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Marestail

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:13

I took over a large garden plot for a lady who lost her husband some 4 years ago. The polt was completely overrun with marestail weed which is evil. The first year I double spit dug the whole plot and I took away 8 large wheelie bins full of it. The second year I did the same thing and had just over 5 wheelie bins. The third year I did the same thing and by this time there was considerably less of it but I still had 2 wheelie bins full. This year it is part of my normal weeding process and i have it under control.

What you mustn't do is to dig it over and leave any of it in the ground (the root goes very deep) and certainally don't ever rotovate it as that will increase it substantially. I do not like using chemicals but I think fidgetbones is right about the weede on your tarmac. Monty Don will tell you that it makes good compost but if you do that make sure its good and dead before you put it on the heap!

Hope this is helpful

Chrystlis

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:04

Thank you waterbutts. Spot on.

Chrystlis

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 17:11

Can anyone identify this Chrystlis for me please? Sorry about the photo quality

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Is any one growing marrows

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 10:51

Swiss Sue is right. I let two courgettes grow into marrows. They are absolutly delicious when stuffed and baked. Yummmmm

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Onions from Seed

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:14

Thank you so much appreciated

Onions from Seed

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 09:42

I have some onion sets which seem to be performing well. I have also grown some onions from seed. They are now about the size of small spring onions.

I need to know what to do with the seedlings next. I can't plant them as I do the sets so how should I plant them so that the final grown onion bulbs are about half way into the ground at the time I want to harvest them. I have grown them in pots and now need to transplant them? Any advice appreciated. 

 

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 09:35

Hi My solution is very simple and has proved to be effective. At between 2300 - 2330 every evening (especially if it has been a warm/wet day and the tempreature stays warm) I go out into the garden with a torch. The more powerful the better.

You will see slugs and slug trails which will enevitably lead you to the offender/s. Pick them up and and pop them into a container filled with heavily salted water. This will kill the slugs. Snails on the other hand need to be crushed. Don't know why but they seem to be able to survive for over two hours in salt water and in that time the slime their way up the side of the container and escape.

The following morning tip away the salt water and if you put the slugs in an area accessible then sometimes the birds/hedghogs will eat them. Good luck and good hunting. 

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 09:32

Hi My solution is very simple and has proved to be effective. At between 2300 - 2330 every evening (especially if it has been a warm/wet day and the tempreature stays warm) I go out into the garden with a torch. The more powerful the better.

You will see slugs and slug trails which will enevitably lead you to the offender/s. Pick them up and and pop them into a container filled with heavily salted water. This will kill the slugs. Snails on the other hand heed to be crushed. Don't know why but they seem to be able to survive for over two hours in salt water and in that time the slime their way up the side of the container and escape.

The following morning tip away the salt water and if you put the slugs in an area accessible then sometimes the birds will eat them. Good luck and good hunting. 

SPROUT PLANTS

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 11:54

Very kind thank you

SPROUT PLANTS

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 11:21

I have grown some sprouts from seed. The plants grew well but when the sprouts formed they didn't stay nice and tight but opened up like a flower. Is there any way I could have prevented this?

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Chrystlis

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Onions from Seed

Advice Please 
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