philippa smith2

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Weed ID reguired and which weedkiller?

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 16:56

Who the heck was talking about people with spare time to keep pretty cottage gardens ?

I'd thought this was to do with whether people ( old or young ) preferred the easy spray method or the harder but more environmentally friendly way of keeping weeds down.  

As for food prices doubling, wasn't that the story after Spain's dreadful flooding ?  A pepper was going to cost a fortune, etc., etc.  Bog all to do with weedkiller. More to do with the change in climate and the likes of Monsanto producing and selling seed which cannot be saved for re use. the following years. The growing consumption of meat in "newly developed" countries doesn't help either nor do corrupt politicians who rape their own countries and leave their people starving and so on and so forth.

Plenty of inner city estates can (and do ) use their green spaces for growing produce and hopefully it will become even more prevalent given the lack of growing space for many people these days.

Nowt to do with pensioners - young people these days seem far more interested in their environment and judging by some of the posts on this forum, are willing to seek advice/reassurance on everything to do with gardening, growing food, etc.  Yes, some will prefer the easy chemical route but just as many prefer to avoid it.

I wasn't aware that I wasn't accepting another viewpoint but the opposing view needs to be based on something other than a casual reference to "pensioners", "cottage gardens" etc.

Thanks Nutcutlet - the Prunella would be a good addition to my "lawn"

Help me identifying name of this flower

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 15:11

I believe it is also known as Dutchman's Pipe.  Seeds used to be offered in the UK years ago - maybe still are ?

Weed ID reguired and which weedkiller?

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 14:54

What is the blue flower in the pic you posted Nutcutlet ?  Is it Ajuga ?  Not sure if it is a pic of your lawn or somewhere else.  Beautiful anyway.

My "lawn" is green ( various shades and textures  due to different grasses ), white ( clover and daisies) and yellow ( buttercup and dandelions) - I like it, the insects like it and the young frogs like the long growth at the edges to hide in when they come out of the pond. Whether it actually constitutes a "lawn" in other's eyes is debatable I suppose.  

I understand some do like a uniform green sward  and spend time and money cossetting their patch but it isn't for everyone. I've never yet "fed" a lawn or felt the need to spray/dab or WHY over or on it  - being a pensioner, I've got better things to do

RedFuchsia's Allotment

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 17:39

Looks idyllic Natalia but you obviously have a bit of clearing to do if you want to make some good growing areas.

You will obviously want to keep the majority of your trees so raised beds may be the best way to start.

There are a couple of Threads on the forum which deal specifically with allotments - bit different here from Poland but may give you an idea or two.

I'd second Loana re your English - don't worry about it - your English is probably better than ours

Keep us posted and hopefully a little more information about the aspect/soil etc on your new plot  and what you would like to grow where will bring more advice and suggestions from us.

Insects of the day

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 17:23

Look forward to seeing some Polish insects

Must admit, despite what I think has been a rubbish summer on the whole in the UK, Butterflies seem to have been more prevalent this year  - tho I can count the number of Ladybirds I've seen on one hand - probably with a couple of digits missing

Dragon and Damselflies have also been in short supply in my area compared to a "normal" summer.

Heater for Greenhouse

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 17:09

If you do have an electric supply to your GH ( or at least could temporarily run one for the winter ) then there are plenty of heaters available.

Any type of heating should be used alongside insulating the structure itself. Be aware that paraffin heaters produce a lot of humidity.

Consider whether you wish to heat the whole GH or just part ?  If just for summer bedding plants, then definitely frost free but you can sometimes achieve that simply by protecting the plants with the use of fleece, newspaper, etc. in the coldest periods and, if necessary,  using a heater set to Frost free.  Much depends on your location/local climate.

On the whole, it would be simpler and cheaper to sow/buy  your summer bedding in Spring.

Using grass cuttings as mulch

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 16:49

Mike - I think my description "slatted wood" was a bit misleading.  The base is constructed of strips of wood joined together but with small drainage channels at the front. 

I find they suit what I want to do on the whole.  In the summer, I use polythene and capillary matting ( just as you would on staging in a GH ).  In the winter, I remove that and use plastic mesh on the base - keeps the stuff from getting too wet at the bottom.

I may well try the grass cuttings at some stage but obviously I would need to "package" them to prevent the frame bases from becoming sodden.

Don't worry yourself about a PM  but thanks for your response

Please Help Gardening Design Student

Posted: 27/10/2017 at 17:55

Would it be of more use to you if you were to look at the various systems available, contact the manufacturers and retailers and check on the feedback from their customers ?  It could be a more direct way of discovering which methods are preferred by people who have actually bought/are using them and any problems they have encountered.

I can appreciate that your project is at the early stages but the sooner you discover what the current systems are lacking and what the user thinks, the sooner you can put your energy into producing something which actually improves upon what is available at present.   No doubt you are doing this already. 

Good luck with your project anyway

Marking out a design

Posted: 27/10/2017 at 17:29

I'd agree with KT - nothing more frustrating than wrestling with 30 foot of hose pipe which is determined to curve just when you don't want it to

Using grass cuttings as mulch

Posted: 27/10/2017 at 17:26

Mike - I use the V trench method with grass as well as kitchen compost and it works well.  However, I'd never have thought of using it in the Cold Frame.  I can certainly see the point as it uses the same principle as making a Hot Bed in Tunnel or GH.

My only problem is that my current Cold Frames are raised on legs and have a wooden slatted base so I'd have a problem with the grass decomposing over winter and gradually rotting the wood.

Perhaps it's time to invest in ground based Cold frames 

Thanks for the idea 

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