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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 08:43

They did not survive the first  of the really cold winters here, even against a south facing wall. But, they did and multiplied in my parent's Somerset garden.

They need to be planted so that the shoulders of the bulbs are just out of the ground so they are a bit prone to frost damage if your garden is really cold.

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 21:12

Belt and braces, belt and braces.

It is classed as one of the most perncious of weeds, all over the world now. It is one of the few which can and does survive the extreme heat of the professional composting regime. We have had seeds germinate in brand new non-peat compost and sadly in a peat based one too.

Unusual bush in my garden

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 14:39

Picture would help, but check out Paeony lutea

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 13:12

We find that in the days btween spraying and the plant dying it can and does go from bud to flower to seed.

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 10:31

Weedkilller does not destroy the seeds though,

Talkback: Fruit and vegetables - storing apples

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 12:16

Wrapping apples is ok if you have only a few to store. Try wrapping 600 pounds of them.

The temperature for storage is a bit hard to quantify, our apple store is frost free. Too much warmth just mans that they ripen up and need to be used.

 

 

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:12

Hi Bob, yes that's the one.

As far as I can see the one sold by Lidl every now and then is a good as any. I used to have one of those Paraffin ones, but it never worked properly for me so I swapped it for a gas powered one. I have a gas powered painf stripper which is just as effective, but you have to go down on your knees to use it.

 

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:04

There is a trick to using the Flame gun. You go back the following day and do it again. That seems to finish them off better than a single pass. I find it useful for killing the seeds, rather than the plants themselves. We have a lot of trouble with 'poppers' (cannot remember the proper name, but touch the plant and the seed pods explode). Using the flame gun rather than hand weeding does reduce the new infestations. It also is better in some ways than chemical control.

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 20:58

If possible you can do as I do and go over the plants with a Flame gun. This burns off the seed heads at this time of year, then as Verdun says,it is a question of spraying in Spring with a translocatable weedkiller. Long term job I am sorry to say.

Winter tree wash

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 10:30

If you look in the Insecticide selling area of any reasonable size Garden Centre, you will (usually) find Winter Oil Wash. It is a horticultural soap made from plants and reasonably organic. The instructions on the bottle are very specififc.

As for keeping the dreaded Wooly aphids under control, then it is best make up a solution and scrub the tree with it.

The aphids themselves have young which overwinter in cracks in the bark, so again spraying will help control them. They are not woolly like the adults so insecticides will work if it reaches their hiding places.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-Green-WINTER-TREE-WASH/dp/B0012XAU6I

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