Zoomer44


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Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:08

The plot has laid fallow for several years and was covered in black plastic with stuff growing through were the plastic had become displaced by wind. The land has good drainage though, prehaps to good as it's on a slope. It's getting lot's of oxygen having never been dug over for years and there are worms in the soil although it's not teeming with them.

Interestingly enough the horsestail is coming up where the plastic was, bindweed is coming up in the exposed sites.

More by accident than design I've double dug in mushroom compost on some beds and this contains lime to stop the mushrooms from growing. Drinkwaters Farm is local and I was thinking of asking if they give their compost away . It would improve the soil and also kill the horsetail. 

I was aiming to retain some of the water in the soil with the compost before it drained off but am I right in thinking according to your research Autumn dh the lime will help slow down horsetail but retaining water will encourage it 

As I'd planned to use roundup on the bindweed, three approaches with the horsestail wouldn't hurt, weedkiller, lime compost and pulling out...

On a positive note there must be a family of slow worms living at the bottom of the plot, another one ventured out from the pile of stuff down there to watch me digging over the soil yesterday.

Thanks for the link Dove, guess I won't be using creosote                 

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:08

Both the stumps and brambles are putting out small leaves so will wait till next weekend and try again. 

I did cut into the bark with a saw, one stump though is possibly 2ft wide and was felled a couple of years ago. Not sure what you mean by a single trunk or a sucker variety, this one has come up several feet from the main trunk with small minor branches growing from the base and sides. The other tree stump is alot narrower and felled this year, the roots are lot smaller and if I can kill it, will, hopefully, be able to dig it out.

Will check out the RHS website.

The brambles aren't as much of a problem as they can be dug out. 

Growing bindweed up canes sounds a good plan,  when do they flower, I'm not sure I'd be able to wait

 

A vote of confidence....

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:33

I was in a local GC yesterday and asked for pruning adivse about a Loganberry fruit bush I'd bought. After telling me how it grew the guy suggested I went on line and visited Gardners'world.com, whom, he said, usually give very good advise about different plants.

So give yourselves a pat on the back   

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:22

Thanks for the responses.

When I was at the GC checking out weed killers another customer suggested creosote on bindweed and just keep pulling the marestail out.  

I've tried roundup on the tree stumps and on a couple of brambles I'd missed...followed the intructions but it didn't seem to work, will try it again though hopefully the second dose will work.

Can you advise on a weed killer containing glyphosate. 

 

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:48

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem on the allotment ...but over the past week bindweed and marestail has started to grow in the part I've yet to dig over.

I've been digging out bindweed roots along with brambles for weeks and noticed some black roots, which have come out too - I've realised this is marestail , there have also been loads of unidentifed tubers which have been dug up, they are long and nobbly with tiny white thread roots, I've dug out most of these but a few have come up in the raised beds. 

Q- how do I to get rid of bindweed and marestail?

I've read the thread  talking about marestail and it seems best solution is just to keep pulling it out  

Q - Does roundup really work? I painted it on neat in cuts made on the bark of two tree stumps, several weeks ago and one has shoots starting to produce leaves      

Q- how can I kill the tree stumps.

On a positive note another slow worm came out to bask in the sun today whilst I was digging over the plot  

 

Planting First Earley Potatoes

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:01

Planted out 1st earlies a couple of weeks ago and they are just coming through. One lot of 2nd earlies went out today and I'm hoping to get main crop planted next weekend.

It's certainly a lot easier growing in bags. The soil on my allotment hasn't been worked for several years so it's packed solid and boy does it dry out quickly, the ridge of soil for the 1st earlies to earth up with was dried and cracked this weekend after just a few days sunshine, is this normal?    

Wildflower seeds

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:51

I thought about sowing a wild flower mix on the boundary of my allotment but when I looked at the prices and didn't know how much seed would be needed decided to make my own mix of flowers from free magazine seeds. 

I've opted for bee friendly one's, some ground cover others slightly taller but nothing really big which would need support. I then looked at when each could be sown and opted for those which can be sown direct. It might not be a wild flower mix but no messing with fridges and stuff...

        

Potatoe Shoots Up or Down

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:00

Don't think it really matters Orchid Lady but I usually plant them with the most shoots on top.

What cucumber are people growing this year?

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 21:15

I'm growing Marketmore, I cheated this year and bought four plants from Aldi

Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 21:06

Hi, Frank, the weather thread has not been the same without you, nice to have you back. 

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