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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:41

I don't know who's in charge of the weather today but reckon they could ease up on the wind!   It's whipping round here at a  fair old lick.   Not friendly.


Painting then, now that we've got the shopping done.


Gorgeous lily Hosta.

Chicken resistant plants?

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:37

You might find this thread helpful:-


http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/thread/?threadId=377779

Glysophosphate

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:31

Someone has actually researched this and measured a 10yr old plant, its stems, main roots and lateral roots.  Main roots went down to 10 to 12 ' so I reckon you need to use a brushwood killer direct on the roots or else let some green foliage appear so that it can absorb glyphosate and pass it down t othe roots.  Whichever you choose, I reckon you'll need several applications to kill it.


http://soilandhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/01aglibrary/010137veg.roots/010137ch16.html 

Using wood mulch on paths

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:13

The RHS has concluded that nitrogen depletion is negligible.


I used chipped bark to great effect in my last garden for paths and as weed suppressant mulches.  In this new garden I don't need paths but I have just ordered 10 cubic metres of the stuff for mulching new beds to keep weeds down and retain moisture.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 09:16

Good morning.  A wild and woolly night here and it's still windy but notraining any more.   We have blue skies now.


Off to see a man about a load of chipped bark and do a raid on the SM and then painting and planting, as ever.


Clari - I'd be tempted to cover that with polythene and make a grow house.  Where will the chucks sleep?  I hope you're enjoying the new job.


Pat - it's a well known fact that as we get older our reaction times slow down and our sight and hearing can lose their acuity and we can be less aware of our surroundings.  There are definitely some dangerous 80 year olds out there who should not be on the road endangering others but then there are also some younger people who aren't safe either.    

Rhubarb problem

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 09:02

I have recently left a garden in Belgium where we had high average rainfall and fertile soil and lots of rhubarb.  However, one  summer we had this problem with ants moving in and nesting under their roots and it weakened the plants.  Do try giving yours a serious soaking because it's easy to underestimate how dry their roots can be.


Ants move aphids onto plants and then protect them from predators because they use the honeydew they excrete to feed the young ants when they hatch.   That is probably what's causing the spotting on your leaves.


You can also encourage ants to move on by watering copiously with a solution of 5 litres of water to one small bottle of essential oil of cloves from a health shop or pharmacy.  They hate the smell and move away.  repeat as necessary.

Siberian Iris

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 08:55

Good luck.  I've done it with mine before and they've survived and thrived.

Grass Snake - 1st of 2017

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 08:53

Philippa, we're in the Vendée and about 20kms in from the coast.   We have a large overgrown and bunged up pond that contractors will come and clear out for us later in the year.  It was dug for cattle and is unlined and dries out in summer but we then hope to keep it clear and attract lots of wildlife..  There are some noisy frogs about us but not in our pond as far as I can tell.i

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 21:45

Join the club Debs.  I don't like grasses either with one or two exceptions and loathe euphorbias including poinsettias.


Feeling stiff too Busy after hours of painting and spraying and cleaning.    


Bed soon.  Have to to be up early again tomorrow so we can go and see a man about 10 cubic metres of chipped bark - he wants a deposit - and then a raid on the SM before moving the funny wardrobe upstairs where it will get its last coat of paint in situ so it doesn't get bashed going upstairs.

Help for small gardens

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 18:33

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Another ID please

 
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