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invasive reed?

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 17:03


can anyone identify the  plant pictured below. It seems like a reed, is extremely deep rooted & nigh on impossible to dig out.

It has a thick single root which extends horizontally. it's a real thug that has spread over my allotment. I keep cutting it back to below ground and occasionally manage to get it out with the root.

Any ideas what it is?

Size of fruit cage

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 22:47 can inter-plant with anything else that needs protection, i.e. brassicas from pigeons etc!

I got a very big fruit cage, self assembly (easy-peasy!) and loads of good quality, strong netting left over so brilliant value for money!

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 21:18

I see what you mean... what a pretty garden though & sweet looking dog too!

I would just pop it on a cleared bit of ground, so you're not trying to separate compost from gravel when you want to use it. If it's got a lid it won't be so wet & don't imagine there'd be too much gunge leaking out!

Grass cuttings can be a bit slimy if there's too much, but brilliant if mixed with other things so paper would be a good idea. You're looking to get a roughly 50/50 mix of green and brown waste, green = grass, plant & kitchen waste, brown = card, paper & twiggy stuff. I don't think about it much, i just know that along with grass & kitchen waste I add loo & kitchen roll tubes, egg boxes, bits of waste and shredded paper .... just mix a bit so it doesn't form a big dry clump and don't worry about getting green and brown ration exact.


Posted: 01/11/2016 at 20:56

It sounds like a bad batch, I would take a pic of the plants and ask for a refund. always worth tweeting complaints if you don't get any joy.... companies respond to social media pressure!

as nutcutlet said, Verve is the B&Q trade name and I think different compost products may come from different producers and therefore be of varying quality. It's remarkable the difference compost quality can make! I subscribe to Gardening Which who published a really interesting comparison of potting composts some time ago...same plants planted in same conditions, some were wilting, weedy things, others big, bushy and healthy! The verve multi-purpose is usually pretty good, so I'd return the batch and get a refund..... and maybe subscribe to Gardening Which!

Storing Leaf Mould

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 20:42

as it has little/ no nutritional value, string will have little effect. You say form your leaf mould bins- has it already rotted down or is it still leafy?

If still leafy, as  figetbones says, keep it moist to continue to decomposition process. if it's broken down, either put it on the garden now or leave bagged and do so in spring.

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 20:38

Don't put anything under it.... just let nature and worms do their best. If you are going to have a lot of food/ kitchen waste, then do line the bottom with fine chicken wire. Could you site it on the flower borders, perhaps with something growing in front? At least that way nothing will leach out onto the gravel, but won't do the soil flower bed any harm, also, when you tip it over it will be directly onto a bed and not the gravel.

Dalek compost bins can be a bit cumbersome to turn out once all the compost is ready, if it's on a bed you can just lift it off leaving he compost on the bed.

I have a large wooden composter on my allotment and for a time had a of of raw food waste- it was overrun with rats for quite a while.... wish I'd used chicken wire!


Posted: 27/10/2016 at 18:05


I soaked all of a bag of 15 white Ranunculus and because I wasn't ready to plant up my pots for spring, temporarily planted them individually in plastic 3" pots. all have germinated and re growing well!!!

Hooray for a vision of white in spring!

thanks for the tips GWers!


Posted: 25/09/2016 at 10:25

I love Ranunculus, especially the white variety. Planted lots in pots a few years ago... didn't soak, one flowered and haven't seen it since! perhaps I'l try again, but soak first!

Organic slug pellets blue container- re they still available?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:05


I used to use a certain type of organically approved slug pellets, they came in a blue container... can't remember the brand name. recently I haven't been able to find them anywhere despite having tried different stores at different times. I bought some others, in a red container, but they're not as good- they disappear within 24 hours with no noticeable impact on slug damage on plants.

what was the lovely white flower on Fridays's GW? Camassia?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 20:35

thanks for your responses... does that nice lady who grows them do mail order bulbs? I didn't get her name!

would much rather put business her way than some of the other "big name" suppliers!

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