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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 09:57

Cheers Hosta   Bro visited yesterday - she was tired and weak but awake - he talked to her about keeping pigs on the farm when we were children and she remembered that. 

No one visiting her today but the lovely staff will be with her.  I'm visiting tomorrow with Wonky. 

Beaus Mum   good to see you

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 09:51

Oh dear Hosta

Have you tried


 I'll get my coat .....................

Woodland-ivy infested trees

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:37

If oak be out before the ash

We will only have a splash.

If ash be out before the oak

We will surely have a soak.

Anon

Knotweed or not weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:14
veryceri wrote (see)

... is glyphosate dog friendly ( like most weed killers, allowing a few hours for the stuff to work before normal service can be resumed with children and animals)?

Yes just let it dry then they'll be fine

woodlice, the menaces :(

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:09

Woodlice - very useful critters in the garden, and very good mothers ... apparently 

http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/wildlife/other-invertebrates/woodlouse.aspx

http://earthlife.net/INSECTS/woodcare.html

Knotweed or not weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:00

Aha, you posted while I was typing LOL

Yes, it's the white flowering bindweed aka Greater Bindweed

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calystegia_sepium it has a pretty face but like many pretty faces, you shouldn't be fooled by it!  

Knotweed or not weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 07:57

I agree, if it's twining then it's either one of the bindweeds or a rampant honeysuckle or similar.

Whichever it is you want it got rid of - I prefer not to use chemicals if I can help it, but I believe that they do have their place when in extremis, and this sounds like it.

We took over a garden with rampant bindweed and used glyphosate several times over that summer which totally eradicated it.  After that we just had to watch out for it spreading in from surrounding gardens, and zap it with a quick spray.

The trick with glyphosate is to leave the plants to die for at least a fortnight after spraying until they are withered and brown.  That means that the chemical has got back to the roots and killed them too.  If you pull the topgrowth too soon you'll leave living roots behind and they'll grow all over again!

Good luck

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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 07:22

Hosta - one of those cannas you gave us is springing into life   Sadly the smaller one is an ex-canna and has gone to the compost heap   Everything else is looking good and OH is busy digging the new bed so they'll all have homes to go to very soon.

I've got a bit of a quandary - a Cornish friend visited here last autumn, bringing with her two kiwi cuttings - a male and a female, but she wasn't sure which was which - one of them hasn't survived the winter  

 

Place your bets....

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 07:06

Hello GWRS - I didn't know you live in Lincoln - do you ever go to that Pie place by that steep hill - I hit my head on the beam when I went down the stairs - can't remember much about the pie - must go back again some time

We're in Norfolk and I don't plant anything out until the first week in June - this year we're going to Cornwall for that week so they may go out a week late ................ or shall I risk planting out a week early?????????????

Transplanting Delay = Stunted Tomatoes, Or?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 07:00

Think they're around San Diego Hosta

I agree with you - the tomatoes will grow just fine

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