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How to clear field

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 15:24

Sorry to pour cold water...but the black plastic method, whilst growing good spuds will also encourage slugs and snails who will feast on them. You may still want to use this method as it will hopefully sort out your nettles, but don't expect perfect potatoes too.


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:19

I do like it when they chop up all the litter into a million pieces when they mow.

Seriously it is mainly the fault of the "management" whoever they may be. The council/contractor management are ultimately responsible for the selection, training, instruction and supervision of the staff. It seems that it's not the latter that we are getting on the cheap, but lazy and incompetent managers as well.

How to clear field

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 09:19

Jgill's problem is that the main weeds are nettles so something fairly drastic and or physical will be needed to get rid of them before anything else can be done.Unfortunately nettles will relish growing through the lovely manure you put on top of them.... it will not smother them. Rotovating could chop them up into a squillion pieces to grow on.Does anyone have any first hand experience of ridding the ground of nettles?

P.S. I would leave some nettles for the butterflies to lay their eggs upon.

chick weed

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:09

Lets face it all our soils are stuffed to overflowing with loads of weedseeds and other nasties. The soil has been around longer than man. It's all part of the fun of gardening....

How to clear field

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:07

Not sure how large your field is but the important thing is not to bite off more than you can chew. You can always increase your plot later. Glysophate is the best known systemmic weedkiller and widely available in garden centres. Or you could cover with old carpet and leave for about 6 months (est.) Your local carpet shop may be able to help locate some. Potatoes are always a good crop for year 1 as they are said to help you clean the plot. 

Nettles have large and tough root systems, which the glysophate will attack. Don't try digging unless you are sure you are not leaving bits of root behind to grow next year. It is a bit brittle and breaks easily. Problem.

Anyway, have a go, keep at it and you will succeed.....

Talkback: How to harvest sweetcorn

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:52
They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch.

Comunal Yard

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:36

As you have your plants in pots already, and have a successful watering regime I would go for lots, lots more in pots. start with tulips, daffs and other spring bulbs. Go for a few varieties only, and choose by colours that you like... say pots of orange tulips, alongside others with purple tulips. Grow dahlias in pots, again put 3 of a single variety per pot, for maximum effect. Lots of annuals as well... go to your local GC and choose the ones you like on the day. Pot up en masse, water, feed (liquid tomato fertiliser is best, added when you water), the more the merrier. 

As you don't have much storage room, and if you can afford it, go for new bulbs, plants etc. each year and bin the old ones as they die off. In a large garden the rest of us can overwinter our dahlias, daffs etc. Annuals always have to be replaced, and tulips mostly don't repeat well. 

Anyway others will give you alternatives, or will critique my ideas....... patience and your forum friends will soon be adding to this.

Help identifying this weed, please?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:22

It's a lovely plant and whilst you may not want to let it seed you should enjoy it for what it is.... and let your friendly hoverflies have their enjoyment too.

chick weed

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:19

Hoe,hoe, hoe.....

spare room

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:17

We all have to pay for water one way or another. I think we sometimes undervalue it. It can't be free. I think it is far cheaper than letting my plants die and my investment in my garden in terms of time, effort and money wasted. If you have Satellite TV, smoke cigarettes, continually update your mobile phone then perhaps priorities should be reviewed. Also whilst wastage is a problem, and largely due to underinvestment in the past when the water companies were in the public sector, it is nowhere near 50%. 

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