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What plant

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 00:31

It might be a Camellia like "Winter's star".

killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 18:39

Glyphosate is inactivated and breaks down when it hits soil according to the manufacturers.  Are they telling untruths?

Grow Blueberries in Pots or Direct in Garden?

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 20:54

Yes, raised beds with ericaceous soil of some description is your best option.  You can use elemental sulphur if you want to aviod peat-based products.  Do not try to acidify your chalky ground soil - you will be completely wasting your time:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=82

 

killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 20:49
jo47 wrote (see)

and exposure to even low levels of glyphosphate impairs honey bee navigation.... (Balbuena et al. July. 2015).

Good to know.

So never spray plants while they are in flower.

Simples.

What's this plant

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 18:58

Have a look at Luma apiculata.

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:


 

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!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
Replies: 19    Views: 1242
Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

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! 
Replies: 16    Views: 927
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 854
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! 
Replies: 3    Views: 622
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 1006
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.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1388
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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