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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Advice for a lazy gardener please.. We have mostly grass and a nice gentleman comes and cuts it for us.. But we have this other bit, i guess like a rockery, little hill part.. I think it looks really messy, you can see the moss on the photo.. It's pretty hard soil and a pain to remove this and weeds that grow there.


Is there a magic potion i can spray on there that would kill the bad stuff and leave the plants and regular grass and hedge etc?? I live next to a Landi but my FR doesn't really stretch very well to discussing the finer points of gardening!

Yeah i know.. I'm lazy.. I'd rather sit in the garden drinking beer than down on my knees pulling weeds.
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Advice for a lazy gardener please.. We have mostly grass and a nice gentleman comes and cuts it for us.. But we have this other bit, i guess like a rockery, little hill part.. I think it looks really messy, you can see the moss on the photo.. It's pretty hard soil and a pain to remove this and weeds that grow there.


Is there a magic potion i can spray on there that would kill the bad stuff and leave the plants and regular grass and hedge etc?? I live next to a Landi but my FR doesn't really stretch very well to discussing the finer points of gardening!

Yeah i know.. I'm lazy.. I'd rather sit in the garden drinking beer than down on my knees pulling weeds.
No really magic potion I'm afraid. You could try spraying weed killer on the weeds between the plants (vinca minor/periwinkle is what they are) very carefully and hope that you don't get them as well but it will be very tricky and time consuming.
It's best to pull up the weeds when they are small and first appear to make life easier for yourself in the long term.

Vinca is a good ground cover plant so it should cover the whole surface pretty quickly and prevent lots of weeds growing in between.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Actually this looks quite good to me. There are no proper weeds to be seen. Moss is actually a good thing. It will slowly cover the ground and help to keep it moist. Absolutely love Vinca, have one here as well. It is quite a quick growing plant and in about 2 years that border will be covered so densely by moss and vinca that weeds won't have much of a chance.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Thanks people!! I thought i should be scraping off the moss!

I employed the labour of the kids tonight to pull out obvious weeds like dandelions so i guess it's not too bad..

It would be quite nice to have a splash of extra colour there too, any recommendations? Something that i can get from Landi next door and just plop into a little hole and forget? The area is somewhat shaded by two huge trees but still gets a lot of sun in the afternoon.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

the city just sent us Garden owners a booklet illustrating "Problempflanzen" and the Sommerflieder (Buddleja davidii) is on the list. It is not clear to me if I need to remove it, but until they tell me to start cutting, I'll just be sure to keep the flowers from seeding.

I don't have too much concern that I need to remove it, since they did a very thorough inventory of the garden before handing over the lease. But at least I won't feel guilty if I decide to do something else with that area of the garden
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

In my 15 yrs as care taker here i was never approached by the village about our 2 Buddleias and they were planted on purpose by the landscape gardener,when the appt. block was built. I don't suppose you'll have to get rid of yours, after all it is a haven for wildlife.

The only plant that was inspected once was the Cotoneaster, when there was a massive outbreak of fire blight in CH which threatened loads of fruit bearing trees. Cotoneaster is known to be a carrier(??) of the bacterium
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Thanks people!! I thought i should be scraping off the moss!

I employed the labour of the kids tonight to pull out obvious weeds like dandelions so i guess it's not too bad..

It would be quite nice to have a splash of extra colour there too, any recommendations? Something that i can get from Landi next door and just plop into a little hole and forget? The area is somewhat shaded by two huge trees but still gets a lot of sun in the afternoon.
If your family likes berries, how about a few shrubs of the currant family? You can get red, black and white varieties, plant is hardy and only needs to be cut back occassionaly in fall.
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Is there a magic potion i can spray on there that would kill the bad stuff and leave the plants and regular grass and hedge etc?? I live next to a Landi but my FR doesn't really stretch very well to discussing the finer points of gardening!
Yeah i know.. I'm lazy.. I'd rather sit in the garden drinking beer than down on my knees pulling weeds.
I agree with the beer part but I am still mentally smacking your arse. Weed killer indeed. I suggest you get a good few bags of wood chips & sprinkle it around the existing plants. It won't stop weeds but will help suppress them & make it look cared for. They sell wood chips in Landi. You'll need maybe 5 bags for that space.
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Thanks people!! I thought i should be scraping off the moss!

I employed the labour of the kids tonight to pull out obvious weeds like dandelions so i guess it's not too bad..

It would be quite nice to have a splash of extra colour there too, any recommendations? Something that i can get from Landi next door and just plop into a little hole and forget? The area is somewhat shaded by two huge trees but still gets a lot of sun in the afternoon.
You could put a few ground cover roses (definitely available in Landi - ' fairy ' is a good one and available in several colours) in amongst the vinca. That would give you some colour throughout the summer especially if you dead head them regularly. ( a bit of work but worth it)

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I agree with the beer part but I am still mentally smacking your arse. Weed killer indeed. I suggest you get a good few bags of wood chips & sprinkle it around the existing plants. It won't stop weeds but will help suppress them & make it look cared for. They sell wood chips in Landi. You'll need maybe 5 bags for that space.
I think he'd need a lot more than 5 bags for that space to get a good cover but they are very cheap in Landi.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

It took some time, but our "garden grill space" is finally ready!



Here is what it looked like in October:



After replacing some rotten beams and pulling down a TON of dead stuff, we had this:



And yesterday I finally made the trip to the recycling center to get rid of the old beams (and some other odd trash I found while cleaning up over the winter). This allowed me to give the place a good sweep, move some things around and wash off the table and chairs.


