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Woodgreen wonderboy

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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%. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:06

Scorchio here ( I am temporarily in Worcester) sun tan topped up, vino imbibed, cricket watched, feet elevated.  zzzzzzzzzzzzz

clematis in need of identification

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 18:28

Woopie... great floriferous clem. Hack back to 1 ft or so in spring , feed and stand back! Mine drapes itself elegantly over a tripod of old wooden tree supports. Not sure if it is as clingy and climby as most clems.... more of a couch potato needing a bit of support and encouragement to look it's best.

Moans about GW

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 09:47

As a foremost gardening nation it is part of BBC's public service remit to provide ample high quality gardening programmes and advice to all gardeners, large and small, young and old and experienced or newbie. BBC bosses should no more consider the cancellation of GW than they would miss the Wimbledon final or a test match (oops they lost that one years ago).

As someone who learnt at the collective knees of Percy, Arthur, Geoff and Alan ( all old and best friends) I do find it hard to warm to MD. Dogs and background music are a distraction  and with some of the clips I often fail to see what the "learning points" were to help me be a better gardener. A programme which was once mandatory viewing in this household is sadly no longer thus. 

Come on BBC, you need a root and branch  review of your gardening coverage... a range of programmes to suit all needs from the makeover to the latest innovations and help for those who have gardened for years and "know it all" already.

At present the gardening community feels let down for a number of reasons. The solutions are in your hands... the only one for me is to switch off.

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Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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