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duck weed in a blocked natutral spring

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:55

It's the leaf litter which causes this as fidget says. Regular removal of the rubbish at the bottom will increase water flow and restrict stagnation. Duckweed only multiplies in slow to stagnant water. Removal of the debris will also reduce the chance of silting up and possible flooding, so it's best done after leaf fall in the early winter. If your neighbours realise they could flood, they may well help.

Lawn issues

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:49

Nicola, it's as philippa says, its drainage. Best thing is to spike it with a fork to a depth of 4-6 inches and brush sharp sand into the holes. I needs to be spiked every 6 inches so that the whole area gets covered. In spring, scarify and sprinkle some grass seed in top, mixed with multi purpose compost. If you've done it right, then next winter you won't see it go bare. It'll look nice by summer, so a day spent now will give dividends next year.

Large area to clear BRAMBLES & KNOTWEED

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 11:33

Right now things will be dying back, brambles will be losing their foliage and you'll be able to see what your'e doing. First thing, don't try to tackle the Japanese Knotweed on your own. It requires specialist treatment and killing it isn't easy. Don't try and dig it up yourself, even a small piece left behind will spread the plant, and spring is the best time to try and kill it anyway. For help with it contact your local council, they should be able to offer advice and may have people who can deal with it, although not all do.

Section off the area with the JKW and leave it.

As for the brambled area, get a brush cutter, you can hire them for a day or more at your local tool hire firm.

Cut it all down and burn it, and really that's it then for this year.

Weed killers need to be applied when things are actively growing and that won't happen till next spring now.

If you have plenty of volunteers, then you can start to dig over brambled area, removing as much root as is possible. You won't get it all and what then comes up next spring can be sprayed with roundup brush killer.

Some may advocate covering up the dug area, but personally I'd leave it open to the air all winter for the soil to weather.



moving snapdragons

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 21:55

Snapdragons are half hardy annuals, if the frost doesn't get them this winter, then it's best to treat them as annuals. Move them if you want anytime now to a sheltered position, but with a colder than average winter forecast, then you may lose them all.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 21:43

Has your daughter got a dedicated nurse to help her with it, if not, then you should approach her GP. I'm not an expert far from it, but GP's and the health authority are responsible for her care. Diabetes UK can help. Diabetes can be managed, but it takes vigilence and discipline. I know women who have been diagnosed with diabetes after pregnancy, have almost special needs especially when the demands of bringing up a child conflict with the needs of the mother. But help is available, you need to get your daughter to the GP as a matter of urgency. 

Sometimes GP's aren't very good at providing what patients need especially with Diabetes, I know, they did nothing for me, I had to do it myself.

Please try Diabetes UK first, they are extremely helpful, and will give you as much help as they can.

Ultimately though, unless there is an underlying undiagnosed condition, the patient must take responsibility for managing their condition.

Diet, exercise and regular monitoring are the foundations for managing diabetes.

This may sound harsh, but your daughter must think of her child as she will be the foundation of her child's future. 

Diabetes, means being responsible, not only to yourself but others. It is a manageable condition.



Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:21

You don't say if your daughter has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, they are quite different and the need different treatment. I HAD type 2, but have managed to recover from it so it's possible, but discipline is the key to both conditions.

Talkback: How to store, freeze and dry your harvests

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:15

Soft fruit is best best frozen whole, dusted with sugar to form a light crust then frozen whole. Lemons and oranges do not freeze well the fibres break down on freezing, thus the resultant mush. This applies to all citrus fruit. Berries freeze well if frozen whole with a light dusting of sugar. Defrosting leaves all fruit mushy to a certain extent, that because the freezing process destroys the structural fibres in any plant. 

Vegetables blanch well, 2 mins max, then dunk into ice cold water to stop the cooking process, freeze straight away.

Peruvian Lily

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 14:25

They are hardy in the UK, alstromeria, is the more widely used name. Depending on variety they can be compact or absolutely invasive beasts. I'd keep it in an unheated GH over winter, see what you get later in the year and go from there.

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 10:50

I could rent you out one of my cats, he's a very adept squirrel hunter, doesn't leave much behind either, just the odd tail!

Lemon Grass

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 19:46

Keep it where it is, bring it in if it gets really cold.

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