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weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 12:40

The only problem I have ever heard of regarding weedkiller, was when Horse manure had been contaminated with Aminopyralid weedkiller. People who had this problem are still suffering from it 4 years later, but that was not in peat free composts.

I use  Vital Earth mainly because it comes from nearby so the road miles are not too bad. Never had any trouble with getting stuff to grow.

I would add that one has to remember that the peat free stuff is made from whatever people put in their green waste bins and that could well include plant material which has been treated with weedkiller. However the manufacturers of this material all claim that the heat and other treatments they give their product remove things like that and any other pathogens. Pity the treatment does not remove Oxalis cornuta seeds though.

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 21:35

I think the worse thing is looking at a Nursery stall at a Plant Hunter's Fair and seeing things on sale for staggering prices, that I have just spent hours digging up and composting since they are such thugs. I mean Sorbaria Sem or Hieracium maculatum or Anemone japonica or Geranium Roxanne and indeed all its brothers and sisters. I could add a few dozen more to the list too.

HELP Please! Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 17:35

There were three separate ones here when we moved in, right along the line of the main sewer pipe.  We werevery lucky and managed to get rid of them all, even the one which had split the pipe and was busy filling it with root. Another one of those plant at your peril things.

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 17:32

It sure am. And even if you buy the lovely white form it soon dies off and you end up with the red one...........................everywhere.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 21:20

I have a piece of slate which sits on the concrete lawn edging near the most susceptible lilies, they crush very nicley.

Have to say that most of the damage to my lilies so far this year has been from molluscs.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 08:18

To go and infest someone else's Lilies! Sorry but if they were a native pest then maybe I would leave them alone and suffer, but since they are an alien invader (like Japanese Knotweed and Policeman's Helmet (Balsam)) they have to be dealt with appropriately.

My Leopard Lily has flowered

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 17:49

Trouble is there are a few plants with the name Leopard lily, which one is yours?

Nightmare - keeping a greenhouse base level!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 17:46

Squareness is easy to measure. Measure (string will do) from one corner to the opposite corner (diagonal) and then do the same for the other diagonal. If the base is square or in your case rectangular then the diagonals have to be equal.

What to do

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:13

If you go to the Home page of here and then Click on the phrase 'See all problem solving pages' Then scroll down there is a pictue with the word Weeds underneath, Click on that and you will find all the info you need on Ground Elder.

wild rhubarb

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:08

Hogweed comes in a red stemmed version which could look like Rhubarb. Mind there is an easy way to tell, pull a stalk and smell it, nothing but Rhubabrb smells like Rhubarb.

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