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Old 02.11.2016, 13:35
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Basically .. It's leaves on grass. Like 30m x 40m . Leaves are from an "ornamental pear" tree which is huge and old.. And the tree which makles hazlenuts
Both pear and hazelnut leaves are relatively tough and if you don't remove them now they will still be there in the Spring. Pears don't tend to produce very many leaves but hazelnuts may, depending on the size of the tree. Furthermore, where there are hazelnut leaves there are likely to be loads of hazelnuts and if you don't remove those you'll have saplings all over the lawn next year.I would rake them off the grass and comost them.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Have just signed a contract to return back to NZ so have to start saying goodbye to my beloved balcony garden.

Mainly all fruit/berry plants - was intended to be entirely edible, but a few hydrageas crept in there! All for pick-up in Fribourg

I have spent years tending to these plants and enjoying eating the end results! So please help them survive the winter!!
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Old 06.11.2016, 14:34
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Well we got a pile of leaves lifted today.. Couple of 8chf rakes from Landi and filled the bag -- Kids loved it, fun Sunday job.
Found some mushrooms too - but i won't even try to discover if they're edible.

Our drainage is pretty bad so perfect for leaves rotting and mushrooms growing!

Yeah i know there are some leaves still there, the really big trees out of sight to my left and behind me were dropping as quick as we could pick them up.
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Old 07.11.2016, 12:48
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Awwww John, reminds me...of my janitoring days, we have a big metal container here (same size as for garbage) and when my kids were smaller they "helped" me when i had to rake the leaves, by jumping up and down inside of the container to press the leaves down and make space for everything this way the chore was always fun.

(btw,for the health and safety crazy peeps ) The container was on flat ground, brakes on and the lid folded down)
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Old 21.11.2016, 10:28
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Can someone pls help?

I urgently need to solve a water infiltration issue and need to find hydrogel powder that is used e.g. to make those rubbery decorative "pearls" that you often find in flower vases, or to mix with plant soil to absorb excess water.
(just to give an idea 1gr of hydrogel powder absorbs 50x its weight in liquids)

I've called Brico, Coop, some florists but apparently it is a mystery substance here in CH?
Found one supplier on amazon.it but they deliver only in 2 weeks' time

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Old 22.11.2016, 11:00
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Complete gardening novice here. I have one side of our garden which has a wire fence separating us from the neighbours garden. The fence is not very pretty, and I would like some privacy during the summer months. Any recommendation what is good to plant and hard to screw up for a privacy border?
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Old 22.11.2016, 11:06
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Complete gardening novice here. I have one side of our garden which has a wire fence separating us from the neighbours garden. The fence is not very pretty, and I would like some privacy during the summer months. Any recommendation what is good to plant and hard to screw up for a privacy border?
Privet is cheap, moderately pretty and grows qiuickly. Also easy to maintain and doesn't mind being cut back.

Pyracantha is also dirt cheap, has pretty flowers and berries (you can alternatue between different colours to make it more interesting). But it is thorny which may be a plus if you're worried about intruders but is a minus if you have small children.

If you want something more unusual, something I'm experimenting with myself right now is trifoliate orange. The thorns are vicious as hell and its decidious so only provides privacy in summer. But grows moderately quickly, has decorative flowers twice a year and the oranges remain on the tree after the leaves have fallen (around right now) so it still looks interesting for the first half of the winter (they eventually fall off). Established shrubs don't mind the frost. The oranges are primarily decorative mind you. You will find stuff on the internet on people having managed to do something with them, but that's not the main purpose.
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Old 22.11.2016, 11:28
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I should have been more specific.... i have hedge around the other borders and the idea is for this border between the neighbours to be a flower border.

So I am looking for something along those lines that grows in summer and provides some privacy
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Old 22.11.2016, 11:32
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

"Pyracantha is also dirt cheap, has pretty flowers and berries (you can alternatue between different colours to make it more interesting). But it is thorny which may be a plus if you're worried about intruders but is a minus if you have small children."

