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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Green Alkanet

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 13:25

Glypghosate only works when a plant is actively growing - use it when there's a good supply of fresh young shoots. 

No point in digging alkanet in my experience - every little bit of root left behind will grow again!

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:46

Verdun - I wouldn't plant box hedging around my veg patch any more than I'd plant two ash trees at the end of our garden - but they're there, beautiful and full of birds, and I'll enjoy their beauty and wildlife and put up with their roots under and through all the beds and the veg patch and seeds everywhere and even pay to have their crowns thinned from time to time until they're too big to cope with or until Ash Dieback gets them.  I couldn't remove them in cold blood.

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:30

 Maybe something like this (using Swiss Sue's suggestion) would be a happy compromise?

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:22

The aesthetics of vegetable gardening???  Wonderful - I love the structure of rows and blocks imposed on natural forms.  Do  try to find a copy of The Plant Kingdoms of Charles Jones - or at least google his photographs    Magic!!!

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:03

Neither can I, other than the aesthetic (and as we're painters that tends to override all other considerations here) .   Have you seen them covered in snow yet?

They probably contributed at least £5,000 the price you paid for the house.

Maybe, you could leave one plant at each corner and train and clip them into cones and spheres etc -  to keep a formal structure in the veg garden - topiary is wonderful in veg gardens

Calathea housepalnt

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:57

Has the plant been repotted into fresh compost or have you given it any fertiliser lately?

Where to buy

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:54

Kiwi available here

Really recommended supplier

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:50

Hi and welcome

Aren't they beautiful And boy won't your back ache when you have to clip them?

They probably provide a bit of shelter to seedlings, but then your garden doesn't look as if it's very exposed - and as you say they're probably home to gazillions of marauding molloscs -  and yes, they do take up a lot of space - but I don't think I could take them out in cold blood - I'd probably send up a silent prayer that they succumb to Box Blight before too long, and then they can be grubbed out with a clear conscience.

Spent Mushroom Compost

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:24

Think he might moult a bit too much for OH's chest! 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 11:21

Hello again folks - I've taken up residence upstairs - I have the radio, my knitting and you lot.  I'm allowed downstairs to make coffee. 

Looking out of the window in the daylight I can see that not only has the big weeping willow gone from the top of the rise, but a big field maple has been decimated and there is just one branch sticking up about 15ft above the ridge of the house on the hill.  Hopefully someone is coming back to take the rest of that tree down otherwise it's going to look very odd indeed!

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