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Couch Grass

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 11:25

Is it a large patch of unplanted ground?  I have used the old carpet teatment very successfully.  Cover the whole area with an old carpet (you may find one at the council tip) and leave for six months (that's the winter accounted for).  This prevents air and light reaching anything and any real tough weeds and grass will be weakened by the struggle against it.  When you lift the carpet the ground can be dug over and the root removed.  Anything that tries to regrow then can be sprayed with glyphosate. Much of the end of my garden needed this treatment as it had been neglected and become overgrown with couch and bramble.

Leaf Mould

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 11:17

I don't know the answer - but I used to be given  bin-bags of leaves swept from the local school playground, many covered in black spots.  All went onto my leaf-store pile and by December I covered the heap with a plastic sheet.  Two to three years to fully compost (gardening involves a lot of patience) but the second year the heap was adjacent to the first one, and in year three I was using the first heap leaving space for that years leaves.  I would never add rose stems or leaves (they go to the council recycling).  I have used this system for more years than I care to remember and have never had a problem or seen any disease introduced into my garden (except the year we all got tomato blight, and that was nothing to do with leaf mould).

I'm sure somebody will tell me that's all wrong.....but it works for me.


Posted: 31/10/2014 at 11:04

What a long discussion!  I was quite saddened reading it through.

As somebody who has gardened since being a toddler, and has learned as I go along, now well into retirement, I love this forum.  I dip in and out, ask about things that puzzle me, make suggestions to identify plants and am happy when someone else has a different suggestion.  I don't have time to read every thread so just click on those that sound of interest.

Sometimes I think things are irrelevant to me - so I don't read on.  Some people have a lot of experience, some have little , but we can all learn from what others say.  Nobody has ever made me feel unwelcome - nobody ever welcomed me to the forum - what does it matter?  We look at the forum because we are interested in gardening and like to share our passion with others.


Invasive shrub

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 10:42

What a kind offer, Charlie B but sadly I am not near and a trifle wary of driving at the moment after being rammed from behind recently (car a write off) following a lesser hit from behind in August.

Nut yo are so wise!  One man's invasion is another man's struggle to get going.  I shall give Pamina another heap of compost to protect her through the winter.....when I've finished lifting and potting up the echeverias.

Indoor Plant

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 14:33

...My mother-in-laws tongue is a tad over a metre high, but I've had it over twenty years now!

Can you help identify this plant (v. 2) ?

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 22:56

I think the leaves have a toxicity which prevent other seeds from germinating beneath them - rather like mimosa.  They also throw up suckers if they are happy!

Can you help identify this plant (v. 2) ?

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:46

Thanks Foxtrot - I'll keep my eyes peeled and secateurs at the ready to pinch a cutting or two when I find one.

Came across this ground covering shrub but need help identifying it. x2 photos

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:44

Wow Mike - I'd never remember a name like that, not sure I can even pronounce it properly without practice either, but it sounds the sort of thing the NT would plant.

Trimming Lavender and Wisteria

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:36

I grow a lot of lavender and secateurs take far too long!  I take the shears and clip them back hard to leave a rounded shape with just a small amount of leaf left - so at last down as far as the bottom red line.  Lavender tends to continue growing from where it left off last year and does not regenerate from below so if you don't trim back rigourously your plants become very leggy in a very few years.  Take care not to trim back into old wood though - you must leave a bit of grey leaf.

My lovely scented trimmings go in amongst the towels and sheets in the airing cupboard!

hyacinths bulbs

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:18

I wonder if it depends where they are grown?  I have clumps which seem to multiply each year and the flowers  continue to be big - but I do feed with tomato fertiliser as the flowers are dying down, and heap a bit of compost over them if I remember.  They are a magnet for slugs and snails as they die down too so I do a regular "collect and dispose".  One comment about growing in glasses - they seem to get top heavy and tumble out if you are not careful!

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