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Posted: 06/06/2015 at 12:29

Well, you know best - we obviously know nothing - some of the best gardeners on this forum have given you the benefit of upwards of 150 years of experience but you have derided it. 

To explain it very simply - if you use weedkillers at too high a dose you will kill off the foliage but the roots don't die and the plants regrow - as it seems you have found.

If you use the weedkiller as instructed on the packet and then wait for it to take effect the foliage will absorb the weedkiller and slowly pass it back to the roots - in about three weeks not only will the foliage have died, but the roots will be dead also and the plants will not regrow.

However, if the area has been neglected for some time there will be seeds in the soil that will continue to germinate for some time so the area will need treating repeatedly.  Also weed seeds from surrounding areas will be blown in on the wind, so you will never be totally free from the need to treat the area from time to time.

If you really want to be able to ignore any need for gardening activity then artificial grass is a sensible solution - not sarcasm. It's available at Homebase

Even using a weed suppressant membrane  and mulching with gravel, bark, pebbles etc will not remove the need for 'gardening' as weed seeds will blow into the mulch and grow there.

Now do you see why you've been told to follow the instructions on the packet?  

Weedkiller is not like medication. 

Medication is to make something better but if you 'overdose' it can kill you. 

Weedkiller is intended to kill weeds - that is what it is made to do and the instructions on the pack tell you how to achieve that - what would be the point of an overdose?

I think the people who tried to help you deserve an apology

How to reduce biodiversity

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 11:10

The article says, “Direct contact with the caterpillar can cause mild irritation. If you are affected, the rash will be similar to severe nettle rash. The discomfort should pass after a few hours. "

Working on that premise, can we safely assume that Peterborough City Council employees are now working to eradicate all stinging nettles, wasps, bees, ants ....... and mounting a lookout for any jellyfish working their way up the River Nene ...... 

Just a thought - Nut, are you (or is anyone you know) aware of any bat colonies in the area of Queensgate and the city railway station?  Won't the eradication of an important food source for bats impact deleteriously on their chances of survival?


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 07:22

Good morning Susan   They normally wake OH up pushing their dish around on the terrace (he's a very light sleeper) but we both slept soundly - however it's pretty apparent that there were several of them out there last night   Think we'll have to sweep the terrace this weekend


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 07:18

Get some oxygen laundry bleach (Oxy clean or similar) and mix a solution - approx 3 scoops in a bucket of water and brush it on.  Oxygen bleach won't harm plants/animals etc.

Don't use chlorine bleach!!!

Tips on planting hazel trees?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 06:57

We have some young hazels - we'll be coppicing them when they're big enough


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 06:48

Good morning all

Lovely morning out there -  I've just done my morning wander in my jimjams -  it looks like the hedgehogs have been having a party on the lawn! 

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 06:26

Unless he's a strapping six footer!!!


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 21:00

Hello folks - I'm back from taking Wonky home via the GC  - not sure how we got all those plants and bags of compost and FYM into the car and with the roof on!!!

Somehow I came home from her garden with two lovely dahlia plants and three rocks for around the pond.  I was very impressed with the little lupin plants she's growing from seed in her little greenhouse - they look very sturdy and healthy

When I got home I found OH had made a delicious Chicken Tikka Marsala for our supper

Now I'm falling asleep in front of GW   See you in the morning folks - sweet dreams


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:41

Right, now we're off to take Wonky  back to Ipswich via the Farm Shop and the garden centre

and the car's already heaving with climbing roses and salvias ..... see you around suppertime - have a lovely day

broad beans

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 10:02

The flowers will turn black and drop off when they've been pollinated, starting from the bottom and working upwards, then little beanlets will start to appear and grow.  They're quite thirsty at this stage so if the ground is dry don't forget to water. Enjoy

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Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

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Good intentions ...

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