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Digging new beds.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 19:39

Oooo, grasses Sara!   Good choice.    Choose carefully.  Some are invasive some are not.  Try to get hackanechloa in there....beautiful front of the border grass.  A red grass like Imperata red baron and/or the blue elymus magellanicus look sensational alongside 

Xmas jokes

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 19:13

Hey, that was brilliant Verdun.  

Xmas jokes

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 19:12

Wot did father Xmas say when he stepped on the holly?   Oh, oh, oh 

Hey!  Wot do you expect?    


Posted: 22/12/2013 at 19:08

Busy day.  Distributed loads of presents via the foodbank.  Rain held off.....actually quite sunny n pleasant.  Nice feeling....felt like father Xmas ESP when seeing the faces on the youngest kids .  Yep, v satisfying

Checked everything is safely secure......very stormy weather tomorrow.    Prob won't put a tent out tonight on the cliff 


Digging new beds.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 19:01

Sara, hi.  

Sounds like you are doing exactly the right thing.  Dig out every root you see....??ou will  come across those lomg roots, etc., so, yes, pull them all out. You need too to get as much compost, manure, mushroom compost, etc as you can in there.  After you have removed all the roots etc start to dig trenches and add your compost to them.  When completed try to add some compost on the new surface of the soil and incorporate this   Into the top layers.  

Let this settle for few weeks.......then rake in some organic fertiliser (I like fish blobo dnd bone but ??ou could use pelleted chicken manure).

What do you want to grow there?  Veg? flowers?   It's worth doing a ph test on your see if your soil is acid or alkaline.  This is important to know when deciding what to grow. This is a very easy and cheap test.

Good luck sara

Digging out Monbretia

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 16:19

Gardening granny.......ha ha.  Lucifer is very aggressive with me too but the wild montbretia is worse that's all.  I too give away clumps of lucifer and I grow some of mine in 5 litre pots sunk into the ground.  Then they are restrained and lifted when flowerimg is over.  

Digging out Monbretia

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 09:08

Yes, get someone in to dig the clumps and clear the soil.  As Forester said, thereafter a trowel to dig up,rogue pieces will be simple.  

I grow the slightly more restrained crocosmias....lucifer, for example.....and these too need to be controlled.   I do,this by dividing every 2 years or so 


Posted: 22/12/2013 at 08:53

Morning folks.  Calm, sunny dry here right now. ,sure the forecast will soon tell me something different 

Looking forward to strictly tonight.   I think Abby will win strictly tonight. usually never wrong on these things,

Extra volunteering at foodbank today......delivering pressies too so I guess it will be rewarding.  

Oh!'s raining.  All change.  Lovely.  

Digging out Monbretia

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 23:53

Hello Joyce.  It is a persistent thing.....those little but numerous corms remain in hiding in the soil to continue growing.  Digging is the only solution I think.  I have successfully done this but it takes couple of years or more.

Digging deeply and getting as much out as possible without the clumps breaking up too much is the way. Then digging over again.  In future years be prepared to remove all future growings as soon as seen.

If digging really is impossible then glyphosate is your only alternative but I don't think this is very satisfactory unless persistently applied to every shoot you see throughout the growing season

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 18:34

It's all moving towards spring now 

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