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Posted: 07/07/2013 at 19:43

GRRRRR. MILES of bracken under my soil? There was no emoticon for 'totally aghast face'! I hate the stuff. It's also in my neighbour's garden and that is a bit of a mess - they aren't interested in gardening so bracken and bramble is running riot and invading our garden. Can anyone recommend a product then that contains glyphosate that I can smear on the b******s and try bagging them to kill them off? Spray would affect neighbouring plants so i don't want to  use that.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 17:07

Thanks for the replies. It's going to be very tricky dealing with it as it's popping up in the midst of established clumps of plants, so I'd have to smear glyphosate onto each bracken stem and cover that with a plastic bag. Would that work? I've just been pulling them up when I find them up till now. Does pulling them up weaken them eventually or not?


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 17:46

Hi! I have a south-facing garden backing onto a small woodland. In recent years I've noticed more and more bracken popping up in the borders. As fast as I pull it up, more appears. I have no idea how to get rid of it without digging up the whole garden - which I cannot do. Any ideas how to control or weaken it without compromising my other shrubs and plants? And yes, it's an acid soil - we have rhododendrons and azaleas growing.


Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:25

Another thought, this time for shrubs - hamamelis (witch hazel) is a lovely shrub with feathery yellow or orange fragrant flowers (look for a scented variety). And sarcacocca has a heavenly fragrance - will take deep shade. Flowers small and insignificant but what a scent!


Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:23

Periwinkles of most kinds - vincas - are good ground cover. You can get some beautiful variegated ones whose leaves light up a dark space and the flowers are an added bonus. I'd also try wild strawberry - they spread and make good ground cover. And did anyone mention violets?

Even more confused about fruit tree choice now...

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 16:20

Love the idea of a bullace. We only know of one wild one near where we live in Kent - and we picked and froze lots of its fruit a couple of years ago. We only got it out this year to make jam with and it is delicious. We were thrilled to bits. Not sure what sort of  bullace it is - it's kind of yellowy greeny with a rosy blush, rather than purple. A bullace would go well in our woodland garden with the other hedgerow plants I'm putting in - but would I need two?

Many thanks both for the answers and i will look at the Reads Nursery website and check out the Damson Blue Violet too 

No apples and few crab apples.... :(

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 11:09

Thank you both for your answers. It's disappointing - we were looking forward to our crab apples after a good crop last year and we used them in our jam-making to provide pectin. We also found they tasted good straight from the tree! I hope next year's crop is better. Will be sure to wassail the trees this December to ensure this

Even more confused about fruit tree choice now...

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 10:41
I know I posted a similar question on the Forum but since then we have been to the Brogdale Plum day and now aren't sure whether we should be buying a bullace, damson or greengage. We are developing this woodland area at the back of our garden which backs onto a wood. We have removed evergreen trees so now there is dappled shade and an area which is reminiscent of a woodland glade which gets sufficient sun for a fruit tree to grow. We've been gradually planting the boundaries with a mixture of native hedgerow plants and shrubs.   We would like to plant some kind of  gage, damson or bullace tree, but the advice and choice is bewildering. It needs to be on a rootstock which doesn't allow it to grow too tall (dwarfing or similar?). We need to do plenty of research before ordering - don't want to get this wrong!   So I have some questions - (I hope you don't mind giving me some advice as I know very little about fruit trees)   *First there's what fruit to opt for and whether it needs a pollinator. We don't have room for two new trees so it would need to be self fertile. Is there such a thing amongst damsons, gages or bullaces?   *Which have a good flavour - first for jam and culinary purposes and possibly eating straight from the tree (though this isn't essential)? We tasted Merryweather at Brogdale Plum Day and weren't too keen on that one!   * Which would grow best in the setting I have described?   * Any other advice about what to avoid?   *Further up the garden, we have a young Marjorie's Seedling plum tree - in its 2nd/3rd year after planting. Last year it had a heavy crop. This year, nothing at all and only a very little blossom. Any idea what could have caused this? Weather conditions?   * We bought Marjorie's Seedling partly because it was supposed to be self fertile. Yet on another website, I have since read that it's only PARTIALLY self fertile and would benefit from another pollinator. I am puzzled and rather confused about this because last year it fruited well. Any comments?   * Marjorie is growing 75-100 feet from where we intend to plant the new fruit tree. Would this help with pollinating the new tree or is it irrelevant?   * When and how should I prune Marjorie to maximise cropping?
Ok, lots of questions, I know - but can anyone help?

Choosing a damson tree

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 10:36

Thank you, Dovefromabove. I will check out that link. We tried Merryweather at Brogdale's Plum Day yesterday and weren't that keen on the flavour so it's good to know of others.



Posted: 13/08/2012 at 10:32

Shrinking Violet, how do you make Damson Gin? We have some damsons still in the freezer from last year - we got them from a Freecycler. We've made some jam from them (very successfully) and I'd love to make damson gin as well! Any recipe?

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