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Weed membrane good or bad?

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 20:22

Jo, so you mulch your membrane!  It is impossible...impossible...for soil under a membrane to be anything other than sterile and lifeless. 

"plant through" offen enough and your membrane will be shredded and useless.  

I have removed membrane so many times .....every time the soil looks and is awful.  I wonder how many will use it again? 

Osteospermum question

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 20:14

Linny, some flop....cascade...some are upright.  They do well here.  Whole walls can seen with these.

i had some on my front wall but holiday visitors would pinch them.  Actually caught one once.  Hubbie and wife and they red faced offered to pay for the wrecked plant.  Think I said £20.....prob10 years ago.  Think they learned a lesson 


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 18:01

Weed membrane good or bad?

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 17:52

Weed membrane is BAD.  

It doesnt really control weeds and many weeds attach their roots to it to spread.  It destroys soil underneath.......makes soil sterile,,worm free, air free.  It is the devil of a job to remove....oh yes!  Most everyone eventually removes it.  It makes it difficult to move plants, to dig out unwanted or dead plants.  It makes bulb planting awkward.  It looks awful unless generous gravel is added.  

Far, far better to use a living mulch around plants or apply gravel more thickly in the first place.


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 17:46

Yvie.....porridge is extremely good for you.  The "cheap" bit was a bit of a joke.  


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 17:43

They are all a bit risky thinking is no chemicals around food.  


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 17:42

Tender osteos so dig them up and pot them. you can lewve them outside whilst its still reasomably warm but then to the gh 

bright green leaves

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 17:38

Looks like a reverted piece B3.......not known PA to revert but they do 

can you trace the stem to the source?  If so cut it out 


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 16:04

Iain, try copper tape around the rim of the pot.  They tend to hide under the rims of,some pots too so always worth a regular check there.  Wouldnt use pellets though.

i have a couple of peaches in pots.....pretty good crop. ,it's always a battle with birds. ,however whilst they wait for perfect ripeness I get them first ever so slightly underripe.  Feel soooooo sorry for denying the birds....honest 


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 15:59

Porridge is delicious.  Made with dull cream milk and added fruit it is perfect.  Not the pre-made stuff but the rolled oats.  Healthy and.....CHEAP 

popped in for a cuppa....divided tiarellas again to make a group for spring and early summer, split anemone Wild Swan and divided astrantia Jumble Hole.  Dug up slightly tired heuchera plum pudding and took cuttings.  Split elymus magellanicus.  Would have cut the grass but a shower earlier has made it too wet.  Sunny now though 

hope it stays good for Dove's holiday down here and we get a good report 

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