Latest posts by Obelixx

Beans and cucumber died!! :(

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 14:31

You can't rely on enough rain getting into such a narrow gap and penetrating down to the roots.  They will still need regular watering.

I agree with Pete about filling the planters more.  The plants will get better air circulation and look a whole lot more attractive sitting higher up.

What is this tree/plant?

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 11:30

Blown on the wind.

The dreaded bindweed

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 11:27

We have a miniature form of bindweed in this new garden.  It's all through the grass and deep under the 3 flower beds we've cleaned up so far and was all over the potager to be that used to be donkey paddock along with other resistant nasties which I have finally sprayed with brushwood killer after 3 goes with glyphosate.

Can't spray in the beds or grass so its just a case of constant mowing and weeding till it gives up.   In your case, if you can encourage teh stems up canes and then brush or spray them with a systemic weedkiller based on glyphosate it should eventually give up but do leave it time to work - at least 2 weeks - as any bits of root that aren't affected will just regrow new plants.  

In my last garden, which had very full beds of perennials and shrubs, I found it was best to pull off any new growth at ground level and leave it to dry out on the grass or a path for a few days before it went anywhere near a compost heap but one bed had to be completely emptied, the plant roots cleaned and quarantined and then the bed forked over to remove as many roots as possible.  Then we waited 3 months for regrowth and sprayed it when it was big enough.  That worked well but it does need patience.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 11:19

Cool and fresh here and very pleasant.  My newly sprayed metal table frame is now on teh terrace, resplendent with glass top which is very shiny so we need a cloth or an umbrella.   The last - I hope - coat of red has gone on the LP shelving thingy and I'm having a coffee break before tackling the chair seats and wardrobe thingy with white satin paint.

OH is ironing and watching rugby so he's all done and dusted before the mega clean of house tomorrow.   Friends arriving Thursday and he's golfing on Wednesday ad is not escaping h****work.

This pm he's on strimming paths thru the long grass so we can all wander about without disturbing snakes.   Possum says when she comes in summer she's only leaving the house to go to the car and has been having nightmares since OH told he'd found a pair frollicking.  I hope it's just exam fever.

Hope you and Wonky have a good time Dove and that OH gets it right.  Busy - funny how offspring don't think of their parents as having busy lives.   Hope you get to see his new house soon.

Cemeteries round here look like small towns with their assorted structures and crypts and stuff.  

Hello to all I've missed.  Hope it's a good day. 

Patty's Plum Poppy

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 22:22

Up to you.  It didn't make any difference to mine in my last garden but the seeds, if you get any, won't be true to the parent.  It won't flower again this year, in my experience anyway.

Plant Identity Needed Please

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 22:06

Glad you asked that.  I've been watching it grow wild in local hedgerows on walkies and wondered what it was.

What is this tree/plant?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 22:02

Nope.  I agree it's a goat willow.  Get rid unless you have a large wildlife garden with a bog or pond.

Monty Dons Trowel

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 19:48

Thanks Chicky.  I've sent a mail to OH and Possum with a wishlist for prezzies already.  I already have a good stainless steel fork which I love and a good, long handled spade with a failry narrow blade but, if OH does his usual trick of snapping the handle using it to prise out stones, I shall put one on my Xmas list - to be ignored at his peril!

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 19:32

Water damage is really hard to deal with and clean up.   I hope there's no permanent damage to te fabric of the house and that they are insured.  Hugs, if needed.

Monty Dons Trowel

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 19:31

The website does say to use a chopping motion rather than standard digging.  I ask because I find it increasingly difficult with my current, standard trowel - arthritic bits - and want something sharper and flatter.

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