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Am I a saddo?

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 20:56

About the wood, how about listing some of the trees? Is that possible? 

P.S. how was the house?

Autumn sown onions

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 09:44

I sowed overwiintering onions in September as advised, but when do I transplant them? All are doing well, healthy little seedlings, but they haven't got their third leaf yet. I'm worried about the approaching frosts, mid October is our average first frost. 

They seem very little to survive cold temperatures, should I cover them? The trouble with seeds is that you get so many, I sowed a pack of white, (Shonomaki yellow?) and one of red (kamal?), I must have 3-400 seedlings!

Thanks Lottie

 

identification-required-please

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 09:22

We saw a cabbage white going through butterfly netting te other day! You'd have thought it was too fine. I hope they're nat all going to learn that trick, One I could cope with...

glyphosphate-

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 09:06

Thanks Fairygirl,

Yes, I'm afraid it'll be more than one application of glyphospate. I'm very inclined to glyphosphate then use the flamethrower. And then glyphospate again when the new growth appears. 

I'm a bit worried about the bindweed, it's going right up the nearby hedge like a sheet, covering completely up to about 12ft. Cut as low down as possible and glyphosphate? I can't see what else to do.

 

Lottie

 

glyphosphate-

Posted: 20/08/2013 at 08:05

We've been given a grant to turn some wasteland into a wildflower area. Unfortunately this has to be done by July 2014, so we don't have time to dig etc. The area is covered with nettles (well, the ground's fertile), bindweed and twitch as well as other choice specimens. The wildflowers aren't strong enough to compete with these bullies, so the have to go.

Good strong glyphosphate seems the best bet, it should get rid of most things at the moment, I don't know how many times we'll have to apply it to get rid of the deep rooted nettles, and I don't think I'll even try with the horseradish (I know when I'm facing impossible odds- or do I?).

The problem I see are the seeds, the nettles are full of seed, and I hate to think what the bindweed has to offer us. Will the glyphospate kill seeds that are still on the plant? Or should I try to cut down and bag all the stems with seeds before using glyphospate? Or perhaps glyphospate then use une of those flamethrower weeders to kill the seeds. Or both. I really don't relish wading in with secateurs!

Help please!

Whatalottie

 

 

Green manure- caliente mustard good for carrot root fly?

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 08:49

I want to sow caliente mustard as a green manure. It is a biofumigant, if you can dig it in VERY fast after crushing it. 

The reason is that I'm plagued with carrot root fly, and I've come to the conclusion that as they overwinter in the soil it certainly wouldn't hurt to try; and green manure is said to be almost as good as the real thing. 

I really want to know how long it takes to grow to the stage you can dig it in?

And does anyone have any comments about the use to get rid of the carrot root fly? I know it works for some nasties.

Hope you can help.

Lottie

 

Any comments 

Flowers in small pots!

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 09:14

The pots are quite small. How am I'm going to get reasonable sized plants with nice foliage and a good show of flowers? Do I need to fertilise, rich in phosphus (roots and shoots) and potassium (flowers). Comfrey juice? tomato fertiliser? 

How often? How much? Obviously not too much 'cause the pots are small!

Flowers in small pots!

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 09:14

Wildflowers sound good, but a bit difficult to organise? Have you any ideas about which, small mounds with lots of bright flowers?

 

 

Flowers in small pots!

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 00:29

That's still an option!

 

Flowers in small pots!

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 21:32

Thank Polly,

Oops, I did mean Eschsolzia, calfornian poppy, I think I've found some dwarf ones. I'm hoping that things will be 'bonsaied' 

Heliotrope sounds good I really like the scent. I wondered about fuscias, but perhaps they'd just look scraggy in a small pot? I thought about dwarf antirhimums, you can get those in a variety of colours, and there's campanula carpatica, which should form nice mounds of flowers.

One problem is that it's not really time for summer flowers, I'm hoping I can bring stuff on, but a bad spring... 

I knew it was a good idea to ask on this board!

Thank everyone, 

Lottie

 


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Autumn sown onions

When to transplant. 
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glyphosphate-

Clearing land for wildflowers 
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Green manure- caliente mustard good for carrot root fly?

Good stuff- but how long does it take? 
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Flowers in small pots!

flowers in 3 inch pots, needed for the end of June 
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