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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:

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:

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.

Bamboo poles preservation

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 14:51

I painted some with a good quality fence paint about 10 years ago.  The canes did last considerably longer (I still have some of those) but the bit in the ground still rotted so they just got shorter over time.

stock can i propagate ?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 12:01

Hi Aliesh, 'Pillow talk' is a Matthiola incana and is classified as a short-lived perennial, but is usually grown as a biennial now.  If will probably die after this year, but may struggle on for a while but will get leggier and leggier each year - that is normal.  As far as I know you can only propagate it from seed.  If you buy and sow seed now, the plants should flower next year.  If you save seed after it flowers this year, it will be 2 years before plants grown from those seeds will flower.

You can try what is suggested above though - nothing to lose!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 21:09

Here's a great pdf for selecting crab apples Patsy:


carrots and parsnips

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 20:34

Personally, I leave veg plots which have had manure added for a year before growing those two (part of my crop rotation plan) as they will fork if grown in it this season.  Brassicas or potatoes will love it though. 

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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