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Re: How about a gardening thread?

they can creep very fast under fences and hedges into those gardens too.

A friend had to pay 1000s to get rid of bamboo that had gone wild on their property.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I planted them in largish pots. Should be ok I hope?

The neighbours are currently all busy dealing with some sort of ''invasive Asian plant'' that one neighbour seems fond of
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

In a large pot should be fine- but examine the pot regularly for any root popping out and making their way over- or from the central hole. They are real thugs.

Asian plant- Japanese Knotweed, not so pretty. Or Himalayan Balsam- very pretty pink flower but truly invasive and can block and kill streams ans rivers.
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I planted them in largish pots. Should be ok I hope?

The neighbours are currently all busy dealing with some sort of ''invasive Asian plant'' that one neighbour seems fond of
They’re on a balcony aren’t they?
They should be absolutely fine in large pots and you’ll easily be able to chop the roots off once they start poking out. They should make very good privacy screens.
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They’re on a balcony aren’t they?
They should be absolutely fine in large pots and you’ll easily be able to chop the roots off once they start poking out. They should make very good privacy screens.
True.
But if you ever move out or have any reason to throw them away, you may not put them into the bio-ton!!

I know, some neighbours had this situation when they moved. It's no problem though, they just need to be burnt (=regular trash).

Have fun, I may have made a negative impression but I love bamboo too!
They just need some special consideration, that's all.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Ah, did not see about pot on balcony. There is a house near here where the garden has totally taken over a huge corner of the garden. And my friend, so sadly no longer with us, who lived in a mansion by the lake planted some in a corner before she became ill. Her husband did not take any notice, and 15 years later it cost him over 10.000 to get it all dug out.

I actually love bamboo- but remember the massive buildings made by huge bamboos in Zanzibar where we stayed, and visiting a bamboo forest in Maui, trees about 30 metres high and 40cm diam. Impressive.
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Calling all you creative EF gardeners:

I have an apple tree and a wild plum that produce out-of-this world delicious fruit.. I look forward to them all year.

However given my current wobbliness I really feel unsafe climbing a ladder in order to pick the fruit I can't reach - which is most of it. A telescoping fruit picker is of only marginal help, as most of the fruit is still too high up to reach. If I let the apples or plums fall to collect them on the ground they fall victim to the slugs before i can get to them.

I thought of putting up some kind net to catch the fruit as it falls, something that sits above ground level, but am at a loss as to how to do so.

Any ideas?

Many thanks.
Saw the Wolf Garten fruit picker basket today at the hardware store and thought of you. I found this video comparing it with the Gardena.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7U9C7Jnoyw

Have you used one of these before? We bought the longest Wolf Garten Telescopic handle (with a variety of attachments) to use for cleaning the pergola roof.

Perhaps you have already found a solution?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Sultry morning here. The Louise roses are blooming and the peonies have started; Forever Summer hortensia, too. This sweet girl followed me home from England in 1974. Her embryonic face and veined-leaf "ears" had me at first glance. Last winter I nabbed Delft-ish pots of hyacinth bulbs for 3Euros at LIDL. They bloomed well, and I stuffed them in the garden not expecting anything. Here they are in June with new flower buds. Reminds me of the time I tortured narcissus bulbs by planting them in June, only to have them confusedly flower in July.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Yesterday, a neighbour from far up the road stopped whilst I was gardening out the front.
"It looks lovely", she commented.
"Thankyou", I replied, "You're too kind".
"No, really", she replied. "It's so different from what everyone else has done".

So different? Oh, dear. What have I done now?

I immediately thought of Meloncollie's posts here describing the geranium police and how she had tried to do things differently in her garden. I had to smile but I think in this case, I didn't need to worry.
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Yesterday, a neighbour from far up the road stopped whilst I was gardening out the front.
"It looks lovely", she commented.
"Thankyou", I replied, "You're too kind".
"No, really", she replied. "It's so different from what everyone else has done".
I think I need of a photo of this "different" garden
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Saw the Wolf Garten fruit picker basket today at the hardware store and thought of you. I found this video comparing it with the Gardena.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7U9C7Jnoyw

Have you used one of these before? We bought the longest Wolf Garten Telescopic handle (with a variety of attachments) to use for cleaning the pergola roof.

Perhaps you have already found a solution?
Thanks Mrs D!

I have the Wolf Garden fruit picker, but I'm not sure if it's the longest available. it reaches about 2.5 meters.

My wild plum is at least 6 meters tall, and most of the fruit is at the top of the tree - so the fruit picker isn't long enough. The plums must tree ripen, which means that it's a race to get to them before they fall off. (These are the tiny olive sized plums - out of this world delicious when truly ripe.)

The apple is not too tall, maybe 3 meters. But I did something stupid when I planted it. It's on the top level of our garden, overhanging the slope down to the next level. So the apples fall down the slope, getting lost in the ground cover - where the slugs find them before I do. I can't navigate the slope if trying to pick from the mid level, and hanging over the top level is dicey as well.

(Note to gardeners: Plant for your later years!)

Last year we put a net down on the ground to hopefully collect the fruit as it fell. I see now that the net needs to be suspended above the ground, like the upside-down umbrella thingy someone posted upthread. I also used net material that was too thin, the apples tore it as they fell. This year we are going to try to make something akin to that upside down umbrella suspended net.

Come to think of it, I have an old market umbrella that is quite weather-beaten. I might be able to rig something using that as a starting point...

Whatever I make it will likely be ugly as sin not fit in with the neighbourhood aesthetics. Here's hoping the neighbors don't object. Maybe I should plan to send 'round wild plum jam and apple butter.

Oh the things we do for a bit of fruit with real taste!


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And while I'm updating previous queries, fyi:

Putting elemental sulfur down has done wonders for my blueberries! One of the patches was looking particularly sad - and now the plants are flourishing. (Knock wood - the season is still young...)
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I think I need of a photo of this "different" garden
The garden isn't different - just one aspect of it. I don't have a photo but I'll take one and send it to you.
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