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Saving rotten wooden trellises

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 09:08


Saving rotten wooden trellises

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:33

In the garden there is a wooden pergola/arbour with wisteria trained up it that is looking a bit decrepit. Two years of constant rain have made it warp and crack and in a couple of places it looks like the wood of the posts has rotted under the ground. The wisteria looks great though.

I'm not sure how much longer the pergola has but it will take a lot of careful wisteria growing with it when it goes. Is there anything I can do to prolong its life? The wisteria has twined around most of the wooden spars, so it is not very accessible to paint with anything.

Compost help

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:16

Thank you Steve!

Compost help

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 11:16

Thank you very much for all of this. Back to the drawing board for me. Fitgetbones, I don't have any grass to mow but I do have a heap of dead sedge grass which is quite straw-like. Is that any use?

Compost help

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 13:53

As a fairly new gardener, I left my garden for a year so that I could see what was planted in it.

What took me quite a long time to get the hang of is how to compost, and for over a year I have been throwing uncooked kitchen waste on the heap along with almost everything I cut out of the garden, ie no "brown" waste, and the heap has never as far as I know got hot, or 'cooked'.

The result of the leave-it-and-see gambit was that I experienced an absolute infestation of dandelions and what I now know to be green alkanets, all of which have gone on the heap.

Apart from being in need of a good source of failsafe advice on how to compost, my question is: can I use what I have got? It's all rotted down and so on but is it now too rich for my plants? And will it not just increase my supply of green alkanets? I definitely have more than enough of those.

If I have just created an unusable heap, is there anything I can do to it to make it usable?

Mulberry Mould

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:37

Thank you! " Clean air"  is not the first thing that springs to mind when I think of the garden so this is something of a surprise.

Mulberry Mould

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:29

That's a great relief, thank you very much. Why is it a good sign?

Mulberry Mould

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:17

Hello, I have a very old mulberry tree with blueish mould on a few parts of the trunk. Last summer it gave a big healthy crop. SHould I be concerned about the mould? I have attached a photo of the trunk.


Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:44

Verdun thank you so much, that is all very encouraging and most useful. I understand about not replanting, but it's definitely the right plant for that place.

As to the type of sedge, I'm afraid I have no idea. It's not sword - the leaves are much thinner and finer - but it looks a bit like it. A muddy green colour, brownish towards the tips. Does this help?

Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 10:31

Thank you, Welshonion. I am not a well-educated gardener, so please excuse the naivety of these questions - but can you combat that by lining the hole with some fish and blood mix or some horse manure or something?

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