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Ground Elder ... again

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 18:41

You really need to wait until the foliage has died down completely (ie when it is all brown and crispy.)  If you remove the leaves and stems before that happens there is a good chance the glyphosate won't have translocated to the roots and it could come back with a vengeance.  Assuming you do wait, I think your plan will work and you can spot-treat any reappearing ground elder.  As long as you didn't spray the snowdrops and bluebells they should come back even with a raised ground level as both bulbs are capable of coping with that.  If planted too deep the flower stems swell at a point nearer the surface and these swellings become the new bulb.

What is the name of this plant?

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 12:46

They are both euphorbias, the red one being E. griffithii 'Fireglow' I think.

Used Thick black plastic for weed control

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 12:37

Black plastic works by excluding all light which weeds can't grow without.  Once down, weeds will simply die and rot away.  All you really need to do is remove any woody weeds like bramble to prevent them piercing the plastic and find a way to hold the plastic down so the wind doesn't get under and lift it.  You can use bricks and bury the edges of the sheet, for example.  No need to use weedkiller.

How is my Chinese wisteria growing?

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 12:31

My wisteria are only just starting to produce leaves (flowers come first, once they are old enough to flower.)  Yours looks fine and, as it is newly planted, will be concentrating on growing roots for the next couple of years.  After that you can expect some rapid growth to take place.


Posted: 06/05/2017 at 12:06

You can buy the corrugated sheets from any builders merchant (eg wickes.)  There are several ways to keep them in place from using metal hoops over them to just placing 2 lines of stakes/canes and bending the sheets between them and tying string to the stakes each side over the top to hold them in place.  Some google images to give you ideas:

Plum Tree Problems

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 11:50

I would also tickle a bit of blood, fish and bone into the surface of the soil at the base to give the tree a good general feed which may help it recover, Craig.

Are my broccoli seedlings ok?

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 11:03

I agree, no hope for those.  There is a possibility that your homemade compost is a bit acidic which the tomatoes won't mind but the brassicas will hate.  I would sow the next batch in a commercial compost, most of which contain a bit of lime.  This would also eliminate any possibility of disease affecting the seedlings.  When happy, brassica seedlings are strong and fast growers.

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Plum Tree Problems

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 10:56

One possibility is that it has "Silver leaf", a fungal disease which usually enters by pruning at the wrong time.  Is there any possibility that the tree has been pruned between Autumn and Spring in the past?  Plums should only be pruned during the Summer to prevent infection.

The only other thing I can think of is that a "weed 'n' feed" product has been used on the lawn which won't have done the tree any good.  Lawns with trees in should still be fed but not with products containing weedkillers.

Monkey puzzle

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 10:46

I agree with Dove (as usual )  They are slow growers though and don't cause much shade so I suggest leaving it until it gets too big for your liking and then simply felling it and planting something else.  They do make a great 'statement' tree in the middle of a large lawn.

no life

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 22:01

The best possible thing to use is use well rotted farmyard or horse manure.  The worms will soon move in and the cycle of life will restart.  Put down at least a 4 inch layer (ideally 6" this first time) and I would dig in this first batch.  After that put down a 4" layer on the top of the soil this autumn and let the worms do the rest.  I would wait until next spring before doing any serious planting or laying the lawn.  You could grow things in pots (even shrubs and small trees) until then to brighten the garden up which has the advantage that you can move things around to see what layout you like best.

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