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Weed membrane good or bad?

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 20:43

only ribbing you Jo .   ..........




I am right though! 


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 20:41

Food concentrates  the mind Steve


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 20:39

Hiya flowers

for me cuttings need to be quite dry.  Some recommend they are taken and left to crust for a day and then potted.  For me I just take cuttings immediately.

try inserting cuttings in a half tray of compost.  Water lightly. Then a propagator lid or see through plastic cover over the top.  I find variegated cuttings as easy as green. At this time of year place in good light and in gh, conservatory or windowsill 


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 20:25

Just a few miles from me...near Penzance.....a pelargonium or two occupied the whole front of an old cottage.  Wonderful sight.  Gone now...think the cottage may be too now.  

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.  

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