Excitable Boy

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Talkback: Japanese knotweed

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 16:02

We had this in our last house. Glyphosate, and lots of it, is the only answer! I found spraying with a stronger than normal solution to be fine, but it took about three years to kill it all. Do not dig it up as you have to dispose of at a licensed site as it is notifiable.

Be aware that it can damage house foundations, so if you're thinking of selling you need to make sure you don't have any within two metres of your property or your buyer may not be able to get a mortgage according to a suyveyor I know!

Potato planting

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 15:38

Assuming that you put them in the standard 5 inches deep and you haven't had any frost then within the next week.

Hosta or Weed?

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 11:06
blairs wrote (see)
sciencegirl wrote (see)

Icannot bear to pull out self seeded foxgloves. They pop up in the most hostile places that you have to admire their tenacity. Sometimes it can surprise you how good they look even if it wasn't in the original planting plan.

Neither can I! I love seeing them grow in walls or silly places. People walk past them all the time without realising what the plant is. I do tend to give seedling the benefit of doubt which means that I can end up with lots of weeds, but it is all part of the garden picture.

I know the feeling. We have lots of valerian growing in our garden walls and it is such an attractive plant we can't bear to pull it out.

Hosta or Weed?

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 10:56

Yes, they look very tired by the time they have finished flowering. Generally I find the whole plant will pull out fairly easily, but then I am in the moist moist south west, lol.

I am sure you are already aware, but remember that all parts of the foxglove are poisonous if eaten. Smaller children love to pull the flowers and put them on their fingers as they look made for this. Discourage this as the poison (digitalis) is concentrated in the nectar and pollen.

Talkback: Plant supports

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 21:05
figrat wrote (see)
Don't keep the sowing medium too wet, or the seeds may rot before germination.

Exactly what I think I must have been doing. Thanks for the tip!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 19:22

Just finished work and it's just started raining!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 19:20

According to Dr Hessayon Amaranthus gets 3ft high, spacing 2 ft.


Should have thought your Dahlias would be fine given how cold it is, especially if you can give them heat to start. I'm slightly overrun with these too. With hindsight one packet would have been more than enough.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:59

No Kate, I never even thought about fleece I just shoved them in between the showers. Good point though, will get some at the weekend. Tbh these are new flowerbeds and I can already see that I've done some things wrong. God knows what I'm going to do with all the amaranthus and sea holly I've grown from seed for a start, lol. I should have checked the size of the mature plants before I sowed the whole packet .

Talkback: Grow something different

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:48

I'm trying swiss chard and salsify for the first time this year. No idea what to do with them if they grow, but they must have looked good in the catalog!

What to do!!

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:27
yvonne parsons2 wrote (see)

I really love the look you have created but my garden is only fenced by chain fencing. Id love to create what you have done

Why don't you grow some climbers (cheap clematis from Lidl or poundland, or Morning Glory) on some of the chainlink to soften it up a bit and give you a quick background?

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