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Talkback: How to grow marginal pond plants

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:35

I have a horseshoe shaped pond around a home-made gazebo and I was foolish enough to put a Zantedeschia into it, in a basket on the ledge. I say 'foolish' because it has now taken over the pond, spreading all over the surface, with roots just dangling in the water. It laughs at my East Anglian winters. Not sure if my water lily is still alive under it. So plant it by all means but keep an eye on it!

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 22:20
Sorry to disagree about foxes, they kill what is available at the time with the intention of taking them away and burying them to dig up later when food is scarce. A bit like us filling our freezers! They don't usually have enough time to get them all away before being disturbed. Agree with you about the hedgehogs and pigeons, though.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 13/01/2012 at 20:36

Hi KasAnkers - my suggestion is runner & climbing French beans - lots of lovely beans to eat and plenty to put in the freezer for the winter. I grown mine 6 - 8 plants in 15 inch pots with 8 foot canes. Water every morning and feed with tomato fertilizer and seaweed once or twice a week - I can't pick them fast enough! For runners, I suggest Armstrong from Mr Fothergills. My late husband said it was the best bean he had ever tasted and he was right!

Talkback: Couch grass

Posted: 13/01/2012 at 20:20
A few years ago it was possible to buy a weedkiller that only killed grasses and didn't affect the plants growing around it, then it disappeared from the shelves! It was brilliant but now my garden is filled with this grass again - impossible to dig it all out. My son suggests napalm - anyone got any better ideas?

Talkback: Field bindweed

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
No matter how much I dug/sprayed/covered ground with old carpet - up it came again! Now I wait until there is a good growth from a few plants together (easier if they are given a cane to climb up), fill an old jar with weedkiller and stuff all the top growth into it. They take it in through the leaves and it dies right back to the root. A heavy infestation may need this treatment more than once but much easier than digging. Works with brambles, too!
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