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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:30

Just watched A-Z of TV gardening where Christine Walkden has done a piece on Knotweed. If you have iplayer you should be able to watch it. Needs immediately tackling, otherwise it's a nightmare plant



Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:25

I've found garlic wash and coffee grindings work best - though not 100%. The one attached, War Paint, spent it's first 2 yers emerging and immediately getting eaten. Last year I put coffee grindings round the base and watered with a garlic wash. Result!


Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:19

I also add it to my borders or compost heap. It might be deplete of nutrients but it serves as a soil improver

Advice on replanting young unknown tree

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 08:08

While I'd agree with AB on the rest of advice, I think as this one is already 10ft high it might need staking until it settles in otherwise the weight at the top might be too much for the unsettled roots to anchor. 


Poorly Camellia

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 07:55

If the leaves are yellowing it's probably magnesium deficiency. As Camellias are acid-loving plants, yours will benefit greatly from an ericaceous feed. I'd give it a few fortnightly liquid feeds now and then longer term a granular feed in Autumn. Rainwater is definitley best. I'd also mulch with some ericaeous compost. I have 2 in pots and 1 in the ground and do this every year

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 07:33

Chicky, I'm glad I don't live anywhere near Crocus. I think I'd be bankrupt by now

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 07:22

The problem with spraying, if the bindweed is in your flower border, is that it's likely to get onto the plants. Glyphosate gel will allow you to get hit the binweed and not the plants. It worked very well on my bondweed. Apart from vinegar it's the only weedkiller I use now.

Re the Knotweed, see



Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:46

I'm surprised at that Jimmy. If I can't find something locally I usually get it from Crocus. They've all arrived in the best of health - and a good size. Can't think of any that have failed.

Though I have to say that I find Echinacea quite difficult to grow. I've tried several times over the years. The only ones I've had any success with are Purpurea which I grew from seed last year. Just noticed there are 3 emerging

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:30

I'm working on the basis that the price will come down as they get more popular. Beautiful plant, but a bit pricey.

I find plug plants a bit hit and miss. Medium size plants in my experience tend to be more successful, Plants can fail through being too small as well as too large

New to Forum, needing some help

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:21

Yes  I agree the soil does look too wet. They will also grow leggy if the light is one directional or there's not enough of it.

I tend to put a thin layer of gravel on top of mine. It helps keep them moist.

Damping off occurs when they're planted to close together. They need air to be able to circulate around them. 

I also blow on them or waft a thin piece of card across the top. This helps strengthen the stems. GQT's Rosie Yeomans is currently doing some work on this theory at the moment

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