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Advice for Bind Weed

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:08

When we moved to our last house there was bindweed all over the garden and the fences, and up over the bathroom extension and up to the bedroom windows.

We treated it with glyphosate - bruising the leaves gently first then spraying - then leaving it until it was completely died down and brown - this shows that the active ingredient has travelled back into the roots and has killed them too.  We moved around this time of year and treated it immediately.

By the following spring the bindweed had gone and the garden was ready to dig over and plant.  Occasionally a small tendril would appear near the boundary, but being alert and keeping the glyphosate at hand meant we could squirt it every time it appeared - it was never a problem again. 

It is the only way to do it.  As you surmise - digging it up is just making matters worse.

Good luck 


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:03

Good morning all   We've had steady rain for a couple of hours now - the water butts are gurgling and the lawns are soaking it up 

Not sure what niece will want to do today - we could go into the city on the bus - but she's not really a shopping sort of a girl - I had thought about going blackberrying, but it's going to be too wet - she might want to just mooch around here - we've got a busy schedule tomorrow so a day 'chilling' might be in order   It'll be just the two of us as OH is back to work today. 

Lily - Enjoy every moment of today and relish the journey home - you'll never have to do it again 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 06:53

The thing that put me off broad beans when I was young was that they were big and floury - as soon as I had my own garden and could pick them before they reached that stage, I began to like them, and now they're one of my favourite vegetables.  I either pick them when the beans are about the size of my thumb nail  (I have large hands) - still tender, definitely not floury, and full of flavour and, as Nut says, I sometimes cook (stem) them still in the pod.

And as for objecting to vegetables tasting like 'pudding' - well, there's no accounting for some people's taste buds, but  to me a tasty and delicious sweet pod of peas, picked and eaten before the natural sugars have turned to starch,  tastes nothing like a Pavlova, cherry clafouti or Iles de flottante (some of my favourite puddings ). It's a different sort of sweetness 


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:42



Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:22

I'll post you some pics tomorrow Pdoc 


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:13

Now I've had a read back - not a lot of chat on here while I was at the seaside, but some lovely pics Pdoc - really gorgeous 

Neighbours trees and border damaging our wall?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:10

This may be of interest 

keep scrolling down and reading .... 

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:59

Am happy either way - will wait to hear from Snoodle 

Advice on new tree please

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:54

I have been sitting on the pier whilst niece attempted to catch crabs - in my idleness I reflected on trees I have loved.  

One tree of which I have very happy memories is the Mount Etna Broom which was outside my office window - as a mature tree it was about 15ft tall with a similar spread; it had elegant angular branches which looked fantastic outlined against the winter skies, and in the mid-summer  the thick racemes of golden pea-like flowers  filled the air with a heady fragrance.  

Although they're not evergreen, the leaves have that appearance, and as they consist of very fine fronds, they don't produce a thick carpet of fallen leaves in the autumn.

A glorious tree with no real problems that I'm aware of, but it's seldom seen - I have no idea why - it should be grown much more often



Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:42

Hello folks 

Gorgeous day at Cromer - I've been there so many times, several times a summer every year since I was five - I don't think I've ever seen the sea so calm and blue - absolutely glorious.

That being said, despite taking along some very smelly bacon, and purchasing top end crab fishing equipment, they all managed to avoid us   the only answer is, We Shall Return!!! 

Very good cod and chips eaten, plus icecreams and cold drinks.  Postcards and windmills purchased.  The windmills are to keep Peabrain away from the broccoli - haven't I mentioned OH's friend, Peabrain the Pigeon 

Hope people with poorly tums are better soon 

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