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I`ve found a solution for getting rid of meat/chicken bones .... I put them out on the "bird table" - a high up platform on a dead tree trunk, and the big hawk-like birds zoom down and grab them.

It`s become a regular daily occurence now - they come by every morning and early evening to check the table ... do a few circles... and then glide in, snatch with their claws, and glide off.

They seem to keep an eye on the table, as food last no longer than about 5 mins before its taken.
I actually am quite impressed with this idea. I myself would like to make a cute but simple bird tray any ideas around?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Can anyone help me identify this nuisance of a weed/plant i have growing between the patio, against the walls of the house and has started to spread all over my lawn I have tried to dig it up from the lawn but the roots run really deep. This is also an issue for pulling it up from the cracks between the patio as again the roots are deep and i can't get it out with a normal weed pick and it just repropogates with fury! It grows really fast and the place is looking like a forest again within 2 weeks.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Looks like a clematis to me- a montana which is very fast growing. You need to build a frame for it to climb up. It just won't flower if you keep hacking it. some people pay good money to have one- so lucky you.

Google it- the 'normal' one has white flowers, but other varieties have pale or darker pink- mine has purple flowers. There is also one with small yellow bells which actually flowers twice a year.

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oh yikes really?? its desirable?? Maybe i will let a bunch of it flower then and see if thats what it really is.. Why on earth do they pay for this.. It spreads like wildfire. Seriously, i cut away some as is was all over the flowerbed and the spot where i left it on the grass for the time i was working on the flowerbed has erupted in shoots of this stuff.. it is all over the place and smothering all my other plants How do i get it out of the grass? Maybe I should start selling!!!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

A weed is any plant you don't like in your garden.

Some Clematis are really invasive and on noxious plant registers in the U.S. (They were imports from Europe originally).

Even the dreaded Japanese knot weed which is really invasive, notably down in Ticino, was orginally bough to Europe as an ornamental plant by the victorians.

If you don't like it, and digging it up doesn't work, then you'll need to get a systematic weedkiller that you apply to the leaves which will then work it's way down through the plant and kill the whole thing.
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A weed is any plant you don't like in your garden.

Oh right I still have a lot to learn

There are so many types of weedkiller.. a whole aisle full.. any tips? I have kids so the safer the better if such a thing exists..
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Oh right I still have a lot to learn

There are so many types of weedkiller.. a whole aisle full.. any tips? I have kids so the safer the better if such a thing exists..
Actually, I try and avoid using weedkillers etc myself but if you take a piece of the plant to Landi or similar, you could ask them what to suggest.

The one I use on the leaves is to kill bindweed which will continue to grow even if you 'think' you've pulled it all up.
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Oh right I still have a lot to learn

There are so many types of weedkiller.. a whole aisle full.. any tips? I have kids so the safer the better if such a thing exists..
Glyphosphate (which the Americans call Roundup) is legal in Switzerland and for sale in Landi. The problem is it's for sale in 5kg quantities... which I bought, but I have rather a big garden (2,000 square metres) and expect to be here long term! We've used about 20g this year on the drive and getting rid of brambles, so it will last a while. It's probably sold in smaller quantities.

It's meant to be fairly innocuous, only affects plants when it's on their leaves for a few days (but kills roots in a few weeks) and breaks down in the soil in 60 days. I'd suggest not letting your kids play where you've sprayed it until it's rained, but since what it does is block certain metabolic pathways in plants, it should do no harm. Try to use as little as possible though as it does disrupt amphibian reproductive cycles when it gets into the wild.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

My laurel is dieing!!!

This started months ago, but I've been lazy and haven't tried too hard to save it. The background:

Bought the bush last fall from Obi and immediately put it into a *slightly* larger pot. It lives on the 4th floor east-facing apartment in Basel. As you know, we had a non-existent winter, so the temperatures never dropped down very far. I kept/keep it watered in a pot that drains. After the first leaf brown started to show I stuffed some plant food stakes into the soil but nothing changed.

The original leaves eventually all died and fell off, but new shoots came out. Now these are browning and dieing as well.

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I`ve found a solution for getting rid of meat/chicken bones .... I put them out on the "bird table" - a high up platform on a dead tree trunk, and the big hawk-like birds zoom down and grab them.

It`s become a regular daily occurence now - they come by every morning and early evening to check the table ... do a few circles... and then glide in, snatch with their claws, and glide off.

They seem to keep an eye on the table, as food last no longer than about 5 mins before its taken.
*sigh* do you live near me?

I have several refillable concrete ponds for my geese, and the problem is that crows keep coming and dropping bones into them (I assume the crows are washing barbecue sauce off). The meat on the bones then rots in the water in spectacular white fungus and I have to clean out the pond (luckily quite easy) before the geese will go back in.

