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First butterfly of the year!

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 16:39

Brimstone and a Peacock butterfly for us too. and we are not in the South. They don't hang about while I come in for the camera though.

when do i use weed killer on lords n ladies ?plz

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 17:39

Last one is definitely Arum maculatum. One before that is Narcissus aka Daffodils. Before that, more Arum and before that could well be Dock. First one has some Arum in it as well.

There are weed killers which may be used on grass, however many of them contain amino-pyralids which are very persistent weed killers. They get into the grass and are digested by the horse (no apparent harm to the animal), but the stuff is still active in the droppings so you cannot use the horse manure as a fertiliser.

when do i use weed killer on lords n ladies ?plz

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 09:00

Arum maculatum is listed as being poisonous to horses.

when do i use weed killer on lords n ladies ?plz

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 20:43

Now, when the sun is shining. Add a little washing up liquid to the weed killer. It makes it stick to the leaves. Yes weed killer will kill grass and any other green plants too.

Knitting a hedge

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 20:48

Agreed. You could also make sure you include some Beech as it keeps its dead leaves until Spring. The hedges along our lane also include Gooseberries, very very prickly but productive. Much as I detest Roses, Rosa rugosa is a good hedging plant.

For a good thick hedge you would need to plant a double row, staggered. By that I mean that if you look straight down you would see a W shape where shrubs are planted at the points on the W.  Hope that is clear.

You would need to buy some very thick gloves when it comes time to prune the hedge. I am still trying to remove splinters from when I trimmed our hedge a month ago.

Does anyone grow bodi peas?

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 20:40

We grow Yard long beans, but they have to be started in heat and grown on in the poly tunnel to make sure we actually get a crop. So yes, if you can provide the heat they are possible. Delicious too!

Compost Heaps / Rats

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 17:33

Been using rat visited compost on our Veg patch for 21 years. We are still alive                ,just!

Knitting a hedge

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 17:27

Whoops, sorry I misread it as Blackthorn. Should not read these things with the wrong glasses (or after emptying full glasses).

Still say the same though, I would not use any thorned plant for a hedge unless it was to keep intruders out. We have 60 feet of Hawthorn hedge and it is a beggar to cut and remove the debris.

vine weevils?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 20:33

Vine weevil larva go from the stage you see in the compost to a white version of the adult. So if you see a bleached Vine weevil it is the pre-adult stage. They do not have a stage where they look like caterpillars.

Knitting a hedge

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 17:10

Quickthorn is a kind of Prunus and its fruit is Sloe. It is said to knit a hedge together because it grows quickly, suckers like mad and as it has thorns it grabs on the other shrubs in the mix. Personally I would not grow it in an urban situation because of its prickliness, unless you need an intruder proof barrier.

Same applies to Hawthorn and Pyracantha.

Any fast growing shrub will soon make a dense hedge.

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