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help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:48

This is what I read in a gardening book ,a very early Readers Digest  edition . I have kept it in reserve . It is for getting rid of bindweed . this is what they said : Dig a deepish Channel along the fence slot in something like thin sheet metal .Keep the soil away from this Channel . as each bit of bindweed starts comming through give it a spurt of weed killer . the weedkiller goes back to the roots and eventuly the weed is nomore .


Now as I say this was in an early edition but you could use an equivelant to metal sheeting and it does sound a good idea for such as bindweed. With the ivy you might get to know at a garden center. I find ,that cutting it off  just encourages it .

Keep the forum informed - I have read only the first  couple of pages here and you have had some good suggestions .

Planting out sweetcorn

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:27

The drinks bottle idea is great this is how I use them ,If you cut off the bottom and push it down in the soil and the top on or off  , if I leave the top off I usualy push a cane down too - just to support it.

My soil is fairly sandy , so the cane insures that it stays in place . - You shouldnt have to cover them for very long now we are into June.

Please can anyone help ID these plants please ??

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:02

          Just agreeing with the others    .The third one does look like another Buddleia.When it flowers youl attract lots of butterflies, Its known as the butterfly bush. 

The first I think as others is a cherry - could be a " bird cherry "    i have a youg cherry tree , cant remember exactley which -but for me its a bird cherry because they beat me to the few fruit left on after the June drop.


Growing melons in a greenhouse

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:28

I have grown melons for a few years now, I grow them to the opposit my cucs exactley the same . But I dont pollinate them myself . I leave the door open to let insects in to do the job for me . I then keep the door shut.

When I put this greenhouse up it was specialy for cucs, reading they liked steamy /wet conditions I had dug down a foot , the idea being a sunken green house . I then put a base of  a concrete mix , . Built sides  up to ground level with a 3 course of bricks .

I now drop down a foot into a constant pool of water . I keep it topped up . Grandchildren see to this , a great game !

I stand my pots on house bricks so that the pots are not constantley stood in water . The cucs love it , I use F1 hybryds so no time wasted removing male flowers.

The melons develop on there own . I get roughly 6 from each plant .I put them in nets only if they get too big .

Its a truble free  green house works every time too !

New to Forum, needing some help

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 21:10

Would using a unheated propergator help with the heat ?, it would keep them warm on cold days  - what do others think ?

But also using bubble wrap to line your greenhouse as suggested would help too .

Identify my mystery plant!

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:57

It looks like the Skimmia family - I think the leaves look about right colour , I have several differant ones some have dark green leaves others they are same as yours . They are a slow grower , yours was the size of mine 12 yrs ago which I inherited when we moved into this property . It now is 3ft and about the same spread. hope this helps

Expensive perennial plug plants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:56

I have just complained to J Parkers , I sent for an oriental poppy collection These looked lovely in the catalogue . £12  96   for  4 . plus about £4 p. p.

Okey  I thought to myself  I dont expect them to be massive plants but even if they are only a couple of inches they will grow on quickly and at least once I have them they will grow each year , make a good clump that I can split in future years . So when they arrived I couldnt believe what they had sent  Im sure they had got mixed up or something . I got 4 bits of very dried up rubbish that I supposed was root at one time, root  in a bag of 3 tblsp of powdery compost ( Yes I did measure it ! )  The longest bit was 3 inches long . So planted these bits as instructed in my border of sandy soil with well rotted manure ( which describes my soil conditions to the " T " ).That was  3 weeks ago , checked today and even the 3 inch bit of dried up root has dissintegrated. .  I have just emailed them . When you think the size of a poppy plant and then they send you a bit of root for xnumber of pounds - crikey! they are making a fortune. I feel that when they are sending root cuttings it should be stated in the description of the plant .

, Picking up the thread of  plug plants I get mine from jersy direct, and Im well satisfied - free postage too !

But I also agree with fidgetbones , the garden centers so at least you see what your getting.



Walnut Tree

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 23:26

My mum planted a walnut from supermarket , it was fruiting in 8 yrs .  its massive now . the nuts are oval shape and are very hard to crack open . it fruits July Ours took 10yrs to fruit around august/ september  the shells are soft and break easily.

Watermelon in the UK?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 23:19

I have never seen the seeds for an actual water melon in gardens/ nurseries  , would you use the seed from your own  watermelon ?

Other melons grow well in a greenhouse though .


Bindweed? Knotweed? advice appreciated

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 19:58

If you want to get rid of it you have to dig down and get every tiny bit of thr root. Any which is left will start a new plant .

If it was not near your pond I would say attach some lengths of it in a poly bag  ,   Bruise the leaves and spray lightly with Gipsophalate , close the bag up . This will get through to the roots . The bag idea stops the weedkiller getting on other plants .

BUT as it is near the fishpond Im not sure, Trouble with bindweed it smothers everything else.

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