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Compost heap

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:21

If you have too many clippings to compost, then they can be used as a mulch, but you do have to ensure that they have not been treated with lawn weedkillers etc.

I take my neighbours clippings to supplement my own and use them around the veg.

Ground elder

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:53

Does anyone know of a ground cover plant that can outcompete ground elder, but not go mad itself ????

any ideas??!!

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:47
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Have another goat posting the pic

 

Looks like JcBlue found that other goat. Perhaps it will eat the Dracunculus.

Leaving tulips in the ground

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:44

I have just been reading Sarah Raven's guide to growing tulips.

Her recommendation is to plant deeply, and by deeply we are looking at a 12" hole with 2" of gravel for drainage and a bit of bonemeal. This is done October/November and then, after flowering, the old leaves are cleared away and the patch mulched.

She claims that there is no advantage to lifting tulips and that shallow planting encourages the bulbs to try to divide and thus weaken themselves.

 

 

Overgrown rockery

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 08:33

If you lift those plants that you wish to save, you will need to check very carefully that you are not transplanting pieces of celandine with them.  Wash the roots and grow them in pots with clean compost.

You don't want to be spreading celandines around your garden.

Too many raspberries

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 19:05

In years gone by, professional growers would spray between their raspberry rows with paraquat ( now banned ) as it was a contact weedkiller and would kill off the errant shoots without damaging the wanted canes. whether anything similar is still available I do not know.

Personally I find the shallow rooted new plants are quite easy to pull up as and when, and can then be shredded or replanted somewhere else.

 

Poorly Aucuba

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 23:54

I don't think that this blackening is always an infection. I remember something on the RHS site that waterlogging in cold winters can cause this.

Cut out the blackened affected shoots and give it a feed, fingers crossed.

Weeds ID

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 23:45

The second photo appears to show the older darker leaves being as photo one and the newer later foliage being lighter in colour and starting to become lobed, both images show the double serration along the leaf margins indicating the same plant.

 

bee flies

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 18:04

Bee flies 'bombyliidae' often seen around primroses in early spring. several different species occur and are generally identified by the wing patterns, veination. The most commonly seen is Bombylius major.

primroses are adapted to be cross-pollinated by bee flies, with both pin eyed and thrum eyed types of flower held on seperate plants. I implore people to look closely at their primroses and see the differences from plant to plant in the arrangement of stigma and anthers.

 

 

Weeds ID

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 17:42

Looks rather like a parsnip, is it a wild parsnip ? I don't know how common this is.

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