of green rind. That prob belongs on the Animal friends thread lol!

    Don't you just APPRECIATE your garden in a heatwave??
    The huge trees providing shade for the house, animals and us.
    The trees cool any breeze coming through them.... I need to hug a tree lol brb.

    I taught some kids about loving trees and giving them a hug this week, they laughed alot, it was cute!

    It's predicted a 36 deg day tomorrow here and a 41 deg Sunday.
    Crikeys.

    I'll get out and use lots of tank water tonight and water around my trees.
    Clean and fill up all the low plates of water.

    We had a blue tongue come in to the room my Uncle's working in today lol. He thought it was a Goanna - these city folk hey?
    DEFINITELY a blue tongue. Looking for some shade no doubt.

    It was before a heatwave last year when mama ring tailed possums were leaving their babies in the shade near my water dishes. I panicked that they were abandoned but WIRES said the mamas would come back. They did. But I had to lock my cat inside until they were gone.

    Sorry guys lol, we're in full heatwave prep here.

    I'm even doing LOTS of laundry today to hang on my balcony to block the morning sun.
    I've got a WHOLE routine going on.

    Stay cool peeps. Talk soon.

    Love EM

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  6. Lillylane
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    29 November 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Hope everyone does ok in the heat.

    EM, I adore trees too. What an incredibly important difference they make. I have some space limitations but I enjoy the research involved with choosing a tree.

    The mature trees we have in front of our place (two on the council strip, one in our yard) help protect and cool our front entrance. Two are maples, one a Chinese tallow I think. Their leaves came back so densely this year after the earlier spring rain. One of them would be huge if it wasn’t for the haircut it gets from council to avoid powerlines. I wish we didn’t have to do that to trees.

    I’d like to plant another tree on the council strip. But have to try and find out about the rules etc.
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    29 November 2020

    I just picked my first tomatoes today of a variety I have never grown before called Apollo.Gets very nice large fruit on it.No problems with the fruit at the moment.

    The mice have got into my corn that I haven't picked yet.Their is just thousands of them.The mice might get everything in the vegie garden this year.

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  8. Lillylane
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    30 November 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Hi Mark

    The mice plague sounds pretty awful. My in-laws have been getting so many and now can’t keep up.

    Hoping the mice will move on if there is rain in December as forecast.

    I found some bunches of grapes growing on our vine so I put some organza bags on them. Hoping we get to try some this year.

    Happy tomato picking!

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  9. pl515p1
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    30 November 2020

    Hello, I have a lucky bamboo plant of my father's it is the only plant of his that I have left here, the rest are at his work.

    It is in a glass jar filled with marbles and water, it looks like one of the leaves is turning brown, I can't let this die as it is dad's, I need to keep it alive.

    Do I need to take it out of direct sunlight, I know he had it on a window ledge, and he would change the water every few weeks, I had a lucky bamboo too, but mine faded away.

    All I have been doing is changing the water and placing it back on the ledge where he had it, I know this weekend Sydney had a heat wave and I forgot to shade it, and the stem was once green but now looking dry.
    I'll take better care of it then myself, it has to go on.

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    30 November 2020 in reply to pl515p1
    Hi I know the luckybamboo really well.A few possibilities of brown leaves,if it's just the tip of the leaves going brown can be from using tap water as it can have fluoride in it or chlorine.Use rain water .That can be a sign of to much water as well.I grow mine in a pot so it can drain and not in the glass tube as they usually die in them.
    If the leaves are fully brown it can be the heat or to much sun.Brst grown in filters sunlight or shade so it doesn't get the sun directly.
    I hope this helps.
    Happy gardening,
    Mark.
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    30 November 2020
    Here's a bit of information about Lucky Bamboo.Its botanical name is Dracaena sanderiana and is in the Asparagaceae family which means it is related to the eddeible Asparagus .
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  12. Jstar49
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    30 November 2020

    Hey everyone,

    Wow it's been so hot!

    And bummer Mark! I would be so po'd if mice were eating my corn! That's just depressing! I get so sad when all my gardens plans come to zilch :(

    BTW has anyone known birds to eat corn seedlings? I could've sworn I had a whole row coming up, now there's 2...... 🤔 Good ol' rocket is springing up tho, so reliable!

    My studies are almost finished- I CANNOT wait! I'm so sick of never having time for anything like cooking or gardening.

