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Wild Plum bushes

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 00:59

Let me get this right.  You want to remove an established hedge, which no doubt is of use to wildlife because it annoys you!!  Words fail me.

You do not even seem to have established what it is after 3 years.  And you say it is only 4 foot high.  Most people would give their eye-teeth for a resident blackthorn hedge.  And you want either to weedkiller it or smother it.

20ft screen/conifer ideas please

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 10:12

Evergreens are very depressing.  Trees are so much better.  Even when they drop their leaves, your brain will have learnt to focus your eyes into your own garden rather than the building beyond.  That sounds odd, but most people filter out road noise, so they hardly hear it.

Worms In Lawn

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 01:02

My goodness gracious!  You cut the lawn.  What sort of a balmy place do you live in where the grass is growing?  Where I am the fields are totally bare and nothing, but nothing is growing.

The old-fashioned method of getting rid of worm casts used to be to sweep them off with a besom before mowing.

japanese knot weed

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 20:43

I understasnd the best time to tackle it is in the late summer/ autumn as it dies down by injecting weed killer directly into the hollow stem just above the roots.

You will never defeat it by pulling it up as there will be re-growth from every bit that's left in the ground. Suimilarly you cannot eradicate it by digging it up.

Do what you can to keep the growth weak until you can tackle it in the autumn. 


Posted: 07/04/2013 at 13:47

When they have finished flowering, cut them back and the nice green bits you found will flower next winter.

Such a waste to throw them out.

bulbs throughout the seasons

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 00:55

I think you'll find grass will come naturally, and other weeds.  You will need to remove the dead vegetation or the whole bed will become choked. 

kiwi roots

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 17:20

Is it the neighbour that tells you it is a kiwi?  Maybe he is telling porkies!

bulbs throughout the seasons

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 17:16

Work out when you want to mow your meadow.  How is that going to work when the bulbs come up? If you do not let them die back naturally they will not last more than a few years.

The correct time for mowing a wild plant meadow is some time after July, not Spring, when the flowers have mostly set seed.  You must then remove the cut grass to avoid fertilizing the meadow.

Cyclamens will become over-whelmed by grass. And you will chop up the corms when you mow.  But they do fine under established trees where the grass is very sparse.

Most bulbs will do well in a bed where you will not have to disturb them with cultivations like mowing.

Securing a greenhouse structure..

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 08:46

Just ensure you buy absolutely the biggest you can afford.  I agree the site must be completely level and you must build the house absolutely square.

Before you buy look very carefully at an erected greenhouse and ask, ask, ask how it is fixed to the ground.  And if they say it isn't, walk away.


I'm the kiss of death to herbs it seems......

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 08:39

If you sow parsley late in the year, you will have little use of it before it goes to flower the next spring.

Sow early in the year, indoors, with heat then you will have strong plants to enjoy cropping through the late summer, autumn and winter into spring when it goes to seed.

I think supermarket herbs are grown under optimum conditions which few of us can supply; maybe hydroponically. I find the tougher herbs like chives and thyme, etc. transplant most sucessfully.

Basil is a good herb to sow sucessionally and thickly in troughs in the greenhouse.  Crop hard then discard. Ensure you remove the flowers and pinch out the tips frequently.

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