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Advice for getting rid of plant

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 19:23

Good luck with it Andrew - always very exciting having your first proper garden  

As the others have said - you may find little bits keep popping up so be as thorough as you can and keep an eye out for any new shoots coming through next year from any bits you've missed. 



Posted: 08/10/2014 at 19:15

Bob - you've got that right  

My wasps were regular visitors to the temporary bird bath. They, and the butterflies, liked sunbathing on the little rocks in it, so I'm looking forward to them making use of the specially placed flat ones by the new pond next year 

Tilted garden taken over by weeds

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 19:09

I suppose the idea of the leaves and plastic is similar to the way strawberry growers cover areas of bare ground between plants with heavy duty landscape fabric - keeps the plants clean and weed free. Have you got some photos of the site that you can put on here to give us an idea of the size of the plot, and the problem?

Erin, I think the main damage has been done when you rotivated unfortunately, but whatever the reason, you'll have to hand weed to get all the perennial weeds out if you don't want to use weedkiller. Once the ground's clear you can use a physical barrier between or around plants, but you really need to get the ground clear first to give your crops a good chance and to make it easier for you in the long run.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 18:58

Smashing big frame chicky - but I would expect nothing less from Mr Chick 

Didn't know they would cut the polyc. to size. That makes it a lot easier if Ggirl already has the timber. 

I'm lucky that I have wooden windows for my lids so easy for hinges Lesley. Don't think it would be too difficult to fit them on the poly, would just need to watch it didn't split so pre drilling might be good idea, although if you use  finer screws that should help. 

lily - I could swap you weather -it's not warm but it's dry. We're getting so little rain and my front grass needs it. 

Daughter is doing roast chicken so it means I can faff around on here for a bit, then I might watch the final of Bake Off.

Have a lovely time with Cleve chicky 

Willow Hedge (I think)

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 17:11

Hate to disappoint you Alan, but that looks very much like honeysuckle, not clematis....

If you have the means just now, I'd get rid of the willow too DD, but if not, I think all you can do is get it into a manageable sort of state and tackle it properly next year, as it's a soul destroying job keeping it in check and you have loads of other things on your plate which will be more rewarding to sort. Also, you mentioned that it's round a trellis and more ornamental plants, so it's possibly been put there as an 'instant barrier' initially, but if left alone it's just going to swallow everything else up and take over .

As the others have said, clear anything away that you hack off in case you end up with more than you started out with! 


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 16:57

Woody - now you need something shocking pink to rival the pokers! 

Busy day at t'mill. Very cold again - had to scrape the windscreen this morning 

Got the grass cut and edges done yesterday so might go and do a little digging before dinner if I can find the strength.

Ggirl- if you already have the glass just make the base to fit. If not, I'd get a piece of polycarbonate or similar from  a DIY store and make the base to fit it. Saves messing about with cutting anything. I got a couple of old windows from a friend a few months back so I'm going to make one/ two to fit them with left over timber.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 16:50

I've had tons of them here,so it can't be the wet winter - ours was even wetter than normal!

Not had any nests here as yet though. I take it you don't venture into the attic often then pansyface?...

They're amazing constructions aren't they?


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 16:47

Deer will just jump over anything if it's only a metre high. Needs to be around 9/10 feet to keep them out.

Alliums companion planting

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 08:11

I don't like Lavender but it likes the same conditions as alliums so that would be a good foil - the foliage will hide the dying leaves of alliums too. I have Sedums, annual cornflowers and geraniums in with mine just now. Some of them get quite big so it helps to have something quite substantial to help support them. I only grow the sphaerocephalon allium and I had Euphorbias and geranium Anne Folkard in a previous garden with it - both quite big plants which helped support it. I also had some Achilleas in the same area. 


Posted: 07/10/2014 at 07:59

Morning all. Very foggy and cold here. Just been out to feed the birds and the thermometer says 2 degrees. Wondered why there was so  much condensation on the windows! Just as well I had the heating timed to go on for an hour 

Hope all those with ailments are feeling a  bit better today. Think I'll double up on gloves when I do my oven Lesley 

Off to work shortly so will catch up later. 

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