BobTheGardener


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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 15:03

Spent half of yesterday and all of today so far ripping out everything in the front half of my front garden, which is one large raised bed.  I thought I'd done the hard bit in removing a 20 year old yucca which I grew from seed but has gone past its best.  The 'heart' was huge but discovered it sliced up rather easily with a sharp spade and later an axe for feeding into the shredder (the leaves are a different kettle of fish though and seem designed to be the perfect shredder-jammer-upper!)


However, the yucca wasn't the worst problem.  Couch grass has sneakily infested the whole area and the roots have been an absolute bu**er to remove.  That also means removing and isolating the few plants  I want to keep (a couple of hardy geraniums including Rozanne and a rather nice Japanese quince) in pots for a few months to ensure no couch grass came in entwined around their roots.  Back out for another shift after finishing this cuppa!

Corn on the Cob

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 13:37

Best picked and plunged straight into boiling water.  As soon as you pick them, the sugars start turning into starch and so the cobs become less sweet.  If you can't eat them all before they go over, they do freeze extremely well.  I had a huge crop several years ago and froze the majority which still tasted great 6 months later.


How to tell when ripe:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHPSntkdpkY

Neglected hawthorne hedge - worth saving?

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 13:32

You could try 'laying' it, which is what farmers do to make hedges livestock-proof.  This will also encourage vigorous new growth:


http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/woodland-activities/how-to-lay-a-hedge/


You could perhaps try that and also plant some whips in the gaps to fill it out until nature takes its course.  It might be worth looking for a local hedge laying expert though as I suspect the way they are leaning will make laying it a bit tricky.

Horse Chestnut

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 11:15

Yes, I've been keeping an eye on horse chestnut trees along my route to work for the last few years and every single one has the leaf miner and look terrible at this time of the year.  I too suspect they must eventually weaken the trees.

Deformed carrots

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 11:10

All I can suggest is that a soil-borne pest nibbled them while small and they then grew around the damage once the pest disappeared.  Unfortunately, I have no idea what the pest could be but as it seemed to disappear before destroying your carrots completely, would suggest the larvae of some kind of seasonal fly but I'm not sure about the wildlife in Montana.  Not carrot fly as damage caused by those is quite different.

FORSYTHIA

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:34

I don't like the 'trimmed bush' look on forsythias, so I cut mine right back to the ground every few years.  They then sprout long arching stems which flower the year after and look much more natural.  Those are trimmed back after flowering and look good for about 3-4 years when I start again.  I've never managed to kill one, even though I often secretly hope that the big 5 year massacre might finish one off!

Ivy and brambles takeover!

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:16

Pete, just to say you have done a fantastic job there!

How do I get rid of the white powder please?

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 15:59

Mildew won't infect the tuber Aym, so it will be ok whne dried off for the winter and planted next year.

How to winter store Peruvian Daffodils

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 14:43

I assumed they were planted in the ground but if they are in pots then I would do as fidgetbones says.

Acer Bloodgood dying by degrees

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 14:38

I agree with H-C - it probabably won't recover and even if it does it will be misshapen now.  When you remove it, check the drainage hole(s) in the big pot.  Tree roots sometimes grow through them and block them, leading to water sitting at the bottom of the pot which causes the roots to start rotting, leading to symptoms similar to those you describe.  You can help prevent that by drilling more holes if there is only one or putting a layer of gravel etc in the bottom and covering with a piece of weed membrane, in the case that drilling might break the pot.  It also helps if you stand the pot on some stones or bricks etc, to keep the bottom clear of the ground below.

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