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Cutting back a Chusan Palm / Windmill Palm

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 13:12

Cordylines Dave!    

You can remove lower leaves though adamsandr to enable herbaceous planting nearby.  If your palm gets too tall and its height means it has to go,  you could try cutting it by half, for example.  

sarcococca trimming

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 13:07

Nut, mine don't sucker either but where mulch is heavy some stems have layered themselves 

no expert on sarcoccoca varieties but there are different ones....? 

Getting rid of ivy from a cherry tree

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 13:03

Not me KT53.  I have only recently removed dead ivy from part of my front wall.  Treated last autumn, it came away easily as lightweight brittle pieces 

Garden sprayed with Weedol last year - can I plant in soil/use grass clippings

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 13:00

Rubi, for the sake of one extra season, don't  grow veg there this year.  They will grow and look fine but the possibility of any weedkiller residues in your food is enough to be wary. 

same with the compost heap.......i would not add the first couple of mowings.  

If your ornamemtal crops do well there this summer you can have more confidence that edible crops will be safe next year.   we grow our own food so we don't have to eat the sprayed food from the supermarkets.  In summer, at least, my salads are healthy and chemical free.  And, boy, don't I feel better for it 

Bay trees

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 12:25

Lynsey, it should be fine. get it done asap now though 

as with most everything, get as big a rootball as possible and have the recipient hole ready. 

Prune by half or so...don't worry it will recover...and water well, rain or not 

Garden sprayed with Weedol last year - can I plant in soil/use grass clippings

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 12:21

I'm sure it will be safe now to plant veg plants there now Rubi.....but I would not.  the point of growing your own is to have as naturally fresh, untainted food as possible.  A slight risk for me so......

for edible crops I would never use a chemical...slug pellets, for example, a big no near them.  

I would plant ornamemtal stuff for this summer and look to sow veg there next year 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 12:05

Not too bad a day down here.  Staked peas, fed hellebores, my one and only rose and planted up another container.  A couple of heavy showers, cooler and some gusts reminding me Katie is coming later 

a huge choc egg is looming on kitchen table but I can take it or leave it . Looks thick chocolate, looks tasty...................



Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 11:53

Aym, exactly that for me too. It is just a good feeling prog and Monty is very good at it 

(glad someone is appreciating deschampsia too  ) 

Does it matter if claims are made about Monty being the best?  He is better than most of us watching him    

oh! We now have the "greatest" football team in the world...we have the "best strikers in europe".  They are "sensational".  We destroyed tbe world champions so how good are we?  

We do make extravagant claims in our hyper state don't we? 

Getting rid of ivy from a cherry tree

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 11:46

Dead thick ivy is very easy to remove from a wall, fence etc. Give it 3 months for any sap to dry out.  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 08:29

Morning everyone 

lots of rain around now....what happened to our sunshine? I blame George Osborne 

What has your neighbour done now Punkdoc?  He sounds a real a.....e.   Maybe we should all go back to how my dad got us to settle issues...put on the boxing gloves.    

wont be any gardening done today but most everything is done...sown, planted or prepared for now 

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