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Posted: 29/09/2015 at 15:09

I recently bought a pallet load (60 x 50L bags Levington Farmyard Manure) from creative garden ideas which I shared with my neighbour. Worked out to about £3/50L bag.

It's OK, but seems to be wood shavings rather than straw amongst all the 'stuff'.
You can get manure on-line elsewhere which states it's mixed with straw, I've only found it available in dumpy bags, works out a bit less than £3/50L

Most of the local stables offer it for free, but it's fresh and I don't like the idea of shoveling it into the boot of my car.

Annoying relentlessly spawning weed/plant

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 11:11

Just think how fit you'll be

Annoying relentlessly spawning weed/plant

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 19:02

As I mentioned above, the tiny little bulbs can send a shoot up from over 1', but I found that a good hoeing on a regular basis cleared them eventually.
I had a bit of a problem the 1st yr after 'compost' spreading, but the following year I had 0000's coming up allover the place.
I dug the soil over and took out as many bulblets as I could find then hoed when the next lot of leaves appeared then repeated the cycle.
Yr 3 now and I've only found a few remaining growing amongst shrubs etc

The seeds come from the bight red berries on the flower stem, the little bulbs also grow from the main bulb - bit of a double whammy!

North facing Garden

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 18:40

HI James

I'm sure you'll get plenty of ideas from the forum.

To give you a start, you could have a look at the Crocus website. 
You can filter plants so that you only get a selection that meets your criteria such as soil type, aspect, height etc etc
Of course, you don't have to buy from them, but it's a helpful starting point.

Good luck

PS - I'm def no expert, but why add mycorrhizal fungi as a dressing? I thought you just put some in the hole and ensure the roots are in contact with it when planting.

What could be this plant

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 15:04

paw paw maybe?

Plant ID Please

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 19:51

I have a patch of 10-12 - in a good year they look stunning, but with so little rain here this year, they're smothered in mildew, so they're for the chop in the next few days.

I find they self-seed all over the place too, but easy to remove when they're small

Annoying relentlessly spawning weed/plant

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 19:43

'Beware what you wish for' springs to mind.....

They're stunning plants, but the way they spread and choke everything else is frightening

Annoying relentlessly spawning weed/plant

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 18:01

I feel for you.

I had the same problem 2 yrs ago, almost all gone now.

Somehow I think I must have got 1 or more of the ripe seedheads into my compost bins, then spread the compost and seed over parts of my garden - it started popping up everywhere.
It's a beggar to get rid of.
The tiny bulblets will send up leaves from at least 1ft down! I had 000's at one time.
Glyphosphate didn't work - but I didn't add a few drops of liquid soap, so def worth a try. I hoed and pulled out as much as I could and whenever I saw a leaf appear I'd pull out as deep as I could.
Try and get rid of it as best you can, and good luck!

Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 19:03

no idea how i managed to post this again.. sorry

You must be heart-broken - how very sad.

I know that PPBC (Protecting Pre-loved Border Collies) do on occasion shuttle dogs around. I know yours is not a BC, but they may be able to help or offer advice.

Or probably better, maybe worth having a word with Val from Valgrays (facebook) she works wonders and re-homes dogs from all over the place (inc Europe) with her countless contacts and friends.

Best of luck to you and Shadow xx

Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 14:56

good luck DD - keeping everything crossed for you


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