Berghill


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Garden sprayed with Weedol last year - can I plant in soil/use grass clippings

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 14:39

Sorry, but I still disagree. I would have no qualms at all about growing veg and eating it. And using the grass mowings in a compost heap.

Geums

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 14:30

I grow a few. The G. rivale types do better in damp soil. The chiloense types can take dryer conditions. Biggest problem is vine weevils grubs who love the roots.

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Garden sprayed with Weedol last year - can I plant in soil/use grass clippings

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 12:31

I cannot see why you cannot grow vegetables , If the grass has survived. With the amount of rain we have had this winter any chemicals will have been well and truly leached out.

Same with using the grass mowings in the compost heap. By the time you are ready to use the compost any problems will have long gone.

As for the veg taking up nasties from the soil, if that worries you then you should not eat any veg bought from any supermarket, ever or even from a Farmshop, unless it is sold as organic and even then possibly not.

Sanguisorba query

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 20:52

The stems of some of them are quite woody and persistent, but they are all true herbaceous perennials and so they do die down to resting buds in winter. Cut the dried stems back to the ground and look carefully at the base, ours are just beginning to break at ground level. Very slow though.

What/Where have all my snowdrops gone?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 07:50

No, definitely not. We cannot keep tulips here at all, the badgers dig them up and eat them. Squirrels too will take tulips.

Yellow balls in soil

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 20:13

Sorry, but Vine weevil eggs are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Osamocote does have a liquid centre when in damp soil.

This is a perennial question raised on more Gardening sites than almost any other question.

Now to really confuse folks the slow release stuff I have been adding to compost to day has balls of almost every colour in the rainbow.

Yellow balls in soil

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:13

Definitely slow release pellets. No pest in Britain has eggs of that size or colour. Mollusc eggs are clear or milky and all the other pests eggs are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

What/Where have all my snowdrops gone?

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 08:45

As I said, whilst vermin might dig under the bulbs, the bulbs themselves are poisonous. So any mouse which ate one would pretty soon die.

I would see if I could find a bulb and see if there was a Narcissus rootfly grub in it.

Blackcurrants are crawling!!!

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 15:26

Aphids which come in all colours including black. then they are called blackfly. Spray with something which kills them. Lots of choices of aphidicides

Help identifying apline plants

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 08:07

When was the image taken?

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