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Friend or foe?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:49

Let us know what happens

Knotweed or Bindweed?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:41

Think you're right Nut

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:38

@ Frances Morgan - have a look here

Please don't use netting around plants - birds will become entangled and die slow and painful deaths.   You could put some horticultural grit on top of the soil if the birds are rootling around in it.

In future it's best to start a new thread with the name of the plant in the title (Create New Thread button) for a new question.

Good luck


Knotweed or Bindweed?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:27
Verdun wrote (see)

It does look like Japanese knotweed to me folks.  Hope I'm wrong 

Think you are wrong, on this very rare occasion Verdun  - that looks like a sturdy shoot of Hedge Bindweed - with the base of the shoot having been underground it's blanched - there'll be a rhizome down below.

Bruise the leaves and treat with glyphosate and leave until the whole plant is brown and dead - that means that the active ingredients have travelled back to the roots and killed them.  If you pull the plants up too soon the roots will not have been killed and will grow again.

Mint in compost bin

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:19

I agree with Blue Onion - don't panic


Posted: 22/04/2015 at 07:56

Good morning all

I've been out and filled the coffee lid with mealworms for the robins, and given a few pots a soaking - now my feet are up and I'm drinking coffee in my pjs - it was overcast earlier but the sun's burnt the cloud off now and it looks like we've got another lovely day in store.

'They' are saying we'll get some rain at the weekend - I hope so 'cos I've got to treat the front lawn with Evergreen whatsit to kill off the dandelions so they stop spreading seeds towards the neighbour's garden every time we're away for a few days, and the treatment will need watering in.

Plants for feeding birds

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 07:37

Most garden centres stock them as plants and/or seeds.

Talkback: Growing your own bird food

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 07:35

All the varieties mentioned in the feature above are available as seeds or plants in most garden centres - the one near us also has a section of 'wild native plants' where you can buy many plants that are good for bees and other pollinating insects.

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 20:04

That soil looks to me like something that's been shovelled up from the edge of a ploughed field - it's certainly not screened topsoil or any other type of material I'd expect to find in a good raised bed. 

I suspect that the builder has attempted to recoup his losses re the paving by using an inferior and cheaper growing medium in the beds.

Call your landscape designer in immediately and tell him/her that the  soil in the beds is not fit for purpose.

Did they put any layers of drainage material in the base of the beds?

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:31

Emma lou - what did the specification say about the type of soil used to fill the planters?

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