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Personal Ad - desperately seeking curly kale!!

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 22:25

Mr fothergills have dwarf curly kale seed. You still have time to sow  seed for your own plants.If you order tonight online they will post it tomorrow.

Posh seed or weed?

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 22:13

I think thats a weed. What sort of datura did you sow?

Advice on climbers

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 18:52

For a south facing wall I would put a jasmine.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 16:58

You can plant as soon as the weeds are cleared.  Glyphosate doesn't persist in the soil. So as soon as the plant has died down, fork out any debris and you should have a clean bed for planting in. You need to spray on a still day as any drift of spray will kill any tree or grass it hits. If you accidentally get it on something you want to keep, wash it well with a hosepipe. If it rains within 24 hours you will need to repeat.

Paraquat and diquat will run through soil and can contaminate water courses. Sodium chlorate will persist in the soil for three years.

It might not be immediate, in that you may need a few weeks for it to kill something, but it is the least damaging to soil,and best for taprooted weeds.

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.

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Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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