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Bindweed? Knotweed? advice appreciated

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 20:27

This is a plant dealt with best with glyphosate.  Digging will simply make more and more roots. Whenever you see,this emerging from the ground zap it with glyphosate.  You will see lots of it and think the weedkiller hasn't worked but it's simply more shoots from other plants.  make it your number one obsession this summer.viz.  to spray every little piece.

I had its cousin, chameleon, few years back and it's now disappeared....mainly after the first summer.  if its wet when you spray cover with piece of glass needs 5 hours or so of dry weather to work properly

White spots on leaves of chilli plant

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 14:53

Stuart, leave well alone.  I think it is just a contact issue unlikely to get into the plant

Ratings reviews or views - lawn edgers

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 14:48

Hiya fairygirl

I found it relaxing .....I dug out a narrow "ditch" 6" deep and 4" wide, hammered it down hard, put some gravel in and a few vertical  metal spikes and then laid the concrete to just an inch below the lawn level.  Permanent and it weathers superbly to blend in.  Do stretch at a time 

Plant ID

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 14:42

Send a picture when it flowers Kathleen.  It looks familiar intrigued now

is plant food the same as fertiliser? and how can you make plant food?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 14:37

I have made my own organic fertilizer...the smell was baaaaaaaaad.

I think seaweed spray is best feed you can give most plants.  It is a fertiliser because it contains nutrients, food.  It is also a tonic.  It creates healthy strong growth.  

Seaweed spray ticks all the boxes gardening mama and plant food. I use it as a spray/foliar feed. 

Dont be caught in the hype over labels.  "tomato" food often imcludes seaweed.  Most of them are similar in providing a balanced food supply.  Making your own can be self defeating if you get dilution rates wrong and some simply attract pests.

Ratings reviews or views - lawn edgers

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 14:27

I put in a concrete edge around my lawn.

Dont get those plastic things....they are rubbish.l

If I had to buy any I would go for wood and about 1" below level of grass. Can you just use half moon to keep edges clean and sharp and create a slight ditch between lawn and border?


Posted: 27/05/2013 at 13:55

Afternoon FORKERS.

Pouring with rain.....can't get out to water my garden! What a contrast to yesterday. 

Bob hope you managed to sort your wheelbarrow out.....nuisance when you're so reliant on it. Yep. Excellent planter...good thinking

keen to get outside...looking through my window (looking for signs it will brighten's supposed to soon)......stipa gigantea is looking good though, even in the rain, and loads of allium purple sensation standing upright out there.  Typical bank holiday weather!

A garden full a weeds!

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:39

You just love your garden tools busy.  I guess if I had one I would use it....maybe!

Talkback: Ants

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:38

Morning michael

Use nematodes.  They are very effective and safe.  You may need to repeat in few weeks.

Nematodes already exist in the soil....they are naturally there.  It's just that ants have overwhelmed that area and adding nematodes balances the situation.

A garden full a weeds!

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:33

Morning busy lizzie....similar advice I think ....not a great advocate of the rotovator though! 

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