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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 18:06

Just seen a Hoopoe!

Forum notifications - please take part!

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 15:09

1 - 2 or 3 notifications in the last couple of days.

2 - I did receive notifications but they have almost stopped since the re-design.

3 - I would like to receive them..

4 - My email provider is Hotmail.

5 - I have checked my junk folder, notifications are absent.

Weed/plant identifcation

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 14:55

Lovely garden.

I recently found an escholtzia growing out of a wall in my garden, it definitely wasn't there a few weeks ago! Photo today.

ID please

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:45

Another plant I'd wondered about is Lysimachia Firecracker.

How often do you water the garden?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:31

Of course, in winter I don't water and in spring and autumn it depends on the rainfall.

How often do you water the garden?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:30

A lot depends on where you live, the SW gets more rainfall than the East. Also the sort of plants you have and the type of soil, whether it's well drained or holds onto water.

I live in SW France where it can get very hot and dry, so I water flower beds every week or two and the vegetable garden, which is well drained, shallow soil on rock, every 2 - 3 days. I water the plants in pots every other day in summer I always give a good soak, little and often means the water doesn't get down to the roots. I have soaker hoses in the long thin flower beds and I use a sprinkler for the others.

Sometimes there is a water ban, but just here I'm lucky. I ring the local water board and there is usually plenty because of the rocks, caves and underground rivers.

French beans

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:16

They need to be warm to germinate.

ID please :-)

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:14

Well done sanjy!

Note of advice, the cinquefoil has a deep black root, get it all out, it sends off runners and gets everywhere if not kept under control.

Viginia creeper

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:09

You can't! The previous owners of my house planted it over 30 years ago. I am fed up with it and have tried to get rid of it - impossible! It's in flower borders and now the veg garden on the other side of the house. It's even got into the woodland next door and it climbing the trees.

Keep it under firm control once it gets going.

Weed Suppressant Fabric

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:05

I would have suggested digging a trench and lining with plastic or planks of wood, or a strip of metal. I'm surprised the plastic didn't work.

I'm afraid that weed suppressant fabric wouldn't be strong enough. The roots would go under it then suckers would grow up lifting the fabric up. That happened to me with Spirea Billardii.

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