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vinegar on weeds

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 11:49

Lesley K

The vinegar worked really well on horsetail in the cracks between paving, I was quite surprised, however I have not tried it on large established patches which will probably be more robust.

I am in fact just off now to remove the horsetail spore heads from my poly-tunnel - and so it begins again!

vinegar on weeds

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 11:08

Japanese Knotweed is from the rhubarb family, I wonder if that would also work?

I will give it a go - a great use for the stuff & we have no shortage here!

P.S. Just as a matter of interested knotweed tastes just like rhubarb and you can harvest the young shoots as they come up, once over 8-9" they become tough so you do need to harvest young.

Heron deterants

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:08

Thanks all.

I have spotted a spiders web style surface barrier which the heron in theory can not stand on as it sinks or peck through so will give it go.


So far a bog standard garden net is doing the trick and the Heron is sulky as he can not get through, but once the landscaping is complete something a little more attractive is in order.

vinegar on weeds

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:05

Not offended Edd, however as Steve points out household bleach is not as simple as it sounds, not many things are.

And given a choice between vinegar and bleach I prefer something that I don't mind putting on my chips!

I am sure that soil microorganisms are not too fond of vinegar either, however we are talking small doses directed mainly to the foliage of the weed so I expect the balance is not affected.




vinegar on weeds

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:28

I really don't know, but would be glad to be told!

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:00

Make our own I guess, but coming up with sufficient 'loam' has put me off so far, also it will be full of weed seeds.

I only use bought compost for sowing seeds and things in pots, I hope to try my hand at making usable potting compost once I have sufficient leaf mold - a hot compost bin will hopefully deal with the seed problem,

Time will tell!

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 16:27

Very interesting.


If this is all correct, then the trick is making sure your manufacturer is using the peat from the sustainable sources.

Though I do wonder, if we use our own and then have to import, how sustainable is that!

Also if a ban is coming, we will need to find adequate peat free alternatives anyway.

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:36

I am trying Lidl's peat free compost at £1.50 per 25l it is very cheap.

Takes a bit of getting used to, it is packed as a solid 'brick' inside it's bag, so the first job is to break it down thoroughly, by which time it is twice the volume.

It does have quite a lot of large fibrous matter, however unlike the coir based it keeps it's moisture very well (though the top dries out so you need to stick you finger in to check you really do need to water.

So far only my tomato seedlings have spent any time in the compost & I have to say so far they are best I've grown, moving along at quite an astonishing pace.

I have always drifted back to peat based despite my best intentions because the peat frees have always been so disappointing, however I am cautiously optimistic with this one and can definitely recommend giving it at try, and for £1.50 its worth a go. However please do remember it is a different beast to the lovely soft peat compost we all so love, so persevere.


Heron deterants

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:25

Does anyone out there have a heron deterrent system that is working!

I really don't want to have the pond netted and the electric fence is equally unattractive!

However the monsters are prowling and it wont be long before they start taking fish if we do not protect them.

vinegar on weeds

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:22

Works a treat and I don't use expensive white wine vinegar - malt vinegar does the trick for a fraction of the cost!

If your using it around your precious veg make sure they don't get a dose or you'll lose them aswell.

The vinegar will break down harmlessly - if we can eat it it can't be too harmful, unlike bleach & WD40!



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