    I have a slideshow of my daughter-who turned 21 recently- on my computer. It's making me cry every time. Don't think I can keep it there. Its made up of a bunch of old photos I scanned to put into an album for her, so I haven't seen them much for ages. Wow, life is so short. Full of regrets. I know it's not what you should do, regret, but I can't seem to stop.

    Anyone got any tips for regrets?

    I don't regret planting my corn, even tho I only got a few cobs. It's the best! And ate some spaghetti squash today- mixed responses from the fam. I liked it, still. D didn't use enough butter or salt so she's not a fan. So sweet, and such an interesting texture. Now I need recipes for cold spaghetti squash lol!

    Hope you all stayed cool, and may your garden prosper!

    ps interesting to read of the lucky bamboo plant, I'll have to google that.

    Cheers

    J*

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  13. Lillylane
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    1 December 2020 in reply to Jstar49

    Hi Jstar,

    Not sure I have any tips, as I struggle with regret too. My brain tells me”if only I had done this or that, I wouldn’t be in this situation”.

    But I don’t really know that. Maybe other things would have happened that I couldn’t have seen coming?

    And approaching the end of the year can prompt more of it too because we tend look back over things.

    I’ve been estranged from family for many years, and about a year ago I found out my mum had passed. Was so alone in my grief. Last Christmas my in-laws kindly invited me over but I just felt so disconnected. So this year they understand I won’t be up to going over (the others will) and I need to just pass Christmas Day like it’s any other day.

    But I will think of you Jstar and all here. I’m sorry that the pain you’re in means regrets are playing on your mind. You’ve reached out and it’s a great step towards healing. I hope it helps knowing others here are with you.

    Congrats on soon completing your studies! What are you thinking of doing next in your garden when you have the time?

    L.

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    1 December 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    HI everyone!

    Sorry I haven't kept up with any or many threads, our NBN was down for days and this heatwave - well it's been strange. I've got very busy weeks ahead, so I apologise in advance!

    MICE - awful... my eldest daughter and I worked out that we're having a huge increase in our spider population (and more mice and rats) but millions of reason why are that the bushfires wiped out millions of birds last year.

    All those birds would EAT these creatures. They are our major predators for these animals and insects.

    So the main things we're doing is supporting the BIRDS.
    Making sure there's always lots of fresh water around and we feed them too.

    Having nesting boxes or trees around for them to nest in would help too.

    I think it will take maybe 5 years for our bird population to increase to "normal".

    Love EM

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    1 December 2020 in reply to Jstar49

    Dear Jstar and pl515p1 and a wave to Mark - thankyou for all your wonderful advice and queries everyone!

    Regret?
    I find that whatever negative emotion we're holding on to need to be replaced with a different healing, soothing and even creative emotion / action. Joy, gratitude and love, beginning with oneself. I can't stay long this morning, I have an early start at work.

    My mother worked in Nursing Homes and Aged Care and we visited the elderly people alot.
    I listened to them talk about all sorts including regret.

    The ones with the most regrets were the saddest people and it was heartbreaking to see them cry.

    As a little person I equated regret with being very unwell.

    So I've been thinking on the concept of regret for decades lol!

    Jstar.... we ONLY have today.
    We really need to forgive ourselves for whatever decisions and situations we were in at the time.
    Hold our OWN hands as we forgive ourselves. Look at our "shame forest" and walk through it - with a trusted supporter is best!

    Understand we're only human, never perfect and forgive ourselves.

    But knowing the most important things in our lives in vital for our future.
    Prioritising those most important relationships.

    Please reach out to your daughter.
    Acknowledging your own vulnerability in these attempts (and never giving up) shows your COURAGE.

    It was a soul crushing experience for me to reach out to my eldest daughter for years only to be slammed over and over again. It was so painful that my womb hurt, the Caesarian scar ached - even thinking about that time now causes the same physical pains and tears.

    But I couldn't give up.
    I WOULDN'T give up on her and our relationship even though it was in tatters.

    My Counsellor supported me through this (and the Court processes at the same time).
    My Counsellor steadied me and gave me the ballast I needed to stay grounded and avoid things I might have done - and to do / not do others.
    But I also listened to my maternal instincts and when I did, things began to clear.

    My deepest heartfelt empathies are going out to you Jstar.
    Love EM

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  16. Jstar49
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    1 December 2020 in reply to ecomama

    Thankyou Em,

    Your words moved me deeply, and now I just have emotions, few words.

    Thankyou for your encouragement, your generousity, and wisdom. So helpful knowing that you have walked a similar path.

    I gave her the photo album I made, along with a letter and some other gifts. I haven't heard back. I wasn't expecting to tho- but then the pain of that.....

