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Your garden: Pippa Greenwood gardening column: Help.

Q CAN I safely compost the leaves of my roses? They have been attacked by greenfly, blackspot, rust and mildew.

A ALTHOUGHa menace when on the plant, all these diseases and pests are not likely to survive the composting process. Make sure you rake them all up at regular intervals as they fall and then have a very thorough clean up in the autumn. At the same time check the stems over very carefully. Any which are very heavily coated in a white, powdery substance (powdery mildew disease), or showing signs of blackspot, should be pruned out either straight away or, failing this, in the spring.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2000
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