Latest posts by Obelixx

Killing weeds/roots before laying stones

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 17:18

Weeds like nettles, bindweed, creeping buttercup, horsetail will find a way to grow along under the membrane until they find a way up to light and air.   The ones with tap roots like thistle, dock and co will try to push up thru the membrane so you need to be careful not to tear it or pierce it when laying and make sure the layer of gravel is thick and even.

The only ones that a weed membrane will reliably defeat are the annual and biennial weeds which won't germinate and grow without some light and haven't the resources in their roots to sustain them while they sen out shoots seeking light.

Even with the membrane and gravel you will get weeds germinating in the path eventually as seeds land but they will be easy to hoe, rake or pull out.

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 16:37

Thing is, Papi Jo, I cleverly took the label from the pot to go and research the name and then more pots got added to that group and I have no idea which one it is now.   I've heard of reine des prés and grew it in Belgium near the pond where it was damp.  I have other donations with no name so we'll just have to wait and see what grows next spring and go from there.

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 16:32

n01 - it is you who are, if anything, insulting us.   Had you had the wit to do some research on gardeners and gardening let alon had a look round this forum to see what sort of thing gets posted, answered and what kind of folk you are you wouldn't have posted such an ill-considered, open ended question.

As it is, you seem to think we're all stupid, unimaginative, uninventive, uncreative ...............

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 13:45

Papi Jo - I've been given a plant called Reine des Celtes but can't find any info on it.   Do you now it?

All I get is stuff on Boadicea.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 13:21

Well done Oz!    Good vote.

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 13:17

Strange.  Most of Wales is stunningly beautiful hills, valleys, mountains, coastline.   Gorgeous!  East Anglia isn't all flat and boring either and has lovely areas and all those lovely Cromer crabs.   Why deprive yourself?

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 12:50

LP - have a great trip and celebrations.

LG - lovely to see you popping in.  Glad the migraine has been conquered.

Dove - pond still scary and we really do need to see how far it will fill up before I can plant things.  Seeing it in clear daylight there is a shelf at the higher end that may be better for the gunnera and one of the willows but it's all guesswork at the mo.

Plant based screen ideas?

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 12:46

And, if those are your neighbour's conifers, why did you let them leave you with such an eyesore?

If you can't get fence posts in it's unlikely plants will be able to get their roots down far enough to thrive.  Those conifers will have sucked all the nutrients and moisture out of the soil too.   If you can't take them all out for some reason I suggest you try and erect a plastic covered, wire mesh fence with thin metal posts which will be easier to bang in to the depth you need then add the mesh which can be flexible diamond weave mesh or rigid rectangles.  Do this right up against the bare trunks or as close as possible.

After a good downpour, pile on a good thick layer of well-rotted manure and leave it over winter for weather, worms and micro-organisms to work in and then plant some good climbers such as clematis, honeysuckle, rambling or climbing roses which can cling to or be tied in to your fence so they grow to cover it.   

You will need to make decent planting holes for them to thrive and water and mulch them well.  If that's not possible then a mixture of ornamental grasses, verbena bonariensis and other tall perennials and spring bulbs will provide interest and a disguise.

Hoe, hoe, hoe?

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 11:32

I too use the Wolf system and have two of those double edged heads at 4" and 6" widths.  The wide one is good in the veggie plot between rows and the small one for closer plantings in borders and so on.  We also have rakes, cultivator heads, a pruning saw, lawn edger and so on with different length handles for different jobs.

Connifer Trees!

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 11:30

Show us a pic when it's done.

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