BobTheGardener


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Killing Weeds

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:01

I suspect he meant sodium chlorate (sodium chloride is common salt.)  It was banned for garden use by the government in 2010.  Roundup works fine but use it in the spring when weeds start growing strongly and it will kill them right back to the roots.  Don't pull the weeds up until they are completely dead or the roots won't be killed.

Disturbing a newly planted Peony

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 22:52

I assume it's to protect against frost losgood.  To help with that you could put a couple of inches of compost or bark chippings over the top during the coldest part of winter which will protect the roots from freezing then carefully remove it once the hardest frosts have passed.

Disturbing a newly planted Peony

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 22:31

It won't have grown any roots in such a short period so you should be ok to dig it up and replant it.  Do as Nut says and replant it with the eyes facing upwards and no more than an inch below the surface.  They usually refuse to flower if planted too deep.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 21:56

Had an overgrown (10m long x 3m high & 1.5m thick) privet (well, privet, ivy, ash saplings and elder) hedge in the front garden removed and roots ground out today so have a new project.  Will probably build my own trellis to ensure strength rather than put up a fence and intend to replant with a mixture of more interesting shrubs and a few climbers.


I was getting too old to be balancing on step ladders while leaning over with the electric hedge trimmer and absolutely hated the job hence the hedge getting out of control (neighbour away for 9 months of the year so had to do their side too!)  Garden now looks 25% bigger and all of it will get full sun now.


20 x 50l bags of FYM on order to replenish the soil and currently poring over plant catalogues as I write.

Can Japanese plums survive UK winters?

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 15:47

Hi Glen, I have a very productive one called 'Lizzie' which does great in Leicestershire.  It is absolutely covered in blossom in spring and crops at the end of July.  I usually have to thin the crop otherwise the weight breaks off branches.

Mulching

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:17

Privet Hedge

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:16

Because they are young plants, it might just be the time of the year.  Privet often doesn't become fully evergreen until it is well established and a few years old.  A photo might help too, if you can post one?

Mulching

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:04

Bark will take years to break down and doesn't add any nutrient value to the soil.  I would use pre-bagged well rotted farmyard manure.  This will add a huge amount of nutrients to your soil and breaks down very easily - the worms will do that for you.

Hedge recommendations

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:47

Yew is reportedly immune to HF and would make a very dense evergreen hedge if you want to retain that aspect GD.  It is rather slow growing though and I'm not sure how well it would do in your Guernsey climate.  BTW, the link above is from your own government site so should be particularly relevant. 

Hedge recommendations

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:16

There is another useful list in this Honey fungus factsheet (Adobe pdf):


http://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=4797&p=0

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