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Weed killer on allotment... Which to use

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 15:40

I have raspberries growing up a fence on veg patch. prior to planting I sprayed bind weed, nettles and bramble in spring.  It was extremely effective in clearing that area.  For regrowth there I again sprayed with glyphosate.  I do not like any weed killers near food crops but since I planted for crops in the second year I felt it was a sensible option.  Now, no perennial weeds and safe crops.  

glyphosate is regarded as " safe" and I think it prob is when used with care.  My veg patch sees no chemicals at all...not even slug pellets....but ground does need to be cleared of perennial weeds at the start and, hopefully, once and for all

Apple cordon with damaged leader?

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 15:21

Gemma, you need to contact the supplier and tell them the leader is damaged.  They should supply you with a replacement.  However if you trace the next bud and prune to just above it your cordon will be fine.  Always worthwhile the nicest poss way....and to do so immediately.  You paid for a product not as perfect as it should be

drooping hypericum

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 13:38

Hiya Erica

hidcote is good. it doesnt really "spread" by the roots but gradually forms clumps.  I wonder if you planted it too deep..?   hidcote also layers itself so your root cutting makes sense 

I prune mine back every year....autumn for me but spring too.  It then produces a 5' or so tall shrub and as much across in one season.  So I would cut all stems hard back to the base and give it a general fertiliser.  It should then grow vigorously if soil is at all reasonable.

Planting dahlia tubers early

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 09:31

Early for me too.......I often see my potted dahlias shooting well before March but I too pinch off early buds and pot on regularly to achieve large plants by June.  I start light watering as soon as shoots are seen.  Large dahlias then to put into large pots or into garden

fragrant flowers

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 09:17

Sarcoccoca takes some beating right now.  Ok, not an annual but a nice evergreen shrub that will grow most amhwhere


Posted: 02/01/2015 at 09:15

Hey Panda.......cheeky!   Well, me of course! 


Posted: 02/01/2015 at 08:59

Morning forkers

dry, bright and looking good out there 


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 23:18

Saw esio trot too Busy.  Always loved R Dahl stories.  Silly me....I watched Eastenders after.  What a lot of rubbish that is!


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 23:09

Gardengirl, that bread and butter pudding... You know you're my favourite here 

fragrant flowers

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 23:07

Don't forget lilies esp Regale in June/July.  the scent is breathtaking. 

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