Archive for 02/07/2013

PicPost: Strings but no fretting


Insect Essential Oil
Ants – peppermint, garlic, citronella
Aphids – peppermint, cedarwood, hyssop
Black Fly – lavender, tagetes
Caterpillars – peppermint
Fleas – lemongrass, citronella, lavender
Flies – lavender, citronella, peppermint, basil
Gnats – citronella, patchouli
Lice – peppermint, cedarwood
Mosquitoes – lavender, citronella, lemongrass
Slugs – garlic, cedar wood, pine
Snails – cedarwood, pine, garlic, hyssop
Ticks – thyme, citronella, sage
Weevils – sandalwood, citronella, sage


Vegetable Essential Oil
Asparagus basil
Green beans lavender, basil
Beetroot marjoram
Broccoli basil, thyme
Cabbage peppermint, sage, thyme
Cauliflower thyme
Celery geranium
Cucumber sage
Leeks hyssop
Lettuce tagetes
Onions chamomile
Peas geranium
Potatoes basil, sage
Tomatoes basil

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Rethinking Childhood

I am pleased to say that I will be returning to Australia this July and August for another series of talks and workshops, visiting Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. There is a full itinerary at the end of this post. My diary on this trip is very full, so I will have limited opportunities for additional visits and meetings. However, I will try to share some of my thoughts and experiences here, as on previous trips. One question has been on my mind for a while: are Aussies more well-disposed towards children as a group than we are in the UK? Does Australia as a nation care more about the freedoms it allows its children than we do here in the old country?

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IMG_6053” ‘T was a hot afternoon, the last day of June and the sun was a demon….”

Remember the tune? I’ll give you the title and artist at the end of this article….

Well Sunday afternoon was certainly hot (the hottest day of the year so far) and whilst some may have headed for the beach, hundreds found their way to Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse Museum, Norfolk.

One of the Museum’s ‘Days with a difference’, the event saw a range of stalls selling, advising and demonstrating garden – related topics. I was there for the afternoon as a Master Gardener, offering advice on growing your own food, composting and just enjoying a chat or two with some seasoned garden folk. I particularly liked the ornamental ironwork display with some large pieces that would look good as eye catchers in the garden. And there was a very interesting vegetable stall selling plug plants of some unusual varieties – if I had more space in my kitchen garden I’d have bought some! Here’s a gallery of some of the stalls and their offerings.

And the gardens at the museum (you may recall that I’m a volunteer gardener here), also drew many positive comments and questions about the plans looking good at present – especially the ranks of Salvia sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ fronted by a low hedge of Lavandula angustifolia ‘Little Lady’ just coming into flower. The other gardens also looked good – the ‘Rambling Rector’ rose a colleague and I carefully pruned and tied in earlier in the year is particularly floriferous , tumbling over the metal arbour in the Wildlife Garden as well as draping one of the museum’s walls. Anmd the veg in cherry tree Cottage is starting to fill up the beds well. The Cafe Garden, looked after by volunteer Sue, is superb this year with a varied display of shrubs and perennials witha good mixtures of height, form and colour. Here are some pictures of some of the gardens and the newly reopenend ‘Seed Merchant’s Shop’ on the day.

…and the song?  ‘Summer (the first time)’ by Bobby Goldsboro (1973) – a classic summer song!

Relive it here:

Old School Gardener

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