Latest posts by Obelixx

National Garden Scheme

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 22:41

Sounds like a good concept but not sure I can cope with a brace of Miranda, even if one is maybe older and wiser.

Bites in the garden

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 21:52

Boots One-a-day antihistamines help too.  I get bitten by mozzies, horse flies, ants and have reactions to plants like sticky bud so I take a daily anti-histamine and also use an insect spray before working in certain parts of the garden.- - cows and calves at one end and horses at the other and wild bits in between.

What is this ornate tree outside the Gherkin

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 21:06

Have you seen how big these things get?   Have you got the space it will need?  And the soil?


Need Some Wisteria Wisdom Please

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 21:03

Before you move it again, keep it well watered and give it a good soak before you do dig it up again so you minimise damage to the roots.   Plant it well away from any wall that will make its soil dry and impoverished by soaking up goodies.

Once it's in its new home, water well and mulch with some compost.  Feed it some slow release rose or tomato food next spring to encourage flowers and water in dry spells.   It should repay you with strong growth and flowers.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 20:58

Absolutely.  Apart form everything else, every case is different and some doctors still think of it as yuppy flu!  Go armed with evidence and insist on blood and urine tests to rule out anaemia, thyroid, liver and kidney problems which may also cause fatigue.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 20:49

Clari - it's thought to be a by-product or complication of virus infections which leads to sufferers having diminished energy levels, unpredictable aches and pains and depression but it's equally thought to be caused by psychological stress.   The jury is out, pending any scientific proof which depends on them asking the right questions.  Ether way, it's a bit like having permanent, debilitating flu or glandular fever. 

Sufferers find it is cyclical and unpredictable and gets worse after physical or mental exercise so you can wake up feeling fine, for once, and then knacker yourself again.   Diet and rest are supposed to help as well as relaxation therapies and meditation.

I've had glandular fever several times and it can take months to come out.  I know one ex GW poster who has had ME for about 20 years and has good days and then bad weeks.   Her garden and cats are a great comfort.

Need Some Wisteria Wisdom Please

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 20:36

When a wisteria is happy it can be very big and boisterous.   You only need one to cover a decent area of wall or fence.

I suggest that, in autumn when it is dormant, you move it back to the south facing position and give it a very well prepared planting hole (compost, nutrients, depth, watering, mulch).   Make sure they both have a strong framework to train them in and support them.    Feed them well and prune in July and Jan/Feb to contain the vigour and direct it towards producing flowering shoots.

The RHS has some good advice on pruning - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 and care - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=173

I know it's not a weed but

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 18:33

The only non toxic way is to keep pulling up every scrap until it gives in.   Other than that, weed killer spray or gel or a flame gun.

Covering a weedy patch?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 18:31

To be honest, if you want good crops you need to fork over the whole area and add plenty of well rotted manure and garden compost to make sure your new fruit trees and shrubs have the best conditions for growing well and producing good crops so you may as well just get on with it and remove as many roots as you can.

Neither bindweed nor couch will be very much weakened just by covering in my experience.  You need to spray or hoe the top growth and leave it to die and dry completely then burn it or bin it but not compost it.

As Dove says, you then need to spray any new growth that appears with a  systemic weedkiller.  I would suggest one for brushwood as bindweed and couch both have very strong root systems and need, in my experience, several applications of glyphosate to kill them.

There's time to have a go at this now, assuming you get a mild autumn but, as Dove says, the best time is spring when they are in active growth.    You could also try covering the entire area with layers of cardboard in November.  This will stop any new weed seeds germinating and it will also rot down into the soil and improve its structure so it will better support your fruit once you've cleared the perennial nasties.

If you don't want to be bothered with all that, just use cardboard anyway or weed proof membrane available from DIY stores and garden centres and plant through it and finish it off with a 2 or 3 inch layer of chipped bark after you've watered all your new shrubs and trees in.  

Be prepared to watch the planting holes like a hawk and pull out all unwanted weed growth the minute you can grab hold of it and before it swamps your treasures.

Shrub Rose for a shady front garden?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 18:16

Shrub roses tend to like a bit more sun than you can offer but some climbing roses do OK as they can get higher towards the light.    In my last garden, I planted a David Austin Falstaff shrub rose in a bed next to a north facing wall - direct sun before 9am and after 3pm in the height of summer.   It was healthy but didn't produce many blooms tho they were lovely and well perfumed.

Have a look at the David Austin website which lists roses they think suitable for shade and also Heirloom roses.   Then, when you find one or two you like, contact their help desks for advice.   They'll be happy to help.

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