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Posted: 14/08/2013 at 21:41

We managed to dig our huge ivy roots out, but it did take a great deal of effort, mainly by my heroic Under Gardener .  There were some little pieces of root left - we ensured that they had no leaves, and every time some leaves appeared we bruised them and then sprayed them with SBK Brushwood killer.  After 18 months we've almost got it beaten  

We don't have a dog in this garden, although we have one that visits, as do the neighbours' cats and lots of birds and hedgehogs.  None have come to any harm from the SBK.  

You don't have to spray it indiscriminately - just target any leaves.  They will die - ivy cannot live if they cannot carry out photosynthesis and they can't do that if you kill off the leaves.  You must spray every time you see fresh leaves, bruise them first so they soak up the liquid.   When the plant has died the little adventitious roots that cling and help the ivy climb will eventually rot off the vine and you'll be able to pull the thick stems away from the wall and dig and wrestle the roots out of the soil.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 21:13

Hello folks - no rain here - yet - don't think it's expected before tomorrow afternoon.  OH is at home tomorrow so hopefully he can supervise the hanging out of the washed towels and get them in again before the downpour.

Supper this evening involved melt in the mouth Swiss chard and lovely luscious runner beans both from the garden.

Tomorrow I shall have to concoct something with yellow courgettes .... 


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 08:01

Days being crossed off, but've lost count of how many to go, what with A/L and flex days .... still, it is getting fewer every day ..... it must be .... 

Better go and cross another off - see you later folks - happy gardening!


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 06:45

Good morning Andy and everyone 

We've had a very hectic couple of weeks what with visiting others and having visitors ourselves - now we've got 10 days to get the house and garden straight before the next lot arrive!  (Oh, and I still have to go to work )


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 06:42

Sow some Swiss chard now, if you're lucky you'll get some pickings before and even through the winter.  If we get heavy snow don't worry, mine was fine under 18" of snow for several weeks and we got good pickings again in the spring.


Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 06:40

There's no point in spraying unless you know what you're spraying against - and there are very few bugs that will affect syringia (lilac).

There is a blight condition which is spread by a bacterium - it usually affects lilacs that are stressed due to difficult growing conditions (under/over watering - too much nitrogenous fertiliser etc).

But also some lilacs are prone to browning and dropping their leaves early, and we are heading for autumn now (sorry folks )

If I were you, if the browning leaves are just on one shoot, I'd remove and burn it to be on the safe side.  Then I'd make sure that there's a clear area of soil around the base of the shrub, and mulch it well with good garden compost, and then cross my fingers.  It'll probably be fine 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 20:48

Hello folks  

Chicky - have a safe journey and a comfortable stay here in Norfolk - sorry it's for such a sad reason - will be thinking of you. 

Welcome Felicite P 


Posted: 13/08/2013 at 20:24

A bit late in the day to post here  but would like to say Hello to David K and Matty - good to see you here 

Matty, that cake's amazing 


Posted: 13/08/2013 at 07:01

If you've learned that you've learned a lot 


Posted: 13/08/2013 at 07:00

Good morning all - life is getting back to  normal here Chez Dove.  I'll be off to work in a few minutes, friend will be returning home and OH will tidy the house a bit then go to work.  Gardening has been a bit neglected - lots to do this week, not sure when tho'.

Glad you're back with us Andy 

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