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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.

cat poo in veg patch

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 11:15

Toxoplasmosis can't be transmitted via the actual veg.

The problem might be with any soil left on root crops. If you wash them well, and then peel (and boil) there should be no problem.

 Any leafy stuff for salads eaten raw, might be more of a problem, I always wash mine and leave it to soak in salty water (mainly to make any caterpillars float off), but I don't think that would kill toxoplasmosis eggs.

Anything like beans  or peas that are up in the air, will be fine.

Try to deter cats from using your beds as litter trays by sticking sharp stuff like holly prunings in it, or use enclosed netted areas.(enviromesh tunnels)

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