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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 14:46

I think ihe rock moving video was all very precarious and seemed totally ineffective, but they appeared to be perfectly happy and the birdsong was lovely - I think they were enjoying themselves - I wonder how far the rock has moved - maybe they go out there every sunny day and move it a few more inches .............. 

perhaps Hosta is a little more impatient than those two ....... 

Last edited: 07 October 2016 14:47:16

Making a bed on existing grass?

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 14:40

A hedge is going to be there for years and years - you need to prepare the area properly - gardening isn't 'instant'. 

Do I plant out now?

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 11:47

But what sort of plants are they?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 10:43

Hosta - have you seen this video?  seems a pleasant way for you and your Lovely Hub to spend a day - although I'm sure the chap's white beard is noticeably longer at the end of the film 

Making a bed on existing grass?

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 10:22
Papi Jo says:


....  (free of most of the nasty weeds you mention).

 Notice you said 'most' Papi Jo  ... I haven't got any of those in my lawn  ... but I have got more achillea than I can shake a stick at 

Climbing plants

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 09:12

Why not think about growing annual climbers - Morning Glory,

Black-eyed Susan 

Spanish Flag plant 

are just a few that I start off as seeds on the kitchen windowsill and by the summer they're flowering their socks off

There's loads more 

Grow one type one year and next year you can start again and grow another type

home made weedkiller

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 09:01

Sybille - anything that kills something is a poison.  The active ingredients in your home made weedkiller are acetic acid and sodium chloride - fine when sprinkled in small quantities on your chips -  not so good for the myriad of tiny essential organisms in the soil when they come into contact with it.  

Acetic acid (vinegar) will burn the foliage of small plants/weeds but it won't kill the roots.  The salt will weaken or even kill the roots of some plants if applied in enough quantities, but it'll poison the soil around it and you'll not be able to grow other plants there for a long time.  

Nasty stuff 

Sorry but I used Weedkiller

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 08:49

With a fine sprinkler rose on it? 

Tip:  don't use the watering can for watering plants - label it 'for weedkiller only' - otherwise there will be 

Last edited: 07 October 2016 08:50:17

Making a bed on existing grass?

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 08:33

In my experience there are weeds, and then there are WEEDS

I sincerely doubt whether the lasagna method will get rid of deep rooted creeping thistle, perennial stinging nettles, hedge bindweed, ground elder etc in six months, especially over the winter when these plants are more or less dormant anyway. 

I'm sure it'll deal with chickweed, groundsel, plantains etc - but so would hand weeding and forking it over followed by an occasional sortie with a Dutch hoe to deal with seedlings. 

Last edited: 07 October 2016 08:34:16

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 06:55

Good morning to whoever is about 

It seems very dark here this morning. 

Im a coffee drinker Pat. I have a bad memory for names, but then I always have had so that's not a sign of anything. 

Glad the worst is over Obelixx - as you say, now you can take your time. Glad the ginger cat will be reunited with his family. 

It all seems very quiet and still out there - just an occasional rook flying past. OH is setting off on his bike for work. I don't know what the weather forecast is. I shall check ...

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