Latest posts by Verdun

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 

Patchy Grass

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 08:21

Morning Sam....well, you know the cause...the rabbits 

can you rotate the rabbits?  Keep them in certain areas for a time and then move?  Or can you provide a permanent home away from the lawn? 

sarcococca trimming

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 19:56

Lisa, mine are tall too....easily pruned back as hard as you like.  pruned one back...I do this to a rounded "topiary" e 3 weeks ago. 

For me sarcoccoca is not slow growing and makes a large shrub 

Plant ID

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 17:55

See what you mean hosta. I would have said Sundance too...actually I think it is but maybe growing in a little shade.  Could be the straight green form in need of a feed.   Whatever, treatment is the same

However, it can be pruned hard back but best cut to where a green shoot or two is on every stem.  I would do it asap to give it as long a growing period as possible this summer. 

Apart from a large choisya (12' plus) I like to grow them as rounded evergreens.  

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 17:19

Pretty much agree with hosta...early start is essential for long flowering of cannas.

however,,mine are outside....mild s.w. ....In large pots and in the ground and already making lots of growth.  They start flowering in mid summer here. a cold frame should be sufficient if it is not too cold there Winter.  Right now, when temps are not great at night, I would not push them. Two or three weeks' time and it will be warmer and then growth more noticeable.

Get cannas in big pots asap. cannas, of course, need sun but in pots they need to be well watered and fed during the growing season.....don't let them dry out. 


Posted: 26/03/2016 at 14:58

But which variety Charley?  It makes a big difference 

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