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cab



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 05 5:36 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

culpepper wrote:

Cant find a single deadly nightshade plant though so doesnt look like I'll be able to save any berries after all.


Hmmm. Don't be surprised if seedlings appear now you've disturbed the soil. It'll lie dormant for years then the seeds germinate and it's everywhere.

I've never seen a white flowered cultivar, all the ones I've seen have been purple. I've only ever seen the white ones in pictures.

culpepper



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 05 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well I'll keep my eyes peeled incase any show up.Im using weed supressing sheet to cover the dug bits but theres plenty that isnt dug yet.
We did try weed killing the whole lot last year(did it twice) but although it did look a bit sorry for itself,it just recovered after a few weeks and was as overgrown as ever.

culpepper



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 05 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

heres how its looking so far...

The weeds and bramble were all over and up to the height of the white fence 6 weeks ago.
Im quite proud of my mud.
Ive got 2 rows of potatoes in which are just coming through too [/img]

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 05 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You need to plant a few blackberries now and something to hide the fence.

Well done! If you are not going to use all the land right away a green manure should keep the weeds down and keep in the nutrients.

culpepper



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 05 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

By a green manure,do you mean to spread over it mulch style or planted ,Comfrey for instance.We have weed supressing sheets over most of the dug area (the black stuff in the pic) ,not sure how weed supressing it actually will prove to be but anything is better than just leaving it to go back to weed.We are away for 2 weeks next month so wont be able to dig up any bindweed I see peeping through where a bit of root got missed.
Ive no idea where one gets Comfrey and wether one buys it at plants or seed.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 05 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I mean sowing something all over the ground that will grow and cover the soil with small plants. When you're ready to use the ground you dig the green manure in and it rots adding organic matter to the soil. While it grows it stops weeds, stops nutrients being washed out and can even fix nitrogen depending on the plant.

For example, look at www.kingsseeds.com and go to shop, veg and then green manures.

culpepper



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 05 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thats a very useful link

Didnt realise there was so much you could just dig in.

At present Im still clearing the rest ,of couch grass, bramble roots and bindweed.
My neighbour at the old house used to keep her veg plot going all year by always replacing the crop as she harvested

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