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Jennifer Deegan

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Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:19

We have the same situation in my parent's house, and the neighbour who owns the woodland next door glyphosates the bracken regularly. It keeps it well in check. Bracken is a tricky thing to live with, because the spores are carcinogenic if you are exposed to large amounts for long periods over several years. Best to attack it head on. I'm not sure if weed supressing membrane works for bracken. It might just lift it up and carry on through your garden. I suspect that even very organic folks would have to go with glyphosate in this case, just as if they had japanese knotweed. 

Herbaceous Peony bot growing

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 09:55

Thanks for posting Rosie31. Really interesting to know the timeframe to expect. 

unwanted grass

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 17:25

welshonion: that's a very extreme understanding of organic - I usually assume that I'm organic if I'm not using chemicals that could poison anything. I have a very large and happy population of frogs living under some black membrane in my garden. Your second suggestion is also very effective, and one that I am using in my garden just now. It's quick and hard work, while the membrane approach is slow and easy. Up to the preference of the OP, how much work they are prepared or able to do, or how much they are prepared to pay someone to do. I gather from the OP that they have mobility problems, so heavy digging may not be an option. Good thought though. 

Herbaceous Peony bot growing

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 17:17

Interesting! Is it possible that this one is one that has been split from a larger plant, and that that's why it's taking time to settle? Mine is huge and has both the buds and tubers well above ground after 80 or so years in the same spot. I love paeonies, by the way. The explosive growth is one of my favourite things in the garden, and the flowers are a bonus. 

Herbaceous Peony bot growing

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 09:05

Good luck!

unwanted grass

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 04:16

I am trying to remove a lawn just now, but organically, and it is hard going. Are you doing it organically? If you are not in a rush then you could just cover the whole lawn with a double layer of black weed supressing membrane and wait a year. I think that would work, but I am just trying it myself now, so I won't know until next year. I dug up a large part of my lawn, but that is hard going. 

If you are paving over it, would it make sense to have some rotavate and then flatten the ground, lay double black weed supressing membrane and the lay the paving over it? Where I've laid my membrane the grass is definitely not growing any more, and would only start growing again if I let the sunlight in. If you're going to pave over then it probably doesn't matter whether the grass is actually dead before you pave, as long as the light is excluded. Double membrane under the paving should do this. (Shouldn't it? Grass is very surprising stuff.) 

If you're not organic then glyphosate would do it, but I'm not so keen on glyphosating very large areas. 


Herbaceous Peony bot growing

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 04:06

bobnmal's advice sounds good. Peonies like to set in their spot for years and just get on with things. If you can just keep the plants round about from covering it over then it might just explode into growth nicely next year. We have one in a very hot place in our front garden that just gets bigger and bigger every year, and it is crammed into a tiny hole in the paving. By contrast, my grandma had one in nice soft abundant soil in her cooler wetter Glasgow garden, and it was just as happy. The rule I've always heard with peonies is not to move them, and just let them settle in for a few years. Fingers crossed!

Help the new person

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 03:51

I've always had a notion to grow swede actually. Good to know about the late sowing down south. 

Gooseberry help!

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 03:39

Is it possible that the gooseberry with the red leaves is in very hot sun compared to the other two? Plants make this kind of pigment as a sort of suntan lotion sometimes. Possibly a bit of shade would help. 


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 03:33


Have you seen Mr Bloom's Nursery on CBeebies? It's a bit young for your daughter, but very enjoyable and comes with actual gardening lessons. I also watched the Beechgrove garden and Gardener's World on tv when I was your daughter's age. I found the tv programmes much more accessible than books at that age and soaked up a load of information from them. Beechgrove is particularly good for accessible, step-by-step gardening lessons. I ended up doing a botany degree, so it must have worked. Good luck with your gardening!


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