Yep, think football - deflated.
Think bike tyres - punctured - from having pruned and left bits in the grass (not always easy to see).
Pretty foliage, berries, etc, yes.
Deadly thorny? Yep!

Also the name should give you a hint, it comes from Latin - it can give you a fever if you get a bad scratch or a thorn in the skin.
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Old 22.11.2016, 11:36
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I should have been more specific.... i have hedge around the other borders and the idea is for this border between the neighbours to be a flower border.

So I am looking for something along those lines that grows in summer and provides some privacy
Climbing roses, raspberries, grapes. (not as much work as people would have you believe if you do the soil prep right).
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Old 22.11.2016, 11:55
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I should have been more specific.... i have hedge around the other borders and the idea is for this border between the neighbours to be a flower border.

So I am looking for something along those lines that grows in summer and provides some privacy
Clematis, honeysuckle, roses will all climb and grow along wire fences and provide colour.
Otherwise you could plant tall perennials up against the fence line. Valerian grows fairly tall, spreads very easily and flowers for mist if the summer. Also hollyhocks, delphiniums, foxgloves etc.
They want give as much privacy as climbers do as none of them will grow more than a metre/mètre and a half tall.
Or hydrangeas maybe.
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Old 22.11.2016, 12:13
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Complete gardening novice here. I have one side of our garden which has a wire fence separating us from the neighbours garden. The fence is not very pretty, and I would like some privacy during the summer months. Any recommendation what is good to plant and hard to screw up for a privacy border?
How much sun does it get?
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Old 22.11.2016, 13:12
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

It gets morning sun
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Old 22.11.2016, 13:22
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It gets morning sun
I'd go for a honeysuckle or a clematis, or both.

If you want quick cover, go for a clematis montana but you will have to hack it back each year.
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Old 28.11.2016, 12:32
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

The wife wanted Rhododendrons, so that's what we went with.... let's see how that goes.

I guess they will provide some be less privacy that honeysuckle or clematis.
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Old 28.11.2016, 13:34
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The wife wanted Rhododendrons, so that's what we went with.... let's see how that goes.
Don't forget that Rhododendrons need ericaceous (acid, non-alkaline) soil.

Additionally, if you've got vine weevils in your garden, then the adult beetles love the leaves but more seriously, the weevils love the roots of rhododendrons and azalea and can kill a plant.
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Old 28.11.2016, 13:56
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I guess they will provide some be less privacy that honeysuckle or clematis.
They have the potential to grow quite big and actually provide more privacy than honeysuckle or clematis but they will be green for most of the year.

I echo what Tom said above regarding soil and weevils.
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Old 28.11.2016, 14:20
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They have the potential to grow quite big and actually provide more privacy than honeysuckle or clematis but they will be green for most of the year.

I echo what Tom said above regarding soil and weevils.
What the others said.

I also have the impression that over here the rhodies are much more restrained in terms of how they flower compared to Blighty. Probably something with the climate.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Big walk in the sunshine with the lovely dogs (borrowed for a bit) - and then gardening 'with them' all afternoon - finally managed to cut back all the perrenials and pick up branches, etc, from the grass (can't call it a lawn really) - never ever done that mid December before. Had to come in for a cuppa as I was so hot! Out again in a mo- got to get doggies exhausted before the night...
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Its been cold but today I went to the garden to see what was going on. Not much, but that was no surprise. The tiny pond is frozen solid - I hope that the frogs are tucked in for the winter!


I also took my last hack at the apple tree. I was torn between the "don't take off more than 1/3 of the tree in a season" and "get this thing in shape!". We'll see how I did come spring...


My next project is to build and install a hedgehog house - I am really overly excited about this. I just hope that there are little "igels" around who are looking for a home. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to toss them my way. I've been reading up on the internet, but most everything out there is from the UK.


I need to call the Garteneri pretty soon and clarify something with them: The said that I can only have three trees (there are four). But the 4th tree is an almost-dead plum tree. What I would like is for the city to give me a year with all four trees. If the plum tree recovers, then I would prefer to keep it and instead remove one of the two apple trees.

Unless, of course, they just want me to remove the plum tree because there is so little left of it..

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