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getting rid of ground elder

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 19:26

wow, so bramble killer works?  That is good news, though at the moment there are so many things growing alonside of the ground elder that I feel I can't do that now - but certainly something to remember. 

I do agree that bramble and bindweed worse, there was someone on here who had a way of training the bindweed up canes then covering with a plastic bottle and spraying hard with weedkiller - seemed to work.  So far - very little of that and still hand removable, tho' not always maybe.   Where do brambles come from when there is nothing related to them growing hereabouts? Suppose they same way as all self seeded things, birds and mice etc.


Posted: 18/05/2013 at 18:09

Indded, the picture was a little unclear for my old eyes, but I still reckon it is kerria!!



Posted: 18/05/2013 at 18:07

Can't you leave them in situ, the flowers can come off and the bigger outer leaves, your bedding will grow around them, and then next spring you will have beautiful new polyanthus to enjoy then.   Some of mine have been in the garden for years, and just get better and better, they are no problem when other flowers are out, their leaves are innoffensive and quiet, not detracting from anything else. 

Help to find Narrow Weeding Hoe.

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 18:04

An onion hoe is great for between tightly packed plants, I use one with a short handle, but can see no reason why you should not put a longer one on it.

Rhubarb and climber

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 18:03

Oh, I was quite disappointed when I read the original post title - I thought maybe Loz had a huge rhubarb she could grow a climber up!!  However, it seems not - seemed a good idea - imagine the rhubarb crumbles!!   I think indeed it may have been overcropped last year, and thinks it had better set seed before it dies - it will not die if you remove the seed head as the others have said, and leave it alone for a while.  

Regarding the climber, how much space do you need to cover?  Some of the bigger clematis montana are wonderful for that if there is the space, but they do get very, very large and heavy - we have 3 and they are about to flower, given a few hours sun - please!  Climbing hydrangea is good too, needs help, it won't self cling to start with, but it a lovely plant.  Some of the more vigourous climbing roses are good too - but much depends upon the area to cover and the angle - south, north or whatever. 

Yew tree

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:55

Yew are very forgiving, and are one of the only conifers which grow bak from cutting into brown wood - go for it.  I usually have to do mine at the 'wrong' time as it can overgrow a path the kiddiwinkles go along on their way to school, and so it needs to be cut back away from them any time from now to June - it always smiles and gets on with it. 

Phlox seedings fallen over

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:53

It's been very dark and cool, so many seedlings have got aall and leggy, and they will do this when repotted.  Half my greenhouse looks like this from time to time - well, half the contents do,  rather than the greenhouse itself!!  Anyway,  you coud just give them time and patience, pinch out the tips if possible, or resow.  I'd be inclined to just go with it, once they get more light they will go upwards, even if with a kink in the stem. 

Moving delphiniums at the wrong time

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:50

Quite honestly I'd give them a good long chance to make it - plants really want to grow and if they possibly can they will.  Provided the root loss was not too huge they shoud do well.  Ideally you should remove their  flower heads, I know this sounds dreadful, especially in the case of delphiniums, but it is alot to expect of any plant to  heal broken roots, make new roots and flower  all at the same time.  If you can bear to sacrifice the flowers for the next batch, they will stand a better chance of recovery. 

getting rid of ground elder

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:47

Yea, and when pigs fly the price of bacon wll rise!! Sorry, but really, if only it were that easy.  It is possible that some plants will over run it and reduce its strength, though I've never in all the years come across one.  Many people are absolutely plagued with ground elder and the only way to get rid of it is to dig, dig, dig and then dig again, removing each tiny bit of root because each broken bit will yield a new plant.  You can weaken it with constant mowing or choppige, glyphosphate will reduce it, keeping it in the dark (under carpet or black plastic)  just slows it for a while - really hard graft is all that does it.  Having said all that, I have it, and quite honestly it is a weed I'd rather have than some, say mares tail, docks and so on.  It can be cut down, if you never let it flower it slows the spread. It disappears in winter and quite honestly, with other plants growing through it, it rally is not that offensive IMHO. 

My first plant - fruiting grapevine

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:41

At this stage, move it where and when you like - even later, it is surprising how forgiving plants are when you ask them!! That vine will come to no harm. very early in its life and in the season.

Maybe a little patch of garden for your boy so he can learn to appreciate what you are doing and enjoy gardening?  They take to it remarkably early if given the chance. 

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