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Roses – organic control of black spot and powdery mildew

April 25, 2013 Filed under Soul food

Baking soda is a godsend in the kitchen and laundry but is less well known as an organic control of rose diseases, especially powdery mildew and black spot.  Try this baking soda spray on your roses.  Read more

Roses – pre-pruning tips

June 17, 2012 Filed under Soul food

If you are fond of your roses, now is a good time to give them their first haircut before the serious prune in July. Cut back your standard and bush roses by half, getting rid of dead and thin branches and tidy your climbing roses too. Then spray with lime sulphur which will get rid of the remaining leaves and reduce the disease and pest problems for the coming summer. (Make sure you clear away all the prunings and be careful not to spray evergreen plants in the vicinity of your roses.)

 

 

 

 

Contributed by Ann Davis of Reikorangi at Annies Gardens

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