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war-with-the-garden

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 09:56

No to rotovator while weeds are alive. It will chop up roots which will grow into more weeds. I would do as Verdun says and spray with Glyphosate. Then when weeds are well dead (may need spraying twice for persitant perennial weeds) it depends how much energy you have and how big the area is. If you can manage it then dig and rake etc, but if it's too much then rotovate and rake etc.

No salt.

plants-for-containers-in-deep-shade

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 09:50

Violas would germinate in shade, mine are germinating in flower beds at the moment from last years plants' seeds. I'm potting them up for this winter's big pots.

Busy-Lizzie's are half-hardy annuals. You sow them in a heated propogater or on a warm window sill indoors in early spring then pot them on then plant out after danger from frost is past, late May. I buy plug plants mail order. There has been a problem with buying them from garden centres in England because of a fungal disease. I live in France and haven't had this disease. But they are among the most colourful plants that will grow in total shade.

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 09:43

Morning all.

Chicky, I'm reading a Kate Moreton at the moment, the Secret Keeper. Was going to read 50 Shades after it, sounds as though it will be a let down.

Must go and muck out the horses summer shelter before farmer delivers big bale of hay into it. My idea was horses' cafeteria, but horses think it's a loo!

reviews

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 22:40

It has been asked, it's been like it for several months now. I always wonder who it is who writes the reviews.

whats-best-to-plant

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 17:48

Depends if it's sun or shade, acid or alkali soil, heavy or light, moist or dry! Also your own personal taste and what's available in the garden centre.

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 17:46

Don't like violence and serial killers. Like a nice gentle romance. Like Joanna Trollope and Maeve Binchy and Libby Purves.

red-currant--spikey-caterpillars-

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 09:52

You say spikey bird poos, gooseberry saw fly caterpillars aren't spikey. Peacock butterfly caterpillars are spikey and black and white.

plants-for-containers-in-deep-shade

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 09:42

I have a clematis Perle d'Azur in shade. They grow it on a north wall in Sissinghurst garden. I also have Lonicera Henryi, but it's still quite young. I grow Busy-Lizzies and violas in my shady pots, and for perennials I have a purple Heuchera, London Pride and a Hosta.

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 09:39

Morning all. Up late, slept badly. Wanted to weed round the sundial before it got too hot, it's in full sun. Gardening this morning, housework this afternoon, don't feel like any of it, want to read "50 Shades of Grey" that daughter has lent me. Bursting with curiosity after all the publicity.

can-any-one-please-identify-these-flowers

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 22:57

1. Knautia macedonica

2. Hollyhock

3. Rudbeckia ? laciniata

Cut them all back when they've finished flowering. If you cut the knautia to half it's height it may grow back and make some more flowers.

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