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Greenhouse dismantle and manual

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:59

Also never remove the glass from inside the greenhouse as it becomes very brittle over time (assuming horticultural glass) and the shards are lethal.  If you make sure no part of your body (or anyone elses!) is underneath a pane of glass when you remove it, you should be fine.  Try and transport it upright (say, stacked side by side in a strong cardboard or preferably wooden box) as several usually crack when stacked flat in the back of a car by the time you get home (experience speaking here!)

Something is very hungry. And very fussy

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:49

Pyrethrum (extracted from chrysanthemum species) is considered an organic control which is effective against flea beetles (or whatever they are.)  It has been used for centuries as a natural insecticide.

(Yet another) plant ID

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 14:14

No, glyphosate is absorbed into the leaves and is inactivated on contact with the ground so won't affect the roses or geraniums.  You must avoid spraying their leaves though!  As that might be tricky in some places you can paint the glyphosate onto the ground elder leaves with a paintbrush instead.

Does this look like excess nitrogen?

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 14:09

Oh well, you tried your best!  Maybe it did get a disease.  Sometimes plants just die for seemingly no good reason.

(Yet another) plant ID

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 14:06

Ground Elder and the only way to get rid of it is to use glyphosate, a systemic herbicide.  Once sprayed, leave it until the leaves have completely died before removing them, so the weedkiller is absorbed into the roots.  It will come back but weaker - treat the regrowth the same was and you will eventually be rid of it.  Don't try and dig the roots out as that is virtually impossible and any broken bits of root will grow into a new plant!

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 13:56

Or even cut the whole thing down to the ground.  It will almost certainly send up new shoots and will take up to 10 years to get that large again.

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 13:50

Certainly would, Dove!

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 13:27

Looks like a Yucca but may be a cordyline or phormium.  No matter which, maintenance is easy - none!  Well, you should to remove dead leaves from the bottom.

Unfortunately there is no way to control their size other than by removal and replacement.  If you trim the leaves shorter they will look awful and slowly die back from the point where you cut the tips off, so avoid that at all costs.

Sometimes they throw off side shoots or suckers appear close to the base and these can be rooted and used to replace the mother plant when it is removed.

No Strawvberries this year

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 11:01

Agree - if runners have good roots and are planted before about September then they will usually give a small crop following June but if planted much later you usually need to wait a year.

Aluminium greenhouse with asbestos panels - restoration job!

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:53

Sorry, didn't check the delivery charge Bob.  I used them when I built my conservatory so had a large amount of stuff.  I just typed 4mm twinwall into and lots popped-up there with reasonable delivery charges, so if you can't find it locally try there.

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