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Bind weed

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:00

Sorry folks.  Bindweed is not,difficult per plant.  I'm currently eradicating from a friend's    Neglected garden.  It's the amount,of bindweed usually that's the problem....the number of roots and shoots.  Spray or paint each time you see it.  I had,it suffocating my raspberries....I coiled it around sticks or gathered it on the soil and sprayed or painted.  When top growth has died cut it off and be aware of regrowth from other roots there and spray those rosettes.  Any glyphosate does it for me but I agree if you can get super strength type all the better.

Glyphosate works.

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:53

BrummieBen, BrummieBen, BrummieBen,

The weedkiller will have done its job.  You just want to put your feet up and not cut that grass!  Cut it asap.  Keep it cut ...twice a week as you planned....starting now.  Leave it for 2 weeks and ??ou will have a jungle and the grass is likely to turn yellow.  Highish cut but not too high and keep next few cuts at that height.  Adjust after that to suit what you want

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:47

Looks like woodgreen had busy day.  Keen and intrepid.

Busy morning planting out runner beans and putting out few more perennials.  Grew orange bedder wallflowers too this year and they have best scent I think of the wallflowers.  Wallflowers have grown to make very large bushes smothered with flower

When the wallflowers go over the tender perennials will go in

Enjoy your evening folks

Slugs v Campanula

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:41

Chica, without salt they are revolting.  It's like eating pork without apple sauce or lamb without mint


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:00

Chicky, not sure what you mean by vase method. We Cornish are simple folk after all

I do use tops of prunings for cuttings......7 or so around rim of pot. I have also used basal parts pulled off but these are better in larger pots.

camellias leaves turning yellow

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:46

P. watts, I would suggest you cover your camelia with fleece when frost is expected.  I think it's frost and resultant rapid thawing that's the reason for your problems.


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:39

Euphorbias are best pruned after flowering.  To keep them bushy remove flowered stems right back to the base. If no flowered shoots....some become biennial (due I think to incorrect pruning) and I would take out a percentage of the older stems to the base.

Euphorbias are easy to propagate but are relatively short lived.  I renew my plants every 3 years or so.  Yes the sap is caustic so advice about gloves is good

Large Corrugated Cloches

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:38

Bought mine from B & Q ..10' sheets and shorter.  I made wire hoops to fit and bought plastic ends.   Nice and cheap and effective

Bind weed

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:27

Sorry maud, I think glyphosate is the answer....correction, i know it to be the answer. From an infested garden I now have no bindweed whatsoever

Queen quack, bindweed is easily killed by glyphosate but there are some factors. One is 5 hours of dry weather after application. Two you need to apply it 2 or 3 times this summer. Apply at the rosette stage...weedkiller is more effective on new growth. The shoots will be killed.  Further shoots will appear in few weeks so spray these. Repeat few weeks later.

To get the rosette stage cut back and allow fresh growth ...this is ideal to spray

Digging will spread your bindweed every piece of root, no matter how small, will grow


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:17

Got my runner beans planted now.  However it is a bit cool and what they really need now is heat.  No point in delaying may not be any warmer next week.  It's funny, it's not just warmth but it's in the DNA of some tender ornamental plants to grow vigorously right now even though the cool conditions should hold them back

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