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Compacted soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:24

When you were pruning, did you tramp all over the soil when it was wet?

The best low-labour method of reviving compacted soil if you can't dig it is to apply copious amounts of home-made compost or very well-rotted manure or leaf-mould or bought-in mulch.  The worms will draw it in gradually.

And try not to walk on the soil.

Poisonous Plants

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:32

The link between Laburnum and schools is that many schools had one in the playground; it is a good urban tree, though you have many, many trees of it in farm hedgerows too. Apparently when fence posts were not available in the War, laburnum branches were used instead (can this be true?) and they took root.

I digress.  Laburnam seeds in tempting (at least to primary-school children) pods are very toxic.  Yet I have never heard of children being poisoned. Training children never to eat anything in the garden unless they check with an adult first is the way to go.

That never stopped us pinching peas, strawberries and raspberries from the garden though!

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:19

The vendor probably let the grass grow to hide the knotweed.  Or am I too cynical?

The best time to inject glyphosate into the stems is, apparently in September before it dies down for the winter.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 11:36

You will have such joy taking your daughter down to the allotment in her pram/pushchair.  And dare I say earn Brownie points with Her Indoors.

Red ants

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 11:32

Quick death?  Pour a kettle's worth of boiling water over the nest.

Can anyone identify this weed???

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 00:47

Robbie did say it was last summer's picture in his/her OP.

what is this pest?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:58

It doesn't need to be dealt with.  Oak trees have survived so far without human intervention.

Can anyone identify this weed???

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:50

Bittersweet, I think. Woody Nightshade.  Solanum dulcamara. Has green berries ripening to red.  Poisonous.

Star Gaze Lily is showing us something different I think, but it looks like something which will get out of hand..

Anybody know what it is yet???

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:40

Looks like an indoor plant to me.  The flowers don't look like willow, certainly.


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 00:30

Ordered some plants via a newspaper offer on 2 April.  They arrived in good condition on Wednesday 16 April.  

Despite forebodings, everything is fine.

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