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Gardening tips

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by db, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Lancer165

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    I like your thinking, weed cleaner, you should patent that.
     
  2. Gramaisc

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    It has to be a 'novel' idea - unfortunately, it isn't - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum_hyemale#Domestic

    It's like a natural form of Scotch-Brite, possibly, it was the source of the idea for it..?
     
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    I asked my husband to buy me one of those weed burner wands, he refused, said I would probably burn my feet off! :(
     
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    They're dangerous. You could boil mango chutney with one of those.....

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  5. Lancer165

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    They are perfect for clearing my patio and footpaths, just make sure your toes are covered though.
     
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    Or even make Cheese on toast with boiling hot Mango Chutney? Maybe boiling Mango Chutney is the way forward to killing weeds?
     
  7. Gramaisc

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    What's going on here?

    Some weeks ago, I took a friend to Fletcher's and she bought four chrysanthemums, which looked identical at the time and appeared to be from the same batch - I planted them for her, about a foot apart, as seen below.

    One of them has gone berserk. the best of the other three can be seen at the right of the picture, the other two are about half that size. The soil may be slightly better at the left-hand end and there may be a tiny bit more light, but hardly enough to justify the difference. Any ideas?

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    OK, the second one is catching up a little bit more now...

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    They are clearly differnet varieties :) Nice though!
     
  12. Carole

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    We want to provide screening quickly in our garden, we’ve planted some trees but they’re not growing quickly enough.
    Any ideas on what will provide height quickly?
    We were watching Love it or List it the other day and they were at a house in Stone that had a beautiful garden. (Although I wasn’t keen on all the skeletons).
    Does anyone know what the plant is that’s a) growing up the trellis on the left of the skeleton in the first photo and b) growing at the back from the right hand side of the breeze house to the right hand side of the picture on the second photo?
    I accept it’s probably hard to tell from a photo of the tv screen.


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  13. BobClay

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    I have the opposite problem. I was given this Oak tree in a plant pot in my local during summer 2009. I staggered home and when I took it out of the pot, the roots were all balled up tight. Couldn't figure out how to untangle them so I just bunged it in the corner of the garden (where my previous spud crop had failed miserably) and left it to it. I thought 'If it survives, this will piss off my neighbours in about 50 years when I'm long gone.'

    LOOK AT IT NOW … it's growing exponentially ….. :eek:

    It's a bloody mutant tree, even the birds are scared of it. This is what comes of taking 'freebies' when you've had a few in the pub. (A lesson I still haven't learned.) :roll:
    Pix of just planted 2009 and last summer 2019.

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  14. Noah

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    Difficult to tell from the picture, I think that there are possibly two things growing together. One looks like a clematis - likes sun but the base in the shade and dies down in winter. There may also be a rambling rose - they don't stop rambling when you think they are big enough, they keep going.
     
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    I don't think this is what you're asking, but ironically on two counts it could help -

    - not on our left of the skeleton, but to the skeleton's left, bamboo can also do what you want it to so do.
     
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    thank you yes, it’s a possibility.
    We’d looked into it before. We hadn’t initially realised that are differing types of Bamboo. One goes straight up (clump forming) with not much impact on the rest of the garden. The other is running which grows up AND out and can become quite invasive.
    Because we have plants in front of where we need the height, we’d have to make sure that we got the correct one.
    It’s something to think about though.


    I’m not very good with clematis, it doesn’t grow quickly enough for me.
    I’m going to go to David Austin Roses in the spring for some roses for a different part of the garden.
    I’m never sure of the difference between a climbing rose and a rambling rose.
     
  17. Noah

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    Rambling roses only flower once in a year but produce a large mass of blossoms, they are also very vigorous. Climbing roses repeat flower through the season but produce individual flowers instead of clusters.

    If you fancy the odd hazel, I have some squirrel sown ones. Can be pruned into a bushy shrub.
     
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    I've like this Noah, but I'm doubtful because I'm the ultimate crap gardener. I'm might be the only person with some Irish blood on the planet who can't grow spuds. My tiny crop failed mightily about 12 or so years ago. I mentioned this in my local and really took some shit on it …. for example:

    "You planted then too deep."
    "You planted them too shallow."
    "You planted them upside down."
    "You planted them the wrong way round."
    "You didn't align them with the Earth's magnetic field."
    "You planted them during a full Moon."

    … there were many more with unrepeatable language here.
    Oh, and one I'm going to add myself:
    "I planted them without quantumly entangling them with a New Age, Punk Rock, Eastern spiritual fúckúp particle."

    I've since planted an oak tree in that ground and it's become Oakzilla !!!

    I give up. I'm just going to push the bloody lawn mower about in future (very reluctantly) and let nature do it's thing in the corner. :tumbleweed:
     
  19. Noah

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    I believe that in the folklore side of things there is some doubt as to whether root crops should be sown at the full moon or during a waning moon - either way at midnight, in the nude.
     
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    I'm going to draw the line on nude gardening in March. But I'm fully prepared to blame the Moon for my failure … it's an even more crap gardener than I am … I mean, when did you last hear of anything of worth growing on the Moon ?

    The Defence rests its case.:keke:
     

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