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Latest posts by Calendula

weed supressing membrane

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 13:24

1 month is certainly not long enough, and in my opinion it will never kill an established lawn 'stone dead' on its own. I used it on very lush grass on my allotment, but it only kept the light out to weaken the top growth. I still had to dig out all the roots to stop them resprouting. Once your ground is weed (or grass) free membrane will help to slow regrowth, but don't rely on it to kill the lawn altogether.

Border edging

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 14:46

My garden is all paths and borders (no lawn), all with curved edges, and all edged with logroll. I have just pulled up and replaced it for the same reason. I looked for an alternative but couldn't find anything that didn't look horribly artificial or could be made to curve successfully. I'm resigned to do it all again in 5 years time!

Help needed: robust rain protection

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 13:20

Thanks Swiss Sue - I shall investigate further.

Help needed: robust rain protection

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 18:08

Am I allowed a thread completely unrelated to gardening here?

Can anyone recommend a make of really robust folding umbrella? One that collapses down so you can put it in a rucksack or large handbag. I must have got through about 5 in as many months - first gust of wind and they turn inside out, spokes get bent, fabric rips and they are only fit for the bin.

I know the full size ones are stronger, but I also know I will leave them on the train - a folding one has a reasonable chance of not ending up in the black hole that is Lost Property at Victoria Station. 

I'm prepared to pay a bit more than the usual £5-odd for one if it lasts longer than 5 minutes!


Wild Garlic

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 13:39

"Wild garlic is a weed in the domestic environment, best treated with glyphosate"

Not in my garden it's not. It was a deliberately sown plant, one of the first harbingers of spring, delightful white flowers and a welcome addition to omelettes and salads. I'm fully aware of it's tendency to spread but it is easily managed by ensuring it doesn't set seed, and by digging out the bulbils (which DOES work if you do it properly).

Fewer sweeping generalisations please.


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:59

I use my own home-made, sieved finely, and it works great. I just have to be sure I know what the seedling is supposed to look like, as everything else already in the compost bursts into life at the same time!

Problem with baby plants,help needed.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 13:54

What do you need a helping hand with? They look OK to me

This is what happens when.....

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 16:43

Beautiful plants! Mine are still snug in their seed packets

MOB rants

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:47

I think the thing about Snowdon is that it has a path to the top, which makes people think 'oh well, if it's got a path it must be easy'.

But what's equally stupid is those walkers I see on the South Downs fully togged up in arctic gear with those particularly irritating double walking sticks. It can be a bit steep in places but, really, it's not the Alps!

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 13:29

Am I the only one here who doesn't worship the cult of Geoff Hamilton? I always found him patronising and dull.

Discussions started by Calendula

Mystery stowaway

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Last Post: 24/08/2014 at 17:53

Pepper problem

Can anyone help with what's causing this 'rotting' of my bell pepper skins? 
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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Escallonia 'Apple Blossom' - few flowers

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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 01:07

ID please

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Last Post: 26/11/2013 at 12:48

Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

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Last Post: 06/05/2013 at 09:43

Help needed: robust rain protection

Can anyone recommend a good folding umbrella? 
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