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Talkback: Dealing with bindweed

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 09:37
Never thought of getting the bind weed to grow up a stick n then treating it...I like so many others have it coming thru from a real problem is an ever increasing patch of ground elder which is intertwined w neighbours silver birch tree so I cannot dig it out. It is now invading our lawn too. Any ideas pls?

Talkback: Water butts and hoverflies

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 09:18
Thanx flumpy1 I'll try the tights idea. At present I use them as ties softer on the stems than commercial ties n last ages, often not as noticeable either (depending on the colour used obviously!). My problem is the bird bath I have. Anyone know how long mozzies stay as larva? In other words how often do I need to totally replace the water to prevent them becoming adult?

Wild flowers

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:59
Just a little later in the year the knapweed will be in flower. It is always covered in hover flies and bees but I haven't seen an over abundance of hover flies either.

Wild flowers

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 10:31
I have a bees nest in the garden nearly every year n at the beginning of the year this year was no exception, but it seems to have been neglected. This is nothing strange, quite often the early nests r abandoned. There r bees in the flew down the front of my tee shirt this morning...(don't worry we both live to tell the tale) but there r definitely less bees this year n less variety. However there do seem to be more Shakespeare apparently called them.

My grass seed is growing (help please)

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 12:54

He is over 80, gardened all his life, was a farmer until he retired, really knows his stuff...I would have thought that as he bought it bagged it would have already cooled down...he has done the same thing year in year out, so I think on this occasion it may have been the compost...I employ a no dig system stops the cats, but in any case you can't see a lot of soil it is covered by plants...but use my own compost for everything including seeds...tomatoes etc.

My grass seed is growing (help please)

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 12:33

I thought it said on Roundup tins that it will keep weeds down for 6 months, though I'm not an expert on weed killer...I know that a very good gardner friend got some compost from council - put it on his garden and killed had to take everything out compost he had bought up, and start again with compost from my organic garden...I wonder if you can still see the grass seed?  The only reason I ask is that the pigeons may have eaten it...hopefully nothing else or they may have been killed by the weed killer too.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 23:04

Quite amazed to see Kalmia Latifolia out in full bloom...along with most of the normals for this time of year...also frogs 'at it' thankfully with each other rather than the fish, which they have drowned in previous years...doves are canoodling too...lets hope when the blossoms bloom forth that they are not dessimated with a late frost, as we have had hardly any this year.

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 10:12

Hi all, don't know whether this is the right page to post this...but I have recently cleaned out greenhouse ready for 2013's tomato and cucumber abundance, and have now put all the spent compost in compost bin after removing the new compost for this years greenhouse...don't ask me how I did this, the logistics were incredible...however, what I don't know is how long before I can reuse this spent compost, as it looks like compost rather than kitchen/garden other query is that my hubby refuses to change from Tetley teabags, which I find annoyingly uncompostable, and have resorted to taking the one worm from each bag, and putting the composted tea in the compost and throwing the bag away.  Does anyone else have problems with tea bags, or is it something peculiar to my compost?  One other thing folks, I shred twigs etc., also collect leaves for leaf mould and along with healthy amount of de-teabaged compost, can I combine the three for the ultimate potting mixture or should I use the three independently of each other?  Thanks for any advice forthcoming.  Cheers folks and happy gardening.

Talkback: How to grow early strawberries

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 16:43

To get an abundance of fruit you need to feed strawberries with high potash...don't know whether it will work at this time of year...I usually do it in September, then just use organic strawberry feed through the summer.  Get loads usually, and have grown in old washing up bowls strung up in trees and in the greenhouse, and strawberry tubs and strangely enough the ones that grow between the slabs on the patio are generally the best...the grandchildren walk on the plants and run their tractors and cars into them, but still they persist...they are like weeds.  I have to put fleece around them which I peg down with old fashioned hair pins, because Mrs. Blackbirds insists I was growing them for her, along with cherries.  I even put a full sized effigy of a hawk dangling from a tree close by, but that didn't work to deter her either!

Growing veg with little space

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 23:51

Don't forget the fruits... I grow tomatoes with my strawberries in an old round washing up bowl - holes in bottom for drainage and hung up in a lilac tree.  Also grow with nasturtiums, (I can't spell that either) and have had gr8 success with marrows in a 12" pot, need to feed regularly, I have bilberries in pots, and in a thin wedge of soil about 9" deep by 9" across, up against a east facing wall I have a peach, kiwi and cherry, plus summer green beans, oh and a passion fruit (also edible, but haven't had any fruit off that yet).  Radish did so well, I don't like them anymore - I grew cucumber in a pot in a shed converted into a greenhouse and although spindly it cropped really well.  Best thing about pots, if you have to you can move them and last year with all the rain, I kept taking them out of their trays in order to drain the water, also extended the season by dragging stuff into the shed!  I also store home made compost in a dustbin, and if I have any surplus compost not in use elsewhere, I just bung some spuds that have chitted in the cupboard, and get a few extra for no cost, they would have gone on the compost anyway!  I also grow strawberries in the cracks between the slabs on the patio, they sometimes get trodden on and then the birds eat them, but the presence of birds tends to keep the slugs and snails under control too.

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