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ground elder

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 22:47

The only really effective treatment is to spray with glyphosate when it is growing strongly and then wait for it to die back completely which ensures the roots are killed too.  A few new growths might reappear which you would again treat in the same way.

However, if you don't want to use any chemicals at all then there is a solution:  Dig as much out as you can and then pull up every new growth you see immediately.  It may take years but you will eventually beat it that way as no plant can survive without leaves to feed the roots.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 21:17

Lovely, flumpy1!

Still plenty of dahlias going here together with some other long term flowerers:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/94690.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

Lleylandii hedge needles

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 21:08

As Alan says, they will be fine once composted.  They are only acidic while actually rotting down.  Once fully broken down in the heap, the compost will be neutral.  Mix them with 20-25% soft green stuff (eg grass clippings) to make the perfect ratio which will accelerate the composting process but the downside is that they may take up to a couple of years to rot down fully.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:55

I'm in a bit of a frost pocket primrose so they were pretty late going into the GH.  I bet you were eating yours a month before me though!

Just seen your post on the forkers thread FG - what magnificent views! 

Formatting a blank DVD

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:27

There are also two different types of re-writeable DVD discs, DVD-RW and DVD+RW:

http://www.cyberlink.com/support/product-faq-content.do?id=1416

If your video recorder only supports one of them and your blank discs are the other format, that might lead to this kind of error message.

Fun this technology stuff, isn't it!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:18

Planted all of the bare-root strawberries and harvested (almost) the last of the tomatoes:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/94681.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Formatting a blank DVD

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:10

Re-writeable DVDs do need to be formatted (it might be called 'erase disc' in a menu somewhere) if they've been used before.  This has to be done even on computers.

Why can't I buy leaf mold from garden centers?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 23:36
Tootsietim wrote (see)

A woodland garden in Norfolk used to sell small quantities of leaf mould.

I have often wondered what the councils do with the vast quantities of leaves that they collect each autumn. Many councils now compost household green waste so why not the leaves?

Around here, they do exactly what they should and make leaf mould which they use when planting up public planting areas.  I must admit to jealously eyeing-up their truck full of the stuff whenever I see them at work!  

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 22:08

Excellent, Steve.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 18:01

Planted about 40 cloves of garlic today and prepared containers for about the same number of strawberries which are going in tomorrow.  Dead-headed dahlias again - looks like they'll still be going at C*******s if this weather continues!  Picked a bucketful of Cox's Orange Pippin which are stunningly crisp, juicy & delicious this year.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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