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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 18:49

Worn out but not stopping until it gets dark!  Today I've repotted six sweet pepper plants which were overwintered, potted on lots of seedlings including echinops, malva, larkspur and lettuces.  Planted out a dozen overwintered young heucheras, potted on about 4 dozen sweet pepper and chilli plants and eight well rooted philadelphus 'virginal' cuttings I took last year.  Lots of weeding too. 

Best half barrel liner

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 14:06

I agree with using a trug type container.  It's direct sunlight (the UV content) which breaks down plastics but it should be fine inside a half-barrel - the wood would protect the outside and UV would be scattered by the water and absorbed by any plants in it.

Comfrey & Nettle liquid feed

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:54

I wouldn't use the roots as they may survive and get spread around - just cut the comfrey or nettles off at ground level.  It's exactly the same process for either.  You can harvest comfrey at least 3 times a year and it will grow back quickly if you just cut at ground level.


Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:49

Yes Larry, all plant toxins are destroyed during the composting process so the resulting compost is perfecty safe to use on your veg's.

Needing Garden privacy advice

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 12:41

Have a look at the house deeds if you own the house or check with the council otherwise.  Height and type of fence is usually specified.  If it isn't, you can erect a new one up to 6ft high.  Looking at the existing fences, the one on the left and at the back belong to you, the one on the right belongs to your neighbour (where the posts are on your side, that is generally your fence.)  On the fences which are your responsibility, you could also attach tall reed screening similar to this:

If you aren't allowed to erect anything like that, then tall shrubs or hedging is all you can do.

Indentify this plant please

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 11:31

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Indentify this plant please

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 11:30

It's a euphorbia and may be e. lathyris (aka caper spurge), especially if it has appered by itself.

Comfrey & Nettle liquid feed

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:58

Mick, put the leaves in a bucket or similar, add a brick to hold them down and add only enough water to submerge the leaves.  Cover the container and leave for about 2 weeks or so.  You can strain and bottle the resulting liquid which you dilute for use by adding enough water to make it look like weak tea (usually about 10 or 20 to 1 depending on the strength of the liquid, which varies in each batch.)  I always make new batches rather than topping-up the bucket with fresh leaves.  The stuff caught by the strainer goes on my blueberries as a mulch or the compost heap.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:48

Hi Daniel, I've noticed what looks like a bug connected to the timings of posts - have a look at this one for an example:

Invasive Plant taking over bed (and lawn)

By Gibsy

In Plants

I suspect the posting time may be being taken from the time when someone clicks Reply rather than when they actually submit their post?

Cheers, Bob

These caterpillars are kicking my garden's a*se.

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:38

Something like the large brown one was munching a couple of elephant garlic in my polytunnel last week.  They went onto the bird table so had a small chance of survival if quick enough!

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