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Sun 16-May-10
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Danny
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It's called Companion Planting (!) by Brenda Little RRP £7.99 (New Holland = publisher)

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Thu 20-May-10
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Hello...I'm annie b..I live in Leicestershire . I love being out in the garden, and also have an allotment about three miles away from my house. ...but I have to fit them in around work, which can be rather manic.

I wish I was one of these women with green fingers who had the magic touch with all plants....I'm not!Growing anything is like a lottery for me......and as for houseplants.-bringing one into my house is like putting it on death row.

I've been following the blog for about a year now and really admire your journey and sheer industriousness. mmmn, perhaps I better get out in the garden instead of sitting here with a cup of coffee reading about what you're all upto.....

Thu 20-May-10
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Hi annie b and welcome.  Yes that is my problem too. Roll_Eyes I do so much either in the house or outside  and then I just have to have a sneaky look at the forum,  which I am sure you will love.  Smile

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Thu 20-May-10
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Thanks for joining in, Annie. You sound pretty industrious yourself, what with an allotment and what sounds like a busy work schedule.

Never mind the non-green fingers. I am in that category too. So I just let Fiona get on with it! Whistle

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Hello annie b!  More like Busy Bee!

I'll try that again!

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danast said:Hi annie b and welcome.  Yes that is my problem too. Roll_Eyes I do so much either in the house or outside  and then I just have to have a sneaky look at the forum,  which I am sure you will love.  Smile


I feel perfectly justified in sitting down reading the forum tonight. I have shifted a mini-greenhouse and put our outdoor tomato plants in there as the weather may turn cool at nights again (it has been glorious here in Latvia the past week), I have tied up the beans and peas to poles, weeded some onions, and sorted out a flowerbed and now I am aching Doh Yawn. Planting calabrese and lots of seeds tomorrow and also trying to work out how to work around a whole load of self-seeded swiss chard. The ones I dug out keeled over despite being soaked all day and I think they died. Cry

Sat 22-May-10
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Thanks  for the warm welcome! Anyone who is a gardener is always busy don't you think?

I was down at the allotment yesterday planting out broad beans...everything is late this year...adn not jsut because of the weather.I was away for a month during March and April in Australia and am desperately trying to catch up!

Every single windowsill ahs bbeen filled with pots and seeds...and like Danny and Fiona's cottage, mine is old with very small windows. I fancy a greenhouse......but with two sons who over the years have broken every window with eiither a rugby ball, football or golf ball....I stilll daren't get one, even though they're older and should know better now!

Sat 22-May-10
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HI annie bWave, i have planted my beans out too, but having read out DANNY'S post on companion planting to my other halfDoh,she went rummaging in her bible (amature gardener) Yelland guess what i had put my beetroot next to them, and as DANNY knows bestSurprised, guess what i was out moving by the light of the silvery moon,Eeek that will teach me to show her indoors that DANNY'S clever ideas (him and his books )MOS.

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I keep forgetting about companion planting but I have just checked through and everything seems to fit together nicely Cheers. Mind you it is not rocket science to put lettuce and radishes next to each other or tomatoes and basil, after all they go together nicely in salads so handy to have them near to each other. I did know that onions are good at keeping carrot root fly away so a row of spring onions nearby is a good idea.

Did read though that peppers and carrots go nicely together, maybe we should have a go in the greenhouse and see what happens! I_am_Hungry

Sat 22-May-10
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 Hi joanna Waveme and carrots are at odds with each other Confused, had no luck with them last year .this year they are popping up all over the place, self setting ,so i am going to let them run and see,strangely i put some peppers in a while ago but only 2 have come. up i have tracked it back to 1 odd bag of potting compost its c**p unfortunately a lot of the wife's border flowers went into the same compost and the yield is terrible .just goes to show there's good and bad and its hard to tell till its too late. hope the weather is good to you fingers crossed . MOS.

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

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Don't be too hard on yourself, MOS. Fiona only discovered companion planting very recently but she is really into it this year. Space is at a premium for her new flower project so she was delighted to discover that some flowers go well with vegetables. That means she can sow flowers amongst the vegetables which maximises the space and will also make the vegetable garden very attractive. Apparently, that was what poorer people did down the years because flower lovers could not afford separate growing space. Food was all important. It's funny how things cycle around.

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Sun 23-May-10
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I've always planted flowers and veggies together, I dislike rows of anything so things just go in where they'll look good.  Well, that used to be so until I couldn't do much gardening any more.  Things have improved this year somewhat, since I now have time to do what I can when I want to. Those blasted Violets are still causing me problems though.Roll_Eyes

I'll try that again!

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wow blasted violets . what do they look like, we only get the ordinary ones round our way.WinkDevilRunAway MOS .

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Sun 23-May-10
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can i get some seeds from you TAWitchy_Happy,i can build a shatterproof cold frameRunAway and plant them round the wife's sun'y chair,LaughDevilTardis

how the buggering heck do you spell sunny chair it could be sunnie sunie sunney suney even the spell check wont tell me Embarassed yes i found the spell check before you giggle uncontrollably, well wen i say found it ,was pointed out to me MOS

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MOS, you are welcome to as many of these Violets as you can take, they are thugs!

I think Sunny Chair would be the right one, though we know what you mean anyway, don't fret. Big_Hug

I had some beans growing in a pot outside with a piece of glass over it, they were growing well and had reached the top so last night I remove the glass to give them room to shoot up.  This morning, all I have left is tiny main shoots.  I am SO cross!  Steam It'll be the sodding slugs I guess, or the snotty snails.  I'm not giving up - I shall sow more seeds and keep them indoors until they can stand up for themselves.

I'll try that again!

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