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Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 15:20

I was digging it out under our side of the fence because I was pregnant at the time and didn't want to spray.  We had loose soil so I was getting on top of it, would have been a different story on clay.  I gave the old fella next door a watering can and a bottle of the stuff.  I reckon he used it once then started pulling it up.  It browned the leaves slightly but he should have left it and repeated the treatment. He was reluctant to use it in the first place because he said it would contaminate the soil despite my claims otherwise.  So I think if he'd continued using it yes it would have worked.  It was everywhere, the soil was compacted and he was in his 80s so it was really the only option. 

Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 12:39

No problem we had a similar problem where we used to live with ground elder coming in from our elderly neighbour's garden, be thankful you've just got Virginia Creeper!

Just be careful if there's a breeze though as it can get blown onto plants you want to keep.  If it is windy put a bag over the bit you want to spray and spray inside.  The plastic should speed up the take up process as well.

Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 11:21

Glyphosate will kill the plant right down to the roots if used properly and allowed to work.  It is absorbed by the leaves then taken down to the roots which is why someone said if you spray the foliage your side it will kill the plant their side.  Just keep redoing it until the plant dies, best on a hot day as the plant will take it up more readily than on and overcast cool day.  Afterward you will have to cut all the dead material back but don't do this until it's dead or you're wasting your time.  You don't cut it back then spray as the new growth takes up the poison better than tougher growth.  

Tree Planting

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 09:30

Try one of the crab apples, you can either make the fruit into preserves or leave them for the birds.

still trying with peaches

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 13:42

Good luck 

still trying with peaches

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 11:25

Yep I suspect they wouldn't like the salt air either.  Ours is in a pot and our greenhouse is unheated and is only 4 x 6 I think so you will do fine with one in a large pot inn yours.  We had ripe peaches in the first year when we kept it outside it's just the dreaded peach leaf curl means I keep in inside rather than have the faff of lifting a heavy pot back and forth.  I don't like to use sprays especially on things we're going to eat you see.  Our Bonanza is only a metre tall and came as a standard.

still trying with peaches

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 09:52

Probably not sadly.  I keep mine in the greenhouse all year now to prevent peach leaf curl and we had 16 peaches this year on 'Pigmy Bonanza'.  If you can't keep it inside you'll need to protect it from frost and also from rains which carry the spores for peach leaf curl.  You will have a better chance if it's planted against a South facing wall.

Plants for wildlife

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 18:11

I have echinacea in a pot, the bees like that,, heuchera which the hoverflies like and nepeta.

Newbie help required

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 11:31

I don't know what's wrong with your apple but get rid of the effected bits asap and don't compost them so it can't spread.  At least this will buy you some time until you find out the problem.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 10:55

Probably it is field maple if it's a more mature tree tbh I don't think it matters, maple, sycamore and acer are all the same family aren't they?  Definitely not fig as the leaves and stems are not fleshy enough.

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