    I won't give up,

    J*

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  17. Jstar49
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    1 December 2020 in reply to Lillylane

    Hi Lillylane,

    Thanks for your encouragement. I thought about it, and I know I wouldn't be where I am now, without those experiences my d and I shared, chaotic and crazy and lovely in their own way. And she wouldn't be who she is- stable and in a relationship and buying a house. So ..........how can I regret it, really? Logically, I did my best. Illogically, how can it have turned out like this if I did my best??! I guess thats the anger speaking, but no-one wants to hear anger.

    It sounds like you have experienced tough times with your family.

    Families are so fraught with danger! So beautiful, and so awful too.

    I'll be thinking of you on Christmas day. I hope you can do something that makes it special for you. Maybe, now that your mum has passed on, you and she can make peace. I imagine that when I die I will be above any disagreements, hate, unforgiveness and seeing things only from my perspective. As a mum I can imagine that she will be looking down and wanting to see you happy.

    All the best,

    J*

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    1 December 2020 in reply to Jstar49
    Hi Jstar big hugs from me.I have so many regrets I wish I could change so many things in my life but I can't .I know what the sadness is like not being are to see your daughter.Its heart breaking.I am not good with giving advice so I am here for you and will listen.
    Take care,
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    1 December 2020 in reply to Lillylane
    Hi Lilly Lane I know how hard Christmas will be for you.Its a very sad day for me as well losing my mother on that day and not being there for her.I like Christmas day to be just another day but it is hard and I have it as a day of mourning and do a private toast to her at the 2pm the time she passed.
    All the best,
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  20. Jstar49
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    1 December 2020

    Hi all,

    Thanks Mark, that means something. I love your tradition of toasting your mum, very special.

    Sounds like Christmas is a tough time coming up. I wish we could somehow share it together!

    I reread what Em had to say.....".I find that whatever negative emotion we're holding on to need to be replaced with a different healing, soothing and even creative emotion / action. Joy, gratitude and love, beginning with oneself. "

    I wonder- maybe we could all do something healing this Christmas, like, make a pact with each other, to honour our feelings- whatever they may be- and then, as a separate thing, to replace the negative part of that story or feeling with something creative and lovely and that brings us joy and nurtures ourselves.....

    I'm not going to plan anything, but I'm going to be open to experiencing something joyful and healing, to replace my shame and guilt and self condemnation with... something hopeful and beautiful.

    And then I'm going to tell you guys about it!

    Please join me, if it sounds lovely to you 💜

    Big hugs,

    J*

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  21. Lillylane
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    2 December 2020 in reply to Jstar49
    Thanks Jstar, Mark and EM for your thoughtful responses.

    Jstar what a lovely idea - I’ll think about something I can do on the day too.

    Thanks Mark for your understanding. Can appreciate how hard it is missing your mum.

    Very grateful for a beautiful thread here.
    Best wishes to all.
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    That's a really beautiful idea J*.... you reminded me of something, funny how that happens all the time on this thread lol...

    There's a site called "Good Grief" and through this a program for children called "Seasons for Growth" for children who've experienced grief and trauma. It's SO beautiful. We're all children at heart and we've all experienced grief and trauma.

    In this program there's a little activity with a light cardboard heart that the children colour in and fold in half.

    Then in a dish of water they all put their hearts in and they OPEN UP!

    I think what you've described J* is open hearted living.

    Acknowledging the feelings we have, both sad and poignant, and also the joy we have in our hearts for those relationships.

    My fiancee lost his first wife in his mid 40s, we've talked about his feelings alot over this shocking, sudden loss. She was a wonderful wife to him.

    Now we both feel joyful that she was part of his life, he can now talk about lovely things they shared without crying, darling man.

    My mother spoke about her grief at losing my brother and said it was like having her arm cut off.
    She missed this arm and will miss it for the rest of her life, but she had to learn how to live without it. This made alot of sense to fiancee.

    I feel that way about my Nana. She made Christmas the MOST WONDERFUL TIME! She was a real joker and so much fun, GOSH she was a great lady!

    She thought having all of us were such GIFTS and spoke to me all the time about how much she loved having us all in her life - regardless of the issues lol, and there were LOTS of issues lol.
    She also lost so many people but her focus was on the people around her; family, broader community.

    Gotta leave now, better get to work!

    Lots of love EM

    The delight in seeing hearts open up is wonderful to see and experience.

