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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 13:23

Still waiting for some rain here GWRS - I have slug nematodes to water on and the ground is very dry.  I'll carry on outside for now - plenty to do at this time of the year!

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 13:18

I love magnolias!

Here's a bud on a tree peony which isn't very hardy it seems as it has had to regrow from the roots for the last 10 years and consequently has never flowered.  Because of the mild winter it has a few buds this year - the suspense is killing me!

Using shredded ivy

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:45

Personally, I do compost shredded ivy but I'm lucky in that my shredder cuts things very finely and my compost bins get pretty hot.


Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:42

Personally I remove them and shake the old heads over where I want more to grow.  They germinate best from green seeds rather than dried brown ones.

What is eating my actinidia kolomitia

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:38

Hi Richard, you posted while I was typing!  You can get a soil drench called 'vine weevil killer 2' if still available which will kill any larvae present and provado should kill the adults (but crushing them is much more satifying!) There are also nematodes for an environmentally friendly approach.

What is eating my actinidia kolomitia

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:36

Is it in a pot, Richard?  If so, have a look underneath to see if you can find any.  They are mainly nocturnal and hide under pots and in leaf litter during the day so it might be worth a midnight visit with a torch.

The larvae are the most damaging as they eat the roots and you generally only discover them when the top growth dies, but they are generally only a problem in potted plants.

Having said that, kiwi fruit have very vigorous roots and are fast growing plants so will not likely be unduly affected unless they are very young and not in the ground.

Spreading weed type plant help identify please

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:13

Does it have white berries on in autumn?  If so, it could be symphoricarpos albus (snowberry) which spreads by suckering roots.  Digging it out, roots and all is probably the best option if it's that.

Ugly dumping ground

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:07

How about using the bricks you are digging up to build a low wall around that centre section with the sand, effecively giving you a raised bed?  Add a good 6 inch layer of well-rotted manure and dig it in and you would be able to grow almost anything you like there.  A low brick wall would help define the area.

You've already made a massive improvement so well done!

What is eating my actinidia kolomitia

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:59

Could be adult vine weevils.

Unidentified Shrub/Weed

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:38

It's an ash tree sapling and needs removing as soon as possible or it will be very difficult to get out as they have strong roots.  I have to remove dozens of them every year.

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