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Posted: 19/06/2016 at 09:10

BM - even after shifting those r***y slabs on Friday, and my walk yesterday, the bit of me that hurts is my ribs, just below my right 'lady bump' ()  We got a new cutting machine at work which has a long, pull lever, and it takes a bit of effort initially to get it to work as I haven't quite got the technique yet. The handle was catching me there because I was leaning all my weight on it.  


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 09:05

Hmmm. I've posted on the other thread you posted on. It's really not advisable to recommend a product like this for getting rid of weeds of any kind. A lot of damage to the surrounding soil is inevitable as it will kill all the beneficial organisms in it. 

Using a proprietary weedkiller after bruising the stems will do the job. Repeat applications will no doubt be needed, but that's part and parcel of gardening. Vigilance too, to keep on top of it. 

Horse Tail weed

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 08:59

I'd steer clear of using anything like that. There will be damage to the surrounding soil as it leaches into it, which in turn destroys all the other beneficial organisms. 

Bruising the stems and applying a safer, proprietary weedkiller designed for the purpose, will do the job. After that, vigilance and repeat applications will help to keep it at bay. 

What to underplant a peony with?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 08:43

I'd go for geraniums too. They'll hide some of the (rather abundant foliage ) after the paeony flowers, and add interest to that area. Quite important when you consider they don't flower for very long and the border is narrow. Easier to deal with in a big, deep border as there would be plenty of other planting to look at  

Karen Carpenter goodbye to love

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 08:38

I've seen a few of these documentaries/programmes  Logan. Desperately sad story, and eating disorders weren't widely talked about or treated seriously. I'd like to think if she was around today she'd have got more help.

I still find it hard to listen to her beautiful voice now without feeling a lump in my throat.

Privet prunning

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 08:34

Pruning promotes new growth so that's the reason for cutting back new hedging a bit when it's planted. I'd give the ones in the first pic a tidy up to get a nice 'hedge' shape, as they seem to be thriving, and you could take an inch or two off the  tops of the others. Just use your own judgement as to how much you take off. The different soil conditions will affect them , but over time they'll sort themselves out. Keep the area around them weed free and watch they don't go short of water over the summer.

I think they all look quite well established - any hedging takes a little while to get going. The ones in the last pic look the least happy. If you can add a bit more nourishment to the surrounding soil, and give them a general feed they might help them on their way. Water thoroughly afterwards and add a mulch to prevent any moisture loss. Privet is tough - in another year they'll be fine I reckon. 

Your biggest worry might be the person spraying weedkiller around though, so it might be worth putting some windbreak netting or similar along the fence in those areas to add a bit more protection. 


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 08:17

I won't be racing anywhere BM....

I never seem to sleep well after a walk Joyce, no matter how long a day I have. It's the following night it seems to be better. If I doze off over my lunch, just give me a shout  

I have fenceposts to put in, and a gate to move, and slabs to shift for the new path round the 'stension, stuff to repot or plant,  and grass to cut and.....big sigh 

Not sure too much of that will get done! 

What's eating my dahlia stems?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:58

Hose or hand  for me too, but Dove's right - get birds in your garden and they'll do the job for you.They love my clematis.  Slugs and snails are likely to be eating your plants too. The joys of gardening! I have virtually no greenfly/aphids of any kind. I try to steer clear of plants which are really  susceptible, which helps, but I realise that people want to grow particular plants and it can be a big issue. 

If you suddenly get a big infestation - usually when the weather warms up, there's some rain and therefore new, soft growth, you can use the hose to clear the worst of them initially. After that, blue tits, in particular, will pick them off as they feed their young. 

creating a soil bed for bushes

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:47

Good joke Jujju 

I agree with Dove - some manure will benefit, and loosening up the bottom or it can be like putting soil over concrete. Some grit will also help if you have high rainfall. It will allow you to plant things which prefer sharper drainage.

Ladybird - I've never heard of avoiding B, F&B for acid lovers - is there a specific reason for that?  I've always add some B,F&B when I put plants in, regardless of type.  

Hosta alternative

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:39

I'll echo what the others have said - lots of them are very happy in sun as long as their feet are happy in some damp soil.

If you can ensure they have enough moisture, you can have your hostas - no problem,  Emma  

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