Latest posts by djjjuk

casualties of the battlefield

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 23:25

Hi Verdun

i have some aubretia cascade that are just coming through from seed sown 9 days ago. i would like to line the front edge of the wall with these, so that it tumbles over it. behind that - essentially a herbaceous perennial area. its excellent soil to work with. drains well, loamy. id like to get lavender in there for sure, salvias aswell. i also have 3x viburnum tinus in pots, that will soon be big enough to plant - at the back fence for those perhaps, if they arent going to be used in another area. failing that i love verbena bonariensis and maybe some stipa or some other grass towards the back.

casualties of the battlefield

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 13:24

sorry to bump my own thread, but can anyone offer advice for the above post?

and another weed ...

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:59

the grass ones are the ones i despise the most .. spreading roots, refuses to die with dignity and takes clumps of soil with them. give me dandelions and single plant weeds to dig up any day of the week!

a probably easy weed ID for you lot :)

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:56

Hi Dove/Nutcutlet

ha, no none of these trespassers have been grown deliberately. they are purely the end result of years of neglect of the area at my dads house - which i am now back at temporarily - and while here throught id sort it all out.

that area it came from was the only one there was. hard to dig up as it was bang smack up against a gravel board with fence above it. the rest of the area contained literally, im not joking, about 65 dandelions. and some of those had a taproot easily a foot long, probably over!

casualties of the battlefield

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:53


the battlefield has been cleared of casualties ...

 all that remains is 2 mountains ... 

now i have got to a point where i dont know what to do next. i have dug the soil to about a foot deep, not so deep around the stumps as the roots were in the way - ive dug the weeds up and got rid of much root system as possible. for the rest of the roots, predominantly stump roots, ive left them sticking out the ground or on the surface to be baked by the sun.

ive turned the soil over and loosened it up. lots of root still remains, dug up but just in and amongst - suppose i should rake it? but theres lots of it.

my question is ... what next? the idea is to prepare this whole area for planting, i assume the dug up roots are ok to leave to rot down over time, just get rid of the overly big pieces?

is it wise to put some manure on it? the soil type is sandy/loamy, but ive not tested the pH as of yet.


a probably easy weed ID for you lot :)

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:45

nutcutlet, ive changed the original photo now to a clearer one ..

and another weed ...

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:45

my weed knowledge is poor but im building my database slowly ... here's another ..


a probably easy weed ID for you lot :)

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:43

the thing was bloody huge. about 2 feet wide and one damn thick root/crown!

a probably easy weed ID for you lot :)

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:42

sorry guys - noticed after id posted it. changed the photo

a probably easy weed ID for you lot :)

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:37



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