Latest posts by Topbird

Growing mint in a low trough

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 09:27

I agree 10cm is too shallow for mint - for reasons given above.

If you want to use the trough for herbs you'd probably be ok with chives and thymes

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:55

Nothing much achieved here - seem to have run out of steam the last few days - need to give myself a good kick up the behind and get on with some jobs.Tomorrow is another day....

A little link to make Hosta's mouth water if he hasn't seen it already:

I will visit them this year - I will, I will, I will.

Harrogate spring flower show

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:47

Glad you had a good time - thanks for the photos

Did you pop into Betty's for a Fat Rascal afterwards?

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Harrogate spring flower show

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 13:35

Beautiful acers and hostas.

Mickfield Hostas are about 8 miles from here. Can anybody explain (words of one syllable please) why I haven't been there yet?

Need to put that right very soon

Enjoy the rest of your day Andy.

If you see the company Ferntastic take some pics for me please They're another local company I only learned about on Thursday. Apparently they've done very well with the awards and I may need to get to know them better.

Last edited: 23 April 2017 13:36:45

Bamboo Canes

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:15

There was a clump of very untidy bamboo when we moved here 5 years ago which appeared to be just over 1m diameter. I hated it and the neighbours were very concerned that the bamboo had spread under their patio and started lifting the slabs.

We decided to launch a joint war on it from both sides.

We removed a huge root ball from the centre of the clump - about 1m diameter and about 18" deep. Further digging revealed several small smaller root balls (but all the same plant). The total area covered by the plant and runners was finally revealed to be about 3m x 3m.

We managed to dig out the root balls (very hard work) and as many runners as we could find (easy). Neighbours lifted their patio and did the same on that side. The whole area was left exposed for a season and we both either dug out new shoots / runners as they appeared or sprayed new shoots with glyphosate. Some of it had gone under paths so that had to be zapped with weedkiller.

We cleared the area in one season and were able to replant the next.

It's bloomin' hard work. No easy way other than heavy digging and you need to be really vigilant and zap any new shoots as they appear. Nobody would ever convince me to grow bamboo after that experience.

Good luck

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:57

Morning - quick pop in to say hello to everyone

Hope you get the jackdaw out M-U. We had a couple of birds down the chimney at our previous house - but they got down and into the sitting room - right mess! Had a cowl fitted after the second one.

Nice day here. Chard and coriander are ready for planting out but looks like we can expect some frost this week so I'll bide my time. Need to order more herbaceous stuff today.

Expect to be doing lots of watering this afternoon - boooring. Will even water the grass this evening - the turf has shrunk back into it's original turves in some areas and is completely yellow in others I never water grass - but this is too new and immature not to.

Celandine problem

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:03

If the ground is hard because it's dry just give it a good soaking the evening before you want to work it. Excess water will drain away overnight leaving nice damp soil for the next day.

Best to give it a good dousing with watering cans or a hosepipe. Don't set a sprinkler to play on a bed surrounded by box. Box which is saturated with water is prone to blight.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 10:04

I think I have a macrame pattern somewhere for a string bag. That would probably be from circa 1970...

We all did the rolling waistband thing too - that and wearing school ties so they were only about 6" long and really wide. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:23

Beautiful bird Dove - sad little picture.

Glad you enjoyed the opera Hosta and thanks for the tip about Guacamole - I was planning to put it in the centre of a bed but might see if there's a spot a bit nearer to the edge in case I need to give it a helping hand.

Enjoy your walk Fairy

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:17

Wenches - that is a very good word Will try to use it at least twice today - along with 'gadfly' - a crossword clue answer that it took me ages to get this morning.

Hello everyone - sunny and dry here. May do some lighter tasks in the garden but a trip to the tip, the SM and Screwfix to collect a hose reel cart is also on the cards for this afternoon.

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