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I am pleased to have found the seeds for Malva Moschata
Alba in Thompson and Morgan’s catalogue.
The name has been changed.
They are on page 154 TXO7665 Malva ‘Snow White.’
H/A 99p a packet.
I have included them in my order for Salad Leaf seeds
which will grow in the winter in trays in my greenhouse and
on the bench. That page is well worth checking over carefully. Something partly disabled people can do.
Well worth the £1.95 p&p.

When I had my allotment I used to sit in my chair until late on a warm summer’s evening watching the sun go down
past the horizon. As soon as it had popped over the edge
the Hover Flies used to swoop in to feed on the Malva flowers and the White Cabbage Butterfly larvae on my
Brassica leaves. They were clean all summer without the use of sprays. Until the second week in September when the night temperature dropped. I only had to use sprays for that 2 weeks until winter. Well worth the effort of growing the plants. May help other members with problems.

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Diane do you remember sending me a plant of it some years ago? I still have it plus a self sown one and for a couple of years I didn't have any trouble from caterpillars - the butterflies flew around but didn't seem to want to land on the brassicas. This year it didn't work for some reason but I'm not giving up! I think it might have been because the Malvas didn't flower very well.

29 Oct, 2017


Amazing Stera ! I had completely forgotten.
The thought is that many new Goyers would not know
(particularly if they are resident abroad) and be out there next summer brandishing the chemical sprays when for
99 p + p &p they could rest on their laurels or their bench if more comfortable.
I am getting mentally affected by Valentine Low's large print 'One man and his dig' which I am enjoying. Mostly because although I know it all, its interesting how someone else views all the difficulties one encounters on the sacred plot. He has a wealth of West Indian neighbours all with different ways of doing things - mostly with a machete.

29 Oct, 2017


I used to have a book called "Companion Planting" (I think) and there were some fascinating facts there. We don't grow vegetables, sadly, but if we did I'd be Googling for info about this book or a similar one.

30 Oct, 2017


Thank you Diane. What a lovely memory of your allotment and sitting out late enjoying your hard work.

31 Oct, 2017

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