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Keeping roses healthy

My friend seems to spend half of his gardening life dealing with rose pests and diseases. I want to grow roses too, but is it possible to buy varieties that are likely to be trouble-free? It is certainly true that some … Continue reading

11. April 2017 by admin
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Growing Herbs

What is the best way of getting chives established? You can raise chives (Allium) either from seed or by dividing old clumps. Sow seed in the spring, and when the seedlings are several inches high, plant them out in clumps … Continue reading

03. April 2017 by admin
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How to Grow Tender vegetables

Do you recommend the all-female varieties of cucumber which are now available? Yes, these are a very useful development. With the old-fashioned varieties of greenhouse or frame cucumbers you have to remove all the male flowers because, once the flowers … Continue reading

03. April 2017 by admin
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Growing Peas and beans

My French beans often fail to germinate. Any advice? The commonest cause of such failure is sowing in cold, wet soil: the beans rot or are attacked by pests and diseases. It really pays to start beans off indoors, sowing … Continue reading

31. March 2017 by admin
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Cloches, frames and tunnels

I want to make good use of my cloches. Can you suggest a cropping plan? The most economic way of using cloches is ‘strip cropping’, in which cloches are moved backwards and forwards between two strips of land. (It is … Continue reading

31. March 2017 by admin
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Roses as hedging

What are the advantages of using roses rather than other shrubs for hedges? Mainly that they will provide almost continuous colour throughout the summer and well on into the autumn. If you are using upright-growing roses of the cluster-flowered type, … Continue reading

30. March 2017 by admin
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Feeding Plants for Success

What fertiliser should I choose, and when should I apply it? Any of the proprietary, ready-mixed rose fertilisers will be perfectly satisfactory, with bone meal as a good alternative. They are easy to apply, but use gloves (preferably rubber) when … Continue reading

29. March 2017 by admin
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Growing Roses – General Maintenance

What should I do if I take over a garden with badly neglected roses? They are likely to be unpruned, may well have been badly pruned in the past, probably will be disease-ridden with many dead stumps, and there may … Continue reading

29. March 2017 by admin
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Roses: Siting and Planting Roses

What is the best site for my roses? Almost anywhere as long as the soil is well drained and the plants will have full sun for most of the day. Avoid narrow, potentially draughty spaces – for instance, between closely … Continue reading

28. March 2017 by admin
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Choosing bedding roses

Could you suggest some large-flowered and duster-flowered roses in various colours that would be suitable for bedding? The choice is immense, but the following are a few of my personal favourites: RED. LARGE-FLOWERED ‘Alec’s Red’, ‘Ernest H. Morse’, ‘Fragrant Cloud’, … Continue reading

27. March 2017 by admin
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