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Glyphosate alternative

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 20:35

He is concerned about GM - his feeling is that the technique could be useful, but should be restricted so that not all modifications could be used at once - he believes that this would avoid the risk of 'super plants' being developed which would become 'monstrous' and invasive with no way of getting rid of them - however as he says, that would mean trusting the people who are developing the GM plants ... 


Posted: 20/05/2016 at 19:38

A lovely shrub - worth waiting for 

Hostafan ....

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 19:30

It is, isn't it Verdun - bought from Woottens about a month ago when it was just breaking the soil surface 

Glyphosate alternative

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 19:27

I spoke with my brother on this very subject the other day - he is a farmer - he insists that profit margins in agriculture are so low that over-treating with glyphosate is a big No-No.  He says that on his acreage it would be enough to make a crop unprofitable and he is very strict with his workers that instructions and guidelines must be adhered to - the amounts to be used are calculated by computer programme and if the amount used/coverage/acreage don't tally there's 'Hell to Pay'.

Of course, not everyone may be as rigorous as my brother.  As he says, he feeds his family on the crops he produces - he doesn't want to use any more chemicals than absolutely necessary. 

Hostafan ....

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 19:20

I've got some newbies too

H. Fireworks

H. June Fever

and bought as babies last year

H undulata

H. Stained Glass

photod taken on phone so not brilliant 


Posted: 20/05/2016 at 18:34

Is there a picture coming - otherwise it's going to be a bit of a guess 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:23

Plant pauper .... we worked out the shape very carefully .......... 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:19

Hosta, it is big ...........    

Do you think we should stake it, or will it be ok as it's multi-stemmed?  The garden does have high fences all around but the wind can be a bit blustery sometimes ...

Just had a phone call - the young person I knew through my work and continued to visit even now because she considered me a friend, passed away last night.  She had severe epilepsy and cerebral palsy with learning difficulties ....... oh how I'll miss her smile  

Last edited: 20 May 2016 17:20:32

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 15:00

Oh yes   it's going at the far end of the new Sunny Bed we're working on - it's an island bed projecting into the lawn (well, more of a peninsula than an island if you get me) .  It will screen the re-vamped utility area and compost bins and also our neighbour's house to the rear, and provide the birds with a somewhat smaller replacement for the big ash tree we felled last autumn.  We'll underplant it with Cyclamen coum and  the bed will be a mix of grasses, low growing shrubs and tall wavy perennials.  

Well, that's the plan so far ........... 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:58

Just been to get our Amelanchier

Its gorgeous - multi stemmed and getting on for 7ft from soil level to top. We brought it home on the back seat of the car with niece holding on. I drve slowly to save the leaves blowing off. Nieces and convertibles come in handy:)

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