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please help weed taking over my garden

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:35

Also: is this it?"ground+elder"

If so, it's a bit of a sod to fight but there is some good news:"ground+elder"+edible


please help weed taking over my garden

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:32

I hate to suggest chemical warfare, but that's a broad-leafed weed in a lawn, and you can get things that kill doctyledonous plants like that without harming monocotyledonous grasses.

The reason I hate to suggest it is that some of them are so persistent that you can use them to clear weeds out of a pasture, let horses graze in that pasture, heap the horsemuck in a corner, let it rot for a year, spread it around the roses and kill the roses because the weedkiller's still active after all that.

The alternative is extreme trial of patience and your knees: paint it with glyphosate everywhere it comes up. It's probably linked underground (easy to check by pulling one out and seeing whether a fat white rhizome comes with it) and if it is you won't have to hit every surface piece, just enough of them in each "grid square" of the lawn.

If you really want to do it all physically, I suppose you could cut two rows of turfs, then do a row at a time, cutting row 3, laying it on top of row 5, putting row 2 upside-down where row 1 was, cutting row 4, laying it on top of row 6, putting row 3 upside-down where row 2 was and so on. No guarantee of it killing things, but if you then turfed over that you'd be giving the new lawn a major headstart. Put some broad-leaf-only weedkiller between turned turfs and new turf and you've probably got it. Just be really careful not to get it on anything else.

dying hedge

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 10:53

I've had a "dying hedge" problem here. The near end of the privet hedge was dead, so I cut it out and got rid of it. Then the next couple of trees died too, so I cut them out and got rid of them. The fourth time round, I just left the dead trees there as a trellis for my akebia, and the dying stopped. Some of the stumps covered by the akebia are regrowing through it, too.

Where you've replanted in the gap, the soil's probably full of roots of surviving trees. I took several tries to get something to take in a gap in this hedge.

The hedge was 20ft tall and 6ft wide, obviously just left to grow since planting, when I moved in. I pruned it hard and found some gaps ... and some elder and ash trees ... and 4ft of flowerbed.

What seems to have finally worked for plugging the gap is digging out a pit in the gap and planting the new trees in compost in that, so they've got some space to themselves and some time before the established trees can spread roots their way and start competing. You can take this further by putting hemp sacking or something like that around the outside of the pit. It'll rot eventually, but it'll hold the other trees' roots back for a while before it does.

MOB rants

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:57
TinaTurner wrote (see)

Frank, you wouldn't get food poisoning when my Daughter and SIL have a barbeque or any meal for that matter, as they cremate everything. If it's not charred, it's not ready.

So, no food poisoning, just cancer, eh?

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 23:20

Part of the reason hawks do so well in gardens is that we tend to put the feeders where we can enjoy watching the birds on them. The feeders should actually be away from big windows, close to lots of connected dense cover, and protected from hawks by a surrounding hedge or mesh of some sort. Hawks love a clear run at the feeders. Putting them in the middle of a hawthorn tree where you get scratched every time you refill them is better for the small birds. I've got one of those big "dining hall" cages at the end of the "scrap hedge cuttings" heaped behind the shed, and that provides pigeon-proof and even starling-proof feeding for the small birds, and it's cat-proof and hawk-proof as a bonus, and I've got feeders on a pole between tall fence, tall compost heap and two tall trees down by the water where there's a whole lot of "hedge" growing, so the birds can get to and from the food relatively safely ..... without me ever knowing about it.

I do have a clear line of sight from near the shed to that feeder pole, though. It turns out brown rats can get through or under that "squirrel-resistant" bell-shaped cage to get at the treat pellets, so it's good to be able to get another kind of pellet through to the rat. 

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 19:11

Chocolate vine #1 is in flower! It didn't seem right happy with its slightly shady trellis but now that it's foudn the sunshine at the top it's growing faster and flowering. Of course it's flowering where I can't reach to sniff the flowers, but, hey, it's flowering. That gives me cause to hope for more accessible flowers on vines #2 and #3.

Also, I have two blue tits, one coal tit and one robin coming very close for mealworms plus a great tit, a sparrow and a female finch that come within a few metres.

Now, if that wandering cat would just be so kind as to eat a few of the lily blossoms when they open ...

MOB rants

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 19:05

I don't think it's *porn* or *online porn* that's the problem there. I think you have to narrow it down a bit further than that. There have even been studies done that showed a negative correlation between availability of "normal" porn and frequency of sexual assault, suggesting that men-it's-mostly-men-after-all who are that way inclined seek an outlet one way or the other and will settle for the readily available porn instead of taking risks.


Number of issues with castration, like it being irreversible and verdicts occasionally being wrong (see, for example, original Hillsborough reports, the Guildford Four, the Maguire Seven and so on). There's also the matter of motivation. Taking away the sex drive could reduce someone whose thing is little girls from predator to just some old guy who occasionally sees a little girl, thinks she's beautiful and wishes he could take her on a horse-riding holiday because she'd like that and she's got a lovely smile. Sure. What about someone who's using rape as an expression of hatred rather than trying to get off regardless of the other person's preferences or opinions? Not being able to get it up won't make him hate any less or be any less inclined to act on hate. He'll just find something else to use, like a glass bottle.


Locations of bodies? One sturdy chair, one roll of duct tape, one serrated kitchen knife, a bottle of vodka and a week or so, and they'd be begging to tell the truth. It's probably better for the soul to just stuff the bastard full of barbiturates, ecstasy and marijuana, keep him talking and wait for him to run his mouth.

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 18:00

Hmmm ... a plum tree that produces plums that cast Cure Disease when eaten? I can imagine that'd be good to have. The Dryad Queen's tree from The Belgariad, complete with surrounding forest and dryads? I wouldn't be complaining. A dragon fruit vine? Oh ... I know! A strawberry plant.

Yes, a strawberry plant.

Specifically, one that's put out runners and put down roots and sent up more shoots again and again and again and is now approximately five miles by seven miles, because then I'd have a five mile by seven mile garden.

Similar answer: a 30m tall, 100m wide wisteria growing on the walls of MY HOUSE, because then I'd own a 100m wide, 10 storey high house!

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 22:41

I see both ivy and bindweed. Leaf-absorbtion weedkiller like any glyphosate product will do nothing against ivy. It's too damn glossy and the stuff just rolls off it. On bindweed, though, it works. I got really fed up with the stuff in my hedge laughing at my attempts to kill it with correctly-diluted gylphosate bought as a concentrate from Homebase and had a word with a friend, who gave me some correctly-diluted glyphosate bought as a concentrate somewhere else. He gave me one of those mixed nuts jars (the ones that say "GO NUTS" in 72-point font in three places, "mixed nuts" in 24-point font in four places, "nuts" in 12-point font in a dozen places in the ingredients list and "warning: contains nuts" in 6-point font at the bottom edge of the label  ) half-filled with the stuff, and after assaults on various problem weeds I put what was left on a plastic bag on the lawn, unwound the bindweed from the hedge and dipped it in, then left it there for an hour in sunshine. This year: no bindweed in that hedge. I'm not sure what's different about the stuff he gave me. Maybe it was the rather extreme dosing method that did the trick and maybe Homebase are selling a dud product. I don't think they're selling a total dud, because it's done a respectable number on the giant hogweed threat that justified its purchase and that stuff's stubborn.

MOB rants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 22:31

Caci, ce n'est pas un rant:



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