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Spraying weeds growing in neighbours garden

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 08:57

A bit of back ground.

I have for the last three years sprayed the weeds that grow in neighbours garden up the wire fence that divides the gardens, by mutual consent.

The neighbour was elderly and his gardeners were only pulling out weeds in the middle of the garden , I say pulling out breaking the tops off and leaving roots is more like it.

My neighbor's son was aware of my spraying and did his best to assist in making sure not too much weed came my side of the fence. I also washed the near side of next doors garden with slug nematodes to keep the ever growing population in my garden down.

I now have new neighbors who apart from sticking up a shed and clearing a patch of crocosmia to plant some beans have left the weeds on the boundary to go mad.

The slugs and snails are coming through like mad as the patch cleared for the shed and beans was the slug and snail central command,  under the thick foliage of blue bells elephant ears and crocosmia .

I have no intention of buying extra nematodes to do the near part of their garden this year, but is it ok to spray through a wire fence to limit the weeds ?

Slug explosion

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:30

Nematodes yes they say they only work for six weeks but the effect lasts all summer and into the next. As you seriously dent the population.

I have always suffered with slugs never been able to grow a delphinium had slugs so bad 2013 and worse in 2014 i couldn't grow much at all large plants got eaten over night and despite thousands of seeds not one came up.

2015 large application of nematodes did mine and near side of neighbours weed and slug haven and five weeks  later second application , I have snails this year a few more than would like but not excessive but still barely a slug in sight.

last year I planted delphiniums and this year i have got huge clumps of green awaiting blue spires.

weed large leaves 18 inches ish and tiny blue flowers

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:09

Many thanks 

looked up alkanet and found this   and it is.

This says its related to borage which is interesting.


Suggestions for a novice please

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 11:53

Hi Amy its a bit late for parsnips this year they are a really slow crop.

Spuds are great as they help loosen the soil for next year.

I am by no means an expert but have over the last few years I have put in raised beds and been growing veg in my garden. 

My never fails are:

runner beans as long as you dig in muck and newspaper in a trench underneath. these are very generous a dozen plants will give you a big handfull a day in july august. french beans I think are not so generous i find the tall varieties are better.

Spuds are good fun and new potatoes never taste as good as home grown 

I often find carrots get slugged badly overcame this last year with an early dose of nematodes. edge the carrot patch with chives to keep the carrot root fly away

Lettuces are good i like these started on the window sill and i find loose leafed varieties work best and rocket if you like it grows better than any weed.

Chard is pretty and easy spinach not so pretty but easy to get a lot out of a small space you can pick a good bucket of spinach a week from a six foot row in the summer.

spring onions are good and seeds for purple spring onions are as cheap as for white and add so much colour. I find normal onions disappointing.

Courgettes are the most  generous crop.

My rule of thumb is grow stuff i like or have never seen before , if it is always green in the shop then if you can find it in yellow purple red etc grow the unusual colour its no more difficult. Yellow courgettes, purple carrots , yellow and purple french beans , stripy yellow or black tomatoes. And always add plenty of well rotted muck to the soil.

If your in shade leafy stuff (spinach, lettuce)and in full sun fruiting stuff (toms and cues).

Your not trying to much, my first year i fell asleep on a half manured half dug raised bed my husband found me and said he had never seen me look so shattered and so messy but so happy.

weed large leaves 18 inches ish and tiny blue flowers

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 11:12

I have a weed in my garden  big leaves like a fox gloves leaves just itchyer. and tiny blue flowers like a "birdseye speedwell"

I had this weed come up in the veg patch about 3 or 4 years ago never spread just stayed there cut down now and again and i quite liked the little flower.

then last year it came up in one place in the flower garden now it is swamping the whole garden this year with these immense long thick tap roots.

Any ideas what this is ?

I do weed my garden quite a lot as next door supplies me with brambles, nettles, sticky weed, dandelions, buttercups  and convolvulus in shed loads so am always digging out weed roots but this new weed seems to have the root of all roots



Petition to stop cancelling GW

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 17:40


Monty - just saying......

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 17:35

Monty always seems happier to me when he is in the veg patch. Have seen him weave raised beds before on fork to fork  which was a C4 programme years ago and I think thats when he is at his best in the veggie patch.

annual pick me up and inspiration removed from u tube

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 17:30

Every year before the nice weather comes and before i get going in the garden I watch the old channel four series Fork to fork its great to just get me inspired. Haven't watched this year as been ill and not bale to garden.

Seeing Monty weave his raised beds last night on Gardeners World made me think of logging on and watching this series, but its gone been removed from you tube and as i don't think it ever went to video my veg gardening inspiration is lost.

I understand its probably copy right etc but as its not on video does anybody lose by putting it on youtube ?

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 17:17

Oh your all so sweet Lou12, dovefromabove and shirley Kennedy big hugs

Suffolk is lovely my great grandmother who i never met lived in Ufford , had loads of children and grandchildren none of whom I have ever met. but I love the area . my g grandmothers house was one of the pink houses with icing i have seen pics apparently some american lives in her house now has extended loads but still the same from the front. 

Its funny how we fall in love with places, Suffolk for me seems to be the opposite to all Rickmansworth in hertfordshire is and it is about real people love of gardening love of food and so much beauty without pretentiousness,where as Rickmansworth is about pretence and career minded met line loving cold  money worshipping . 

I know parts of suffolk are getting a bit city slicker but i intend to stay away from the good train lines. 

Buying veg plug plants online

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 05:30

rocket gardens excellent organic veg supplier of plug plants and any issues they will replace or refund. Only issues I have ever really had have been  due to weather etc and out of suppliers control. I must say the plants have been far better than local garden centres and far far better than the diy stores. Also certified organic at rocket, huge choice of veg as well

OOh advert over but am a big fan

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