There is a kiwi between us and the neighbor's. Since the city made me take down the bamboo "wall", I will focus on training the kiwi to become a living wall. Still more to do, but at least now Dan can enjoy the garden while I am working in it
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There is a kiwi between us and the neighbor's. Since the city made me take down the bamboo "wall", I will focus on training the kiwi to become a living wall. Still more to do, but at least now Dan can enjoy the garden while I am working in it
Good luck with that. With two or three Kiwis doing a Haka... perhaps, but you'll probably get complaints about the noise.
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Good luck with that. With two or three Kiwis doing a Haka... perhaps, but you'll probably get complaints about the noise.
I thought about re-wording that, but figured it could be fun...
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I have some tall hibiscus in my front garden, which I am renovating. They are pruned and just starting to slowly flower.

Can I dig them up and replant in the back garden temporarily?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Close to 150 plants put in the ground on Saturday. A lot of them are ground cover plants - but did also include a dozen fairly large Berberis's (red and green) and 2 dozen Spirea.

Fortunately I wasn't on my own - SWMBO also lent a hand complete with sleeping baby on her back
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Thanks for answering and the tips...
It is a potted indoor winter outdoor summer tree/ bush/plant.The scales aren^t too bad but they never seem to go away.But will try with the curd soap.(where do you buy that?)
Actually other than the scales the tree looks pretty healthy( at least to me but who knows I might be missing out on something.Maybe it is time to repot with some citrus soil.
Yes the scent of the blossoms is intoxicating.
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Curd soap is celled Kernseife in German. Larger supermarkets should have it. It's basically raw soap without any of the nice stuff such as scent or colouring or the stuff that's good for your skin added. My OH usually prepares the lather by cutting or breaking bits off and leaving them in water overnight.

Apparently, the lather both attacks the sticky outer shell of the scale insects and makes it difficult for them to breathe. It may take several rounds of spraying (as in repeat about twice a week) until they actually die though.

If you have small amounts of scale, it is perfectly acceptable to scratch this off with your fingernails or a coarse sponge or something similar. Just be careful not spread them around by accident so be careful what else you touch with those tools before you wash them. If only one part of the tree is affected , it is also okay just to prune that one branch. It's when the whole tree is affected that you need to start using tougher methods.

Does your tree flower? Normally if it does, that is a good sign. Is the growth even or stunted? Trees under stress whill sometimes produce lots of short twigs with malformed or small leves rather than fewer longer ones with full sized leaves. Are the leaves a healthy green or do they pale into something yellowish? Are the leaves on fresh growths reddish (they should be). Discoloration problems typically indicate either an iron shortage in the soil, or incorrect pH in the soil. What is the colour of the bark. Is there a black gooish stuff on it that you can scrape away with your fingernails but that feels sticky afterwards? If so, it's a nasty fungus that you need to spray against. Does the pot/container drain well? The most common cause of lemon trees feeling unwell is because of root rot caused by waterlogging due to blocked or absent drainage. Fortunately this is easy to reverse if you take away the root cause of the problem (bad pun there). One test is to intentionally over-water and observe how long it takes until water runs out the bottom of the container.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Question for those who grow strawberries in rainy climes:

Do you use 'Erdbeerenholzwolle' or some other underlay, or not?

I let the strawberries on their own for a few years, with a decent harvest, but the cursed slugs often beat me to the berries.

Last year I carefully planted using Holzwolle (a wood shavings product) as an underlay. Fewer slug eaten berries, but the cover seemed to trap too much moisture, I ended up with some sort of disease on several plants.

Cleaning out the beds now, wondering which approach to take this year.

So what do all y'all do for your strawberries?

Many thanks.

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I let the strawberries on their own for a few years, with a decent harvest, but the cursed slugs often beat me to the berries.
I recently learnt a trick here.

Strawberries that have been partially eaten by slugs are far more attractive for slugs than untouched ones. They don't need to work their way through the tough outer skin first, and the aroma is also much stronger. Gardeners who pick and throw away partially eaten strawberries are doing themselves no favour as they are forcing the slugs to seek out and attack the whole ones. Apparently if you leave the slugs the semi eaten ones they leave the others alone.

Not tested this myself yet, but the theory sounds credible.

As for your underlay question, I use straw. The cheapest source is buying it from farmers but if you don't know any farmers, pet shops have it too.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I have never heard the term Erdbeerholz,here are my tips to get a good harvest. I once had a proper allotment too

Strawberry plants profit immensely from being underlined(sp?) with something, instead of just growing without protection.

So my books say,commonly used are:
- Straw (Stroh), the most used material, keeps the soil moist and the fruits
clean
- saw dust (Sägespäne) same good properties as Straw
- 'Wood wool' ( literary translated Holzwolle), just as well as above and
also perfectily useable for balcony containers, as it is less 'dirty' than
straw or sawdust, especially when your balcony gets strong gusts of
wind.....
- bark shavings (Rindenmulch)

For my classic allotment I used straw with good results and for the containers now on the balcony I use Holzwolle. All of them are available in LANDI stores as well as well stocked Coop or Migros garden centers.
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Apparently if you leave the slugs the semi eaten ones they leave the others alone.
Interesting approach, worth trying.

Should I leave the semi eaten berries on the plant, or would it be better if I placed them along the borders, to draw the slugs away from the plants?

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- 'Wood wool' ( literary translated Holzwolle),
Holzwolle was indeed what I used last year - I wonder, though, if I put it on too thickly, perhaps not enough air got through and so caused the fungus/disease/whatever?

How thick or thin of a cover do you use, EE? And, do you use it only as a ring around each plant, or do you cover the full bed?

I more or less covered the bed last year, as by the end of the season my mature plants sent out so many tendrils the bed ended up fairly thickly planted. Mounding Holzwolle around each new plant left little uncovered space in the bed. Perhaps this was a mistake?


Again, thanks to you both for the advice!
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