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trough plants

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 19:54

Strawberries grow well in troughs.

Soil PH Meters

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 22:47

Hi, glebelands welcome to the forum.

Sorry can't answer your Q but by responding it will bump you up to the top. I'd be interested in replies though as I was thinking of testing the PH levels in the soil on my plot.  

"Bug. Hotel"

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 22:41

Love the pics of the bug houses, do you think slow worms may take up residence, I so my second one on the plot at the weekend, tried to post a pic on another thread of the first one but couldn't load it using the tree at the top.

The solar powered gnome is a good idea to attract our little friends


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 22:06

Mines similar but prehaps with less yellow leaves, the ground looks very dry could be lack of water. I was going to water mine then put a mulch of compost down.

Did you plant last year? I did two lots one in October, one in February, the latter started in modules and these have all green leaves.

Sorry doesn't really answer your Q...someone else may have a better answer though.   

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:08

Watched it on iplayer.Interesting stuff.  

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', 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  


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