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Nightmare grass

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:32

I don't mind a few weeds as long as the overall effect is green.  I think it would help if you could raise the blades on your mower to let the grass grow a bit longer as the more leaf it has the better it can feed its roots and gain vigour to combat weeds.  

You can remove some of the larger weeds by hand using a long thin bladed tool such as this attachment in the Wolf range - http://www.wolfgarten-tools.co.uk/multi-change-tools-main/weeding-tool-heads/multi-change-weeding-knife They do all sorts of useful tool heads and a range of handles in different lengths so you can build up your tools gradually as needs and finances allow.

You can buy Weed and Feed products in garden centres.   They tend to be formulated for spring use and autumn use so the read the info and instructions before buying and using.   When the weeds are dead, rake them up and loosen the surface of the bare soil with teh rake head to prepare for seeding.  Re-seeding any existing or new bare patches is best done in spring or autumn when temperatures and moisture levels are better suited to seed germination.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:23

I don't.  When we're driving and some cr*p comes on the radio or on a track on one of our long distance driving compilation CDs I either change channel or skip the track.   Drives OH crazy but not as much as a bad song does me.  If he had his way we'd have crackly Radio 5 Live all day long.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 15:40

Three bins here made from old pallets so quite large and at the end of the veg plot.  In theory, one is ready, one is cooking and one is being filled but the spring and autumn clear ups mean they are always all full so we now have another heap of all the least desirable stuff across the road at the edge of the paddock.

It is just a case of sheer physical labour.  Empty each one in turn then put the unready stuff back and pile the good stuff on the nearest spare bit of veg plot or on the beds as needed if it's autumn.  Repeat till done but filling the first one with all the uncooked stuff then a good watering and a cover of corrugated plastic to try and speed up the cooking process.

With any luck, we end up with one completely empty bin to restart the whole process.

He gets water or coffee as needed and maybe a beer at the end.

Tatton Park

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 13:32

I spotted the name change so knew it was you.   I didn't go to Chelsea for a couple of years as I got jaded too and missed the one after the 100 years' anniversary show as I found that very disappointing and not just because I was in a wheelchair with my new feet and couldn't see everything.  The following year turned out to be one of the best ever - of course.

Don't suppose you have any news of Yakram and Trillium?

Good morning everyone

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 11:47

You still have tile to sow some beetroot in the next few days either in a well prepared drill in teh veg plot or in module trays.  I prefer the latter method as it gives me more control and keeps the seedlings away from slugs.  Plant out the modules in row leaving a few inches of space between to get through with a hoe to keep down weeds.

You'll find some helpful advice on cultivation here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/beetroot 

Hedge is Dying

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 11:42

Looks like a form of euonymous to me.

Can't advise about watering till you tell us how much and how often your are doing it.  Also need to know where you are and which way the hedge faces for sun and wind exposure.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:57

Crumbs Busy - what a responsibility.   Sounds like fun tho.   Hope you enjoy it.

Hot again here and I'm on chair duty again now I've done some essential admin.  Have a deadline!  

OH has picked all the gooseberries this morning and is now dead heading hostas to help them keep their foliage looking good.   A few have now been chewed by slugs despite my best efforts so they need the lack of seed making stress to recover.

DD - yes, you'll have fun making a new garden all for you and Charlie and it's great that Busy can help with extra plants and that Charlie will keep his friends.   

Glad RB is OK and look forward to her return.   

Happy gardening to those who can today and happy dreaming to those who can't.

Good morning everyone

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:49

Home grown beetroot is lovely so go ahead but make sure you pick it when no more than tennis ball size.   The fresh young foliage is great in salads or quickly wilted in a bit of butter with s&p.  Much nicer than spinach for me.

Except for the one with fine flowers that can be grown as hedges in milder places in the UK, fuchsias don't like full sun so move yours to the shade or partial shade and keep well watered in hot spells.  I grow mine in troughs, pots and hanging baskets on the north wall of my house so they get full sun from about 3pm and do very well as long as I don't let them dry out.

My flowers ..

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:39

Thanks Busy. That's probably it.  I did have a Perle d'Azur but over the years I have planted about 60 clems and only have 32 that have survived the horrors of bad winters.  I'm quite good on hardy clems now!

Joyce, I have taken cuttings and divisions and will be collecting seed.   I have a list of essential clems to buy from my favourite supplier here as I haven't found a clem grower near the new house - yet.  It is a bigger garden and is mostly blank canvas and what was managed garden has been neglected for 2 years as the couple selling are divorcing and have had other priorities.  

It will be less exposed and not have all the hard frosts we get here and has neutral to acid soil so I can think about rhodos and magnolias and hamamellis for the future.

There are 2 wisterias on walls, a few good shrubs in a mixed hedge, a magnolia, an albizinia julibrissin, a few trees including a walnut, an apple and a plum to be identified, a rampant grapevine, a fruitless fig and some conifers and bamboo and lots of mint running wild in the former meadow parts.   Two big fat mophead hydrangeas, one teeny clem I found covered in weeds and thirsty and no roses or lavender 

Pretty much a blank canvas so I can plan a winter garden, a white garden, a wildflower meadow (maybe), veg and fruit plots and perennial borders.   Loads of fun.

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Tatton Park

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 09:48

Have a great day.  I've only been once - 2007 with a group of friends from the old GW boards wnd we met up with others and had fun.  I bought a picea abies Rydal Water which is doing very well and some "hardy" grasses which turned out not to be.  Maybe in Cheshire but not here.    Penstemon ditto.

A very good show tho with lovely people and atmosphere.   http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/0707%20Tatton?sort=2&page=1 

Hope the weather holds for you.

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