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identification

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 13:23

Yep!

identification

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 12:31

Looks like creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens) to me, a very invasive perennial weed.  Could be wrong though as I can't really see any stems.  Can you lift one and show a whole plant, roots and all?

 

I need a 360 degree manure guide!!

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 02:11

I think you are over-analysing it John.  It's simple - fresh manure needs to be composted for at least 3 months.  Once it no longer smells like dung but more like compost, then it is ready.  If left in the open, rain will eventually wash out the nutrients so 20 year old composted manure will be excellent if under cover (or in a very large pile outside - the nutrients will have been washed down to the lower layers) but pretty useless if it is in a small pile and has been rained on for all of that time.

'Blind' Daffodils

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 02:02

Don't tie the leaves OL as that interferes with their photosynthesis.  You need to let them grow completely naturally until they die down or they won't be able to do their job of building the bulb up for next year.  I know they can look untidy, but that's just how it is.

Boundary Ideas.

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 21:08

I'd go with the trellis idea, Jacob.  I had a similar problem with overlooking a tennis court as my garden is 18" higher than the courts, so I could see them playing which really removed any relaxation when I was in the garden (not to mention the loud grunts and shouting that tennis players seem to think is normal behaviour, but that's another story!)  I put in 10 foot posts (2 feet concreted in the ground) in the middle of every fence panel (so the trellis was completely self-supported) and made 6' long x 2' high trellis panels which fitted between the posts.  Even before they were covered in climbing plants they provided a significant increase in privacy.

Japanese beetle

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 20:35

It sounds like dreaded Vine weevil larvae.  Do they curl-up into a C shape?

Here are some images of Vine weevil grubs:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=vine+weevil+grubs&biw=1407&bih=767&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=FjsgVcDoDcLT7Aal2IGwCA&sqi=2&ved=0CDsQsAQ

If it is those, and because it it is an edible crop, your only safe choice is nematodes, which are safe to use on food crops.  Google "Nemasys Vine Weevil Killer".  When I get a bad infestation, I turn all of the soil out of the pots or containers onto a large sheet of weed membrane or tarpaulin and let the birds pick over it, and they have a feast!

Unfortunately, it is probably too late to save your plants but a dose of nematodes in all of your pots and containers will protect any new plants you grow.

 

Weed (?) identification - when they are seedlings

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 19:39

Here a couple of sites I had bookmaked which may help until you can get photos to us:

http://www.downgardenservices.org.uk/weedseedgs.htm

http://www.gardenwithoutdoors.org.uk/?q=weed_guide

Japanese beetle

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 19:34

Where are you Gillian, in the US?  Japanese beetle hasn't reached the shores of the UK in any significant numbers so most here won't have any experience with it.

Root rot

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 19:29

The chances are the weigela just didn't survive the transplant and died, after which the fungus took hold.  Waterlogging will kill most shrubs until they are well established, so that could have been the problem in a clay soil, especially as you mentioned sodden roots. By digging a hole in clay you can actually make things worse and create a sump into which the water from the surrounding clay will run.

Only a very, very few fungi attack living plants (Honey fugus being the most common.)  If you remove the stump, dig the area over well and add plenty of good stuff like well-rotted farmyard manure and home-made compost as well as a lot of grit, you should be able to plant just about anything.  The fungus isn't something to worry about.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 18:57

Carrots and parsnips sown in the raised beds, another 15 broad beans in small pots sown.  Fair bit of weeding - they're growing fast now!  Noticed my verbascums have finally germinated, as have the seeds from a Japanese quince fruit which I left on the plant all winter before sowing them a couple of weeks ago.

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