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Talkback: Removing weeds

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 22:31

Glyphosate is inactivated on contact with the soil, and does not affect it in any way.

I would point out that Elizabeth was not advocating killing the weeds she mentioned, but living with them.

Clematis for Breakfast

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 21:05

It could be earwigs - they are partial to clematis flowers.

You can't eradicate them, but you can catch them in newspaper-stuffed pots inverted on a cane close to the plants. Earwigs will take shelter in these pots during the day and can be disposed of.

garden is just grass!!!!

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:44

You can also add gypsum to improve matters. This is sold commercially as "clay breaker", but found much more cheaply in a builders' yard as gypsum (plaster).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 13:57

Overcast here at the moment, but seems to be brightening up - I might get those plants planted yet. Still very chilly, though - feels more like March than May.

what should i do

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 12:56

Nothing stupid about the question at all.

I would plant as a single plug (unless they fall apart) and thin them later.

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 12:31

I'd leave it until after flowering, although I'm not sure how much difference it makes. No need to do anything special with the cut, just leave it as it is.

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:57

Provided that you have at least three or four left, it should be OK.

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:26

You can prune broom straight after flowering, but only cut back the flowered stems by half. You're right, they don't like hard pruning.

We've found the nest thief

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:10

Or a sonic cat scarer - I use them, and they are very effective. They are battery operated and emit a high-pitched sound that you can't hear but the cat can when they detect motion. You will find them in larger garden centres looking something like this:

Talkback: Peach leaf curl

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 17:56

Pete, yes, Bordeaux mixture should be sprayed three times, just before the leaves drop, in mid January and early February. In the meantime, gather all infected leaves and burn them. If you do any pruning, sterilize the secateurs between each cut or you will just spread the disease.

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