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Ornamental grass and ground elder

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 20:33

I think the best way for you to deal with this is to dig up the plant itself as well as the surrounding border soil.  You can then tease/pull the unwanted stuff out & away from the plant/roots and then re-plant it, after you've cleared the rest of the bed too.  It won't matter too much if it takes you a couple of hours or so - provided you don't leave it in the sun - and then make sure you re-plant it in a deep-ish hole which you've previously filled to the brim with water & left to soak away.  That way it stands a good chance of not even noticing you've had to uproot it.  These sort of grasses are really tough - but you'll need to be ruthless about removing absolutely any-and-everything else that you don't want in the border, otherwise you'll have to keep on repeating the whole procedure!  Good luck!

Puny Asparagus

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 20:21

It might depend on which variety of sparrowgrass you've got there.  Were you expecting those rather large fat white-ish spears?  If so, you could well be disappointed, because I don't know of anyone who grows that sort other than commercially - and probably not even in this country.  If you take a look at the asparagus you can buy in a supermarket you can tell that what's most common is the variety which produces spears which are of the sort of size you've described.  There are people round here who do grow it commercially, and what they sell isn't the "white fat spear" sort.  Actually I don't think it matters much what it looks like as long as it tastes OK!

Unknown Plant

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 20:54

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but...........Japanese Knotweed is a really serious problem for you.  If you google around a bit, you'll begin to understand what I mean.  It seems to me that it's coming through from an adjacent property, and if the owners there won't co-operate with any measures you take to eradicate it, you'll never succeed..

It's a relative recent problem in this country - & was probably introduced as some sort of ornamental plant - and the result has meant that its presence has made some properties "unsaleable".  Check out "notifiable weeds" on the internet too, as to how to deal with j/knotweed.  For example, there are all sorts of rules & regs as to how you may dispose of it.

I'd suggest you consider getting some sort of professional help, as it's not just a matter of applying weedkiller. 

Horse Manure - what to do with it

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 15:50

This one for Frank - because I can't send a pm - glad to see you back!  All the best.  Ma.

Lupin from seeds

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:13

"hardening off" means that the very young plants need to get accustomed to lower temperatures than, say, a greenhouse or conservatory before you put them in your flowerbed.  You'd need to put them (still in their pots) in a sheltered spot for a few days so that they won't suffer too much of a shock when they are finally planted out.  If you don't harden them off first, they might be affected by changes in temperature outside in the garden.

Advice re: building a wire trellis for wisteria

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 15:28

Hello Gl - if you've not already been out & bought your wisterias, I'd suggest you wait a while yet because you won't be sure you've got one which is mature enough to start flowering.  Wisterias can take some years before they get to that stage, so it's best to buy one which is flower at the time of purchase, and then you'd be reasonably certain that it would flower for you sooner rather than later.

The other bit of advice would be to make sure you don't plant it too close to the wall, and to dig a big planting hole which you can fill with some good compost before you finally put the plant in position.  If plants are too close to a wall they don't often get the moisture they need, and in almost every case the soil near a house wall is quite poor ref plant nutrients as well.  The last thing I'd suggest is that you remember to water it - even during the autumn.  It will need moisture for most of the year.

Magpie Seen Caching Food

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 20:56

What seedlings are they?  If oak, then the chances are it's jays which are the culprits.  There are three little oak trees in my garden now - all of which were "planted" by jays.  The other small tree - a horsechestnut - was "planted" by a squirrel.   The jays have tried their best to grow oak trees in my hedge too - I often watch them burying acorns there, but so far only one has grown into anything recognisable - maybe the jays remembered where they'd hidden the acorns and came back again when they were hungry!

raised ponds.built out of sleepers and scaffolding boards

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 10:40

Oh dear...............  I wonder just how I've managed to survive all these years?  Even more - how I survived childhood days spent fishing for "tiddlers" in the local ponds and streams, managing to get home safely after hours spent riding a bike or my pony (without a hard hat!) and so on...........    I really think people have got to give children some sort of opportunities to do things which aren't totally without risk of any sort.  At this rate, we'll soon be advised to keep them confined to a cot or playpen until they reach their teens - and then what would happen..!  By all means don't make a pond which would have a very deep part which might be unnecessarily dangerous - but most of all, teach them to know and understand what rules you have as a family and let them take a few chances about getting wet!

Polluted ground

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 11:33

thanks Edd - when I've more time, I'll read through that thread.   Although I do know that there are things one shouldn't pour down the drains, I also know that there are lots of people who are unaware of that!  My work for an estate agent - I show people round houses in a rural area - means that I meet all sorts of people who have never come across private drainage systems.

 I often meet people who, having read in the sales brochure that there's oil central heating and private drainage at a property, are confused as to what's what.  For instance,  they'll sometimes mistake one of those green plastic oil storage tanks for a septic tank!  Yes - Really!. ...........  when I point out that in fact the drainage system is totally underground and that what they're looking at is in fact an oil storage tank, their next question is usually "oh! - so, how often will I have to fill it?"........................................


So, having been brought up in the country, and living in the country, I'm quite aware of lots of stuff which people who've only ever lived in towns don't even think about, hence my thought that sometimes stuff which shouldn't get there often ends up in a septic tank.  In answer to another poster, yes - I do know about plucking and dressing poultry, and about management of muck heaps and the ways of using farmyard manure.  My father was a farmer and I grew up on a farm.  I'm also much much older than many of the people who post on this forum (David K knows what I'm going on about!) so have seen lots of changes during my lifetime, whether it's getting a proper septic tank system instead of having a cesspit, and having central heating instead of just open fires................!

Polluted ground

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 19:35

Raw sewage - whether the neighbours are fit & healthy or not - is something which you shouldn't have to deal with.  It won't be simply what you might call "human waste" but will contain all sorts of chemicals too - just think of bleach and lavatory cleaners for instance.  Some people even pour things like paint solvents down drains, so the chances are the afffected ground will have to be dealt with in some way rather than left to recover over time.  If it were my garden, I'd want it dug out and removed completely, because any residues can  - and probably would - remain for for a very long time.   

The neighbour ought to be responsible for any costs involved, but I can see a difficult situation arising here if it's proven that tree roots from somewhere beyond his garden boundary turn out to be the cause of the problem.


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