I also just love finding bones covered in rotting meat on my lawn (they're not from us, we're vegetarian), and I'm sure everyone else does too! Bear in mind that neither crows or kites actually eat bones and they will leave them somewhere else, slightly picked over. Hopefully that's normally a field where they will rot away, but often it's going to be someone's garden.
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oh yikes really?? its desirable?? Maybe i will let a bunch of it flower then and see if thats what it really is.. Why on earth do they pay for this.. It spreads like wildfire. Seriously, i cut away some as is was all over the flowerbed and the spot where i left it on the grass for the time i was working on the flowerbed has erupted in shoots of this stuff.. it is all over the place and smothering all my other plants How do i get it out of the grass? Maybe I should start selling!!!
I don't think that is a Clematis.... not a Clematis expert but my mum loves them and none of hers look like that. The leaves are different: {http://www.clematisonline.co.uk/clematis-montana-rubens-pi-36.html?osCsid=2maju8p9oaqkp06i3a70k5cjr6} and it doesn't look like it is going to climb.

I don't know what it is though!
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A question to all gardeners:
Which flowers or plants would you choose to have on a sunny balcony, so that they don't get completely dry during a hot summer? I have some window boxes on my balcony railing (very secure, before anyone asks) and I was quite upset when I saw what happened there this morning. All my flowers were almost completely dry. Any idea about what should I choose so that I have at least something green in there, and that last this way?
Now, my dream was always something like this, but it seems I'm doing something wrong.



Have plenty of (mostly terracotta) pots with different plants that are doing fine, it is only the window boxes I am a complete failure at.
Tomatoes? They like it pretty hot. Maybe more practical than you were looking for though!
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Looks like a clematis to me- a montana which is very fast growing. You need to build a frame for it to climb up. It just won't flower if you keep hacking it. some people pay good money to have one- so lucky you.

Google it- the 'normal' one has white flowers, but other varieties have pale or darker pink- mine has purple flowers. There is also one with small yellow bells which actually flowers twice a year.
This looks like what I call a Virginia Creeper, it is super invasive! I inherited this plant when I bought my house back in the US. The more you cut it back, the heartier it grows!
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My laurel is dieing!!!

This started months ago, but I've been lazy and haven't tried too hard to save it. The background:

Bought the bush last fall from Obi and immediately put it into a *slightly* larger pot. It lives on the 4th floor east-facing apartment in Basel. As you know, we had a non-existent winter, so the temperatures never dropped down very far. I kept/keep it watered in a pot that drains. After the first leaf brown started to show I stuffed some plant food stakes into the soil but nothing changed.

The original leaves eventually all died and fell off, but new shoots came out. Now these are browning and dieing as well.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what could be wrong?

Check the back side of the leaves for any evidence of an insect., like webs or spots.
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This looks like what I call a Virginia Creeper, it is super invasive! I inherited this plant when I bought my house back in the US. The more you cut it back, the heartier it grows!
I'm, not sure if its a clematis but its definitely no Virginia creeper.

What both have in common though is that they are extremely invasive weeds that look pretty and thus get planted in all the wrong places.
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I'm, not sure if its a clematis but its definitely no Virginia creeper.

What both have in common though is that they are extremely invasive weeds that look pretty and thus get planted in all the wrong places.

You're correct! I was misinformed as well now I'm curious as mine never bloomed.
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Most bushes flower on the previous year's wood- if you keep hacking it, it will never ever flower

I've got one in my garden, and the leaves are exactly the same.
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My laurel is dieing!!!

This started months ago, but I've been lazy and haven't tried too hard to save it. The background:

Bought the bush last fall from Obi and immediately put it into a *slightly* larger pot. It lives on the 4th floor east-facing apartment in Basel. As you know, we had a non-existent winter, so the temperatures never dropped down very far. I kept/keep it watered in a pot that drains. After the first leaf brown started to show I stuffed some plant food stakes into the soil but nothing changed.

The original leaves eventually all died and fell off, but new shoots came out. Now these are browning and dieing as well.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what could be wrong?

Scroll back to post #787 - I am wondering if this is a similar problem/disease. Laurel and rhodedendron are somewhat related (someone with reference books to hand can check and come back and fill us in) and they populate similar terrain if growing wild.
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Scroll back to post #787 - I am wondering if this is a similar problem/disease. Laurel and rhodedendron are somewhat related (someone with reference books to hand can check and come back and fill us in) and they populate similar terrain if growing wild.
It could be. Laurel is affected by the same disease.

Incidentally, I didn't hear back from anyone when I reported.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Every time I scroll past that post I wonder if you had any response...and assume of course that EF gardeners would be first to know
The discolouration in your photos and the laurel photos are ominously similar...

Curiosity was getting the best of me - Laurel and rhododendron are both members of the plant family Ericaceae, so not unlikely both are susceptible to similar diseases. In addition to certain areas of the US (Appalachia in particular) these plants are native to many Himalayan regions. Years ago I did a translation for a woman working on a PhD thesis that mapped certain plants species in the Himalayas, laurels and rhododendron appeared very frequently. I was ever so envious each time she headed out to do fieldwork.
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