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  23. Airies
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    2 December 2020 in reply to Jstar49

    Jstar49,

    re the tomatoes. I run 2 lengths of plastic downpipe straight down on either side of mm tomatoes. Each pipe has a series of holes drilled in it. Pipe is about a metre in length. I use a post hole digger to dig the hole, run the pipe down. Makes it easy to water down deep and water runs out of the holes. I put compost, worm castings, charcoal in the middle of the pipe and whatever goodness goes to the roots. I Brought mine from a plumbing supply and the cut to length. Once tomatoes are finished out they come till next year. Works a treat and this year I installed a drip per system as well. My only grow the cherry varieties as my patch is pretty small,

    hope this helps. Cheers

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    The tomatoes I have been picking of my Apolo tomato are really huge weighing 300g plus and they taste really good and no pest or diseases in them.I have loads of fruit on.
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  25. Jstar49
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    2 December 2020

    Hi all,

    Aries, that sounds brilliant! Will def give it a try!

    Apollo tomatoes sound worth a try too Matchy. I have been trying heirlooms- those look hybrid from what I've seen...? But hey, I just want tomatoes! I have memories (not pleasant really but def a measure of success) of my mother bottling jams and relishes and sauces, us kids planted and picked and polished tomatoes to buy our gear... I feel like a failure! Of course my dad just smiles somewhat superciliously and says something about sprays and such- then looks superior. Of course I am trying to prove myself to him, and earn his respect and approval- thanks guys, hadn't really realised that!

    This thread is amazing!

    Am so inspired to totally immerse myself in the experience of Christmas... whatever it may be.

    Cheers,

    J*

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    Hi Airies

    I LOVE that idea!
    Using the plastic pipe for a dual or more purpose!

    I call those pipes worm towers lol and I put them in at my work veggie patches.

    I have one dug in RIGHT near my morning cuppa spot in the garden and I plop my tea bag in there and tissues, anything organic apart from weeds I pick out lol.

    Re: tomatoes... an Award winning organic farmer I knew spoke to me about companion planting.
    She said whatever goes well on the plate together, plant together...

    Not sure how well this works for ALL food growing but it works for her!

    So tomato and basil go nicely on a plate for dinner - maybe bruschetta.

    I always plant those 2 together and I ALWAYS throw some marigold seeds around as well.
    It really helps having those different scents and colours to confuse the bugs.

    I woke up SO EARLY this morning (after a nightmare) and came out to the balcony to the sounds of frogs in my garden.... YAY THEY'RE BACK!

    I'm without a car today but the weather is grey and has already rained, so it's INSIDE work today.
    Might be able to pop out in spots and see what's going on in the garden IDK lol.

    I can see my VERY old crepe myrtle has a fungus on it.
    It needs a good old lopping but it's on it's way out.
    I have to remove it anyway for the path to the cabin being built later.
    Glad it's going out of it's own accord.

    Other than that the Brush Turkeys have been having a field day!
    SO MUCH MULCH being spread all over, they're REALLY hard workers lol.

    Happy gardening everyone!

    Love Em

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    Storms around last night only got 2 mm out of it.A lot of lighting.
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  28. Jstar49
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    3 December 2020

    Frogs! Storms Rain! Yay!

    We have got a drizzly day today- gosh I LOVE it sooooo much! I feel all cool and refreshed on the inside- a bit drippy but it's peaceful and quiet so I can handle it.

    I have harvested some of my potatoes- it's the first time ever for me! They are so big and firm and white- my man chose the variety as he doesn't like the creamy ones- just probably didn't get around to covering them as thickly as I should've- tinge of green :(

    Em I planted basil and tomatoes this year-I shall have to add marigolds and see if that helps, cos neither did spectacularly! My problem isn't bugs, it's humidity I think, and that's probably worse because it's basically south facing, down slope. I have random success, and lots of dead tomato plants! So after these chats on this thread I have a new plan to try- worm towers 😉, marigolds, and Apollo's!

    I am very persistent, so I won't give up yet.

    Cheers everyone, and enjoy the rain, if you're getting it,

    J*

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    3 December 2020 in reply to Jstar49

    Hi Jstar I grow potatoes every year.I am just waiting for the vines to die down and I will harvest.I don't think it' to get away.Did you plant any particular variety? I will have to look up what variety I planted.I think I will get a good crop.I planted seed potatoes this year.

    Happy gardening,

    Mark.

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    3 December 2020
    A very dry month for November only 6 mm of rain.My tanks are dry.I need some decent rain.
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