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Weed suppressing membranes for allotment paths

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 08:37

i would advise the carpret route. No matter what you put down, you will always have a growing medium form on the surface. whether it is leaf mould, soil from the raised beds. Weeds will always germinate quickly. I use carpet, when it gets a bit too weedy, I just turn it over. Then replace after a few years.

unknown plant/weed

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 08:22

I bought a packet of Verbascum chiaxii alba seeds from a company on line, Can't remember the company, But most of the seeds germinated and turned out to chiaxii (yellow) a few were the white form i wanted. But unknown to me until they started to send up the flower stalk was no end of these figworts. They are attractive, but having such a large crown of leaves, i gave them to the OH for the peat bog. They have been doing very well this year.

Anyone used this mower

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 08:26

I have had a Hayter Harrier 56 for nigh on 12 years and between us we have done some miles, but now we are retired. My mower is getting old and nees replacing, but the new hayters have narrower openings on them, I am looking for one similar. Roller on back but with full opening at rear. Living in Wales, I need one that collects wet grass. Any ideas folks.

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 11:12

Lucky weejenny. I bought a load of seeds from secret seeds and nowt much hapopened, except for the Verbascum chiaxii alba I ordered, most were not the alba variety but the yellow, which was not as required, but there was also some figwort seeds, that looked very similar to verbascum when I planted them out. I am still trying to eradicate the figwort.

I used to spend loads of money on seeds and compost to grow them in, but it's not neccesarily the seeds quality. i have found that I can not get any compost these days that does not have weed seeds in, or is of very poor quality. I spent over £50 on seeds last autumn and out of all the seeds i have sown since getting the seeds i have had about 5% success. SO I plan to sterilise soil and go down that route.

Climber to cover large wall

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 09:30

Not knowing what time of day the pic was taken, but as it is shady, I can advise that I planted a bobby james rose along my workshop wall that is about 50' long,

bobby was along the wall around the corner and heading towards the fence on the other side of the field. I cut him back to 4' last year, and again he is nearly along to the end of the wall.  He is growing along with a Hydrangea petiolaris, which is much slower to cover an area, but of course that is self supporting. There are various Clematis that use Bobby as a frame to pull themselves up by.


Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 09:06

Hi Chris 2, Sorry I got carried away, you're quite right, my magellanicus behaves it's the glaucus that goes nuts. That's in a border in a bottomless pot and I never let the flower headws stay on for more than a week or two. 

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 11:01

i bought a plant that had lovely leaves, awful yellow flowers, but it became very invasive. SINACALIA...................... other plants I have that I have dug out clumps most years, are. Achillea 'the Pearl', Crocosmia lucifer, (which is allowed to stay in but in small clumps), also Elymus magellanicus, Kentucky blue grass. Carex Bronze Comans. Most of the hardy Geraniums especially Kaffir white. Persicaria firetail, and Southcombe white, Euphobia 'Fens Ruby',  Darmera peltiphyllum quickly became a thug, but it is in an area where it looks ok. Sasa 4' bamboo. Rosa Rugosa, I have to prune out sections monthly. Rosa Bobby James, from a cutting five years ago, it is not only over my 30' workshop wall and roof, but is also going up into an ash tree and would be off down the field if I let it. Verbascum Chiaxii self seeds everywhere. Echinops self seeds, but the worst offender is a Cirsium rivulare, I grew from seed, hoping it would be cerise, turned out to be an awful wishy washy lilac. That has spread everywhere. 


Is it a weed?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 07:34

I agree with Dovefa. It is a figwort. i had some in some Verbascum seeds I bought. I transplanted it to the peat bog and it is faring very well, that is to say it is spreading like the clappers.

Try again Stipa

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 07:32

In feb, I usually tease out all the dead stuff, Cut the flowering stems down low. I never cut this grass back.  I used to have to do it for a customer and it always looked a mess.


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 09:06

 My Callicarpas all had a tendency to sprawl but as they grew up so they stood more upright, but they are still very lax in their ways and quite open. 

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