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weed whos name evades me

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 16:10



Posted: 07/07/2013 at 16:03

For persistent weeds I would have  cut it down to a foot. Spray with glyphosate. Spray again in 3 weeks, and 3 weeks after that. That should sort them. Just burying a lot of weeds  will have no effect because their roots go down up to 20ft in some cases.

 If you have gabions, the bindweed will just grow through it.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:46

I think I would try concrete posts, with a concrete panel  at the bottom which could retain some soil, topped by a wooden panel.

Confession- slug olympics

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:41

Idid try putting them on the lawn for the blackbirds but the blackbirds turned their beaks up and went back to the bird muesli



Posted: 07/07/2013 at 14:55

I assume you mean pelargoniums (bedding geraniums) they are tender and will not survive a frost.  You either keep them in a heated area or buy new each year

comfrey liquid feed

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 14:46

I made mine in a dustbin with 4 sacks full of comfrey leaves and a weight on top. It squashed down as it fermented to about a foot deep, but it still stinks.

penstemon cuttings - too late?

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 12:08

Any time from now to the end of august.

Usual procedure as you have listed.

Confession- slug olympics

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 12:02

No but it means they can't climb out of the recycling bin. When I chuck weeds in I always find a few clinging to the lid, just waiting to escape.

I did  read a story about country folk making pies out of them during the war, to supplement the meat ration. Mixed with a few kidneys and some stock from bones.  Not for me. I don't do molluscs.  That includes, squid, calamari, octopus, gourmet snails, whelks, mussels, clams, ormer,oysters and scallops.   I'd sooner eat an apple any day of the week.

weed whos name evades me

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 11:45

I have this in my garden. It comes out from the ancient hedge line(mainly hawthorn),on long  underground runners like a white dead nettle. It is perennial. I just keep yanking it out when its finished flowering. The insects like it a lot.

The purple dead nettle is an annual.

Confession- slug olympics

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 11:26

If you want to  test whether they're homing snails, put a blob of paint or nail varnish on the shells before you lob them. When you find the painted ones, you know what to do next time. Put them in a jam jar of  common kitchen salt.

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