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Japanese knotweed shoots & Mower contamination ?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:33

Knotweed does not keep to itself and to think it does is  foolish.  Time to control it is when it's small.  Here in Cornwall it is widespread and I'm not sure anyone is really able to kill it

Oops!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:28

Looks exciting Bob.  

I have a small hexagonal GH and need to think of adding something like your polytunnel myself. Better than a GH Bob?  

HELP! Rapidly growing plant / weed ??

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:23

Inform the council....see if they can offer anything.  

You will need to use super strength glyphosate, not the ordinary kind.

Do you really need special seed compost?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 17:52

I use ordinary mpc with added perlite for seeds.  Works for me.  

Seed compost usually has little or no nutrient value......but otherwise no different to ordinary mpc.  Mixing perlite creates a light low nutrient compost ideal for most seeds, in my opinion 

Blueberries and Ericaceous compost advice needed.

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 17:47

Greenlove

Well, acidity is essential.  

I prefer to use ericaceous SOIL rathen than mpc.  So, that makes it even more expensive I guess.  Soil ...you can still buy ericaceous soil....is more substantial in every way and worth the extra cost.

Can you get acid soil locally?  Have you ever taken a PH sample of your own soil?  How alkaline is it?

A mixture of ericaceous composf/soil, leaf mould,(if acid) garden soil (if acid) and bark chips ( but these need to be acid too).  You already have 16 containers of compost to add to your bed.

It seems to me your bushes will be pretty close together ....maybe too close?

I grow my blueberries in largish confainers plunged in the garden.  Perhaps you could do the same?  

If you cannot provide enough ericaceous soil I would be inclined to keep in pots 

What is this plant?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 17:32

And you did right thing.  Best foliage when cut back now.  

RHUS

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 17:29

Start pruning a stag horn and it will start to sucker...if it hasn't done so already.  Eventually the suckers will show and cause problems

Osteospermum problem

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 07:46

Osteospermums benefit from being cut back now.  Lift  those straggly stems and trim back quite severely.  Look out for stems that may have rooted....often they do.  And take cuttings too...they root easily now in gritty compost.

Osteospermums in Cornwall are like  bread and butter.  They grow everywhere here.

Morning Mike  Up before me!  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 07:32

Ooooooo.  Forgot, its SIR Woody.  Forgive my rudeness 

Another sunny morning.   Will pop in to see my mum in hospital later but hope to get some gardening done.  Heleniums should arrive today....site already prepared.  

Enjoy the sunshine folks 

Suggestions for summer periennials for a bed of primrose

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 22:54

Charley, is your site sunny and open or moist and shady? 

Blue in August in sunny  site could include caryopteris, ceratostigma, aster frikartii monch, verbena rigida, etc.  Primroses could grow happily around those plants.

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