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Thinking ahead

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 14:06

I will make sure I have lots of flowers. I was so concerned to get a better handle on the big and overgrown garden that I left it too late to put any decent flowers in. I spent more of my time doing slash and burn than planting. Tidier is good though.

I had some little dianthus which were too small and too scattered to look impressive. I also put in trailing ivy leaved geraniums where I've put upright geraniums before. I put them in just before a three week absence over the hot season and they didn't get off to a very good start and always looked weedy. Big fat proper geraniums next year 


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 12:36

Oh boy that sounds good! I'm going to try it.


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 12:34

Ah, that's OK.  Our green bags are for council compost, that's where all my weeds go, as I don't know what's evil, and what's not.  Brown bin for food - I never use this as I compost veggie remains, and there's so little other stuff it would just make a slimy coating on the bottom of the bin. Green box for recyclable, black wheelie for rubbish.

Weed control

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 12:29

Goats? The people who used to own this house had two sheep to keep the grass down. Really! I think I'd rather work onthe weeds mysef than worry about what sheep are getting up to.

Currently we only have wild deer visitors who seem more interested in my roses (bad) and bindweed (excellent).

Weed control

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:48

Hmmmm, we have a lot of area under membrane and chippings (i.e. a lot of weeds). They are just on the surface, but it's a lot of work. Maybe weedkiller, then encouraging grass would be better.

David, what type of woodchips are you planning to use? Home chipped stuff, or purchased in a garden centre? We had a load of leylandii drastically trimmed and used that. Maybe bought stuff would be better, but I don't knwo what the difference is.


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:40

What's a brown bin? I need to start dealing with some marestail in my garden, and I would have just put it in a green waste bag for the council. I don't want to spread it by putting it in the wrong place. I put russian vine (nasty stuff) in green bags too - will that cause problems?

Weed control

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:33

I'm a novice gardener. I put a load of mambrane down with conifer chippings on top about 18 months ago. Now I have extensive weed growth in the chippings. They are easy to pull out, but it's a pain. In places where the chippings got moved aside, the membrane disintegrated in the sun.

Others will be able to offer better advice but I can say that some membranes are better than others, we need to find a sun resistant one. Also (our garden is steeply sloping too), the chippings may just slide into a heap at the bottom of the slope.

I'd be very interested to hear what others have to say as I need to do something with a large patch of steeply sloping ground, and was just wondering about planting fruit trees and giving the ground under them the odd strim to deter (currently prolific) weeds. How do you encourage grass rather than weeds? Would membrane/woodchip be better. I've been using a lot of glyphosate to get the area under control, but maybe that would damage trees.


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:15

This year I'm growing Tumbler and Tumbling Tiger - both of which are taking an age to ripen. Both taste nice but are nothing to write home about. The Tiger though, looks amazing, plum shaped and red with green stripes.

I never heard of preserving tomatoes in oil. How do you do that?


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:09

Thanks Chicky!

This has given me more info on getting out my two conifers. I also like the idea of growing clematis up a dead tree. I have a dead leyland in a hedge (miserable things but can't face pulling them all out). If I can dig a hole big enough to accommodate a clematis (with a heap of decent compost and nutrients) it may hide the gap in the hedge and even look good.

The awful russian vine did well there (till I declared war), maybe a clematis will too. once it gets to the hedge it will have a serious amount of sunshine.


Replace conifers with fruit trees?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 07:54

Thank you all!  I didn't think of leaving a decent amount of stump to act as leverage. I imagined cutting it at the base. To be honest I didn't really know what was involved and wondered if you could get the roots out without a stump grinder (whatever that is). I'm going to print out the thread so I have all the advice to hand. There will be two of us, I'll be doing it with my husband.

The compost angle is covered. We inherited a largish compost heap when we bought the house a cuple of years ago - and it's in the wrong place. We'll use it up on the site of the conifers before we plant fruit trees. There's a nearby farm where we can get manure.

If we take out the conifers soon do you think we should plant fruit trees in the autumn or wait till after winter?

I'll take before, during and after pictures when we do it and post them.

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