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How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 09:30

Thanks for all the advice. Looks like I'll have to re-start my wild flower meadow later than hoped. I agree with the composting comment - this was spread because my compost heap was on this patch & we have ornamental indoor oxalis & the debris had  been put into the compost bin. Hey ho ..

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 18:00

I have a patch that I want to plant as a natural meadow. But it is full of small green oxalis plants that seem to make hundreds of tiny bulbs or bulbets. It was covered for 6 months over last winter which cut down on the plants but they have come back with a vengeance. It has been hand-weeded several times but just can't get rid of the stuff underground. Is it going to be weed killer? Or I did wonder if takeing off the surface few inches of the soil and discarding it might be the answer.

Any fellow sufferers or solutions welcome.

Thanks Cate

Talkback: Peach leaf curl

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 18:17
I have a new peach tree which has developed peach leaf curl. Would the tree already have been infected when I received it?


Talkback: How to plant rhubarb

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 15:28
Is it possible to grow rhubarb in containers?

Conservatory Climbers

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 11:23

Can anyone suggest climbers for a large conservatory. It is hot - when we have anything approaching summer - but largely unheated in winter. I have a good trellis cones which reach almost to the top bars.

Wildflowers - to dig over soil before planting or not?

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 11:13

Can anyone tell me where to get cows in Central Manchester?

Hand trowels

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 10:31

I had been bought an expensive set, with polished wooden handles, then a post welded to the trowel head. However, the trowels has weakened and snapped at the point where the post is welded to the head. I looked for replacements at the Tatton Show & couldn't find any (old-fashioned ones) where the head is embedded directly into the handle, except plastic or childrens'.

Any suggestions?

Talkback: Snails

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 10:25

They have had a go at my new mint plants & completely ravaged the planters of runner beans & lettuce that were coming on during the very wet spell ( which bit was that?)

Ivy or not?

Posted: 30/01/2012 at 22:15

We had allowed ivy to spread of our brick outhouse roof. That eventually started to leak. When we got the roof sorted out the roots had invaded underneath the tiles and through the roofing felt. As already said, it is incredibly heavy if allowed to go rampant.

Wisteria with bracket fungus

Posted: 30/01/2012 at 22:10

I have a well established wisteria on a pergola but have just seen a small-ish bracket fungus on the main stem near to the base. There were some rotten branches close to this (above).

Does this mean I need to get rid of the wisteria or is it treatable?

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Discussions started by catherinerhodes

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Looking for help clearing a bed that is overrun by oxalis plants and bulbs 
Replies: 15    Views: 553
Last Post: 30/10/2013 at 09:30

Talkback: How to plant rhubarb

Is it possible to grow rhubarb in containers? 
Replies: 4    Views: 501
Last Post: 17/10/2013 at 08:55

Conservatory Climbers

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Last Post: 03/08/2012 at 11:23

Hand trowels

Query about trowel & fork designs 
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Last Post: 30/07/2012 at 14:06

Wisteria with bracket fungus

Should I cull the wisteria? 
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Last Post: 30/01/2012 at 22:10
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