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Comment by Jo Drysdall on January 21, 2010 at 8:32pm
Hi Joey, there's a good (very brief) summary here. I'm told a good way to keep a black current bush healthy is to prune to create an open "vase" shape for good airflow - I'll try this with mine this winter. Red and white currents can be espaliered quite well too.
Comment by Serra Kilduff on January 21, 2010 at 4:03pm
Yep, I planted Phacelia, Lavender and Calendula for them. Dunno if it's the weather, or if there's just no hives near me.
Comment by Simon on January 21, 2010 at 3:32pm
I had a lot more very happy bees and bumble bees this year as I planted a couple of borrage plants to try and do my bit to support the bees in their war against varroa. Sadly hasn't helped the tomatoes though.
Comment by Serra Kilduff on January 21, 2010 at 3:12pm
Mine are slow as as well. And they look sulky! I have just started to get fruit setting in the last two or three weeks, and that was after I started pollinating by hand. I am in the central city and get a few bumble bees, which don't seem to be much attracted to my tomatoes. I don't think I have seen a honey bee.
I know the commercial clover crop is slow this year because it has been relatively cold, meaning the bees don't get out and about as much.

Next season I would like a glasshouse!
Comment by Simon on January 21, 2010 at 3:01pm
How are all the tomatoe growers crops going in Christchurch this year? Mine are very slow, had plenty by this time last year, but nothing this year yet. Is it just me? Or wondering if my garden is lacking a bit of something...
Comment by Vivien Field on January 20, 2010 at 3:39pm
Lots of tomato plants available if anyone is keen on getting in some late plants, I have Yellow Heirloom 'pear' tomatoes and money makers still sitting out waiting for homes. Great to put in pots and grown on in glass houses or a sheltered spot in the garden. Some even have the beginnings of fruit. So if you want any you can email me at: -- Happy Growing!
Comment by Vivien Field on January 20, 2010 at 3:37pm
Plingie I don't know if you are still looking for any berry canes but I have lots of raspberries in my garden that have self sown from next doors raspberry plantation, so you are more than welcome to come and dig them out. I can vouch for their ability to produce fruit as I went foraging a few times over christmas and fed my toddler ripe berries! But they are going to end up ripped out soon if I get time to do it!
Comment by Vivien Field on January 20, 2010 at 3:35pm
Hey Teresa, I just made a comment on the Companion Planting group that I had lots of comfrey to give away, easy to dig up a piece of the root and give it to you. Make sure you give it plenty of room and a nice sunny sheltered spot as in Christchurch it dies back in Winter and goes into a nice black/brown slime thanks to the frosts and snow! It recovers in the spring though and will reward you with all that nutrient rich leaves, its amazing how quickly it can turn into a huge plant! That black slime is great in the compost otherwise you can just dig it back into your soil in the garden (not into the comfrey plot though or you are wasting all that good nutrients in that slime). Just add a personal comment back to me if you are interested in a seedling of comfrey.
Comment by Mark on January 11, 2010 at 7:19pm
Hi all I to have just joined OOOOBY, after encouragement from my daughter who has an amazing first time garden. I don't have anything to offer at the moment as I am starting out from scratch with a new garden.
Comment by Teresa Skilton on January 7, 2010 at 9:05pm
Hi everyone, I've just joined up today so looking forward to meeting some of you. I actually have some tomato plants that need planting asap if anyone would like any. Happy to swap or even just give a few away. I'm also looking for some comfery if anyone has a spare bit.

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