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Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:08

Bamboos should be thoroughly considered before planting.  So many say their bamboos are well behaved and create no problems.  Then...WHAM.  They start poking up here, there and everywhere.  They are destructive.  They are difficult to eradicate.  Glyphosate, as strong as you can get, applied persistently can help control bamboo but it spreads so aggressively out of sight, underground.  


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:03

Bloomin' hot today.  Lovely though.  Giving away lettuces....they have grown very large and deliciously crispy but the sun is so strong. ,cant see them lasting past the weekend.  Just picked one and it was hot....a perfect recipe for rotting.  Will have a short gap I think before the next batch of lettuce is ready.  Slipped up with my successional sowing.

 El dorado helenium open now as well as veronicastrums  but loads of dahlias opening too

longest day soon...hate that.  All downhill now .  But the hottest part of summer is still to come 

Netting on small plants from nurseries

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 12:18

Always I remove this netting.  Growth is definitely stifled.  Often you will still see the top of the netting on plants potted on so I still gently remove it

To Pee or Not to Pee – That is the Question?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 07:52

Look....if we werent growing reasonable crops then considering Edd's option may be  necessary.

however, I really don't want human wee on or anywhere near my crops.  I guarantee nobody else either would want those crops.  



Posted: 19/06/2015 at 07:31

Morning everyone.  Very warm 

be good Hosta!  


Resowing front lawn

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 00:35

Ritchie, allow a couple of weeks.  Spend time walking...on your heels....and firming the surface in between regular raking and levelling.

perfecf!  Then yes glyphosate subsequent weeds.  

Perfect?  Then sow in September.  Germination is better then and summer heat less of a problem.  A summer spent levelling, weeding, forming a fine tilth will pay dovidends


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 00:28

Dont cut beyond green wood.....usually ceanothus will not recover if you do.  I find the mound forming varieties more amenable to pruning.


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 00:25

Fishy, that was my,thought too 


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 00:21

Do it now Nut.  Done mine a couple of weeks back including Sundance.

as hard as you like will re shoot quickly now and produce flowers again next spring.  Apart from a large wall specimen I prune to a nice rounded shape...they then soon look dense, glossy mounds

do it in winter and likely tthe shrub will sulk but you will also lose the spring flowers


Posted: 18/06/2015 at 22:20

Your pruning is the reason joanli.  Yes, prob you will get plenty of flowers next year

ceanothus dont really like being pruned......although most of us do it.  Also you pruned too late in the year.  Prune asap after flowering.  Most ceanothus grow large, fast and are short lived

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