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Suggestions/Questions / Killing weeds in paving.
« on: February 23, 2016, 12:08:21 PM »
Many people suggest spraying brick paving weeds with a combination of salt, vinegar and dish washing liquid.
Immediately their leaves turn brown and within a week they appear dead. However, within a few weeks they are back again.
Is there any way of preventing their re-emergence without constantly having to be spraying? In my case I have a large paved area right around my house and this method is not at all practical.

Home Gardens / What wall creeper can I plant?
« on: June 18, 2015, 11:51:27 AM »
I have a high boundary wall which I would like to cover with a creeper as I am tired of constantly doing repairs to the rotten plaster
and re-painting the wall which is 3.5m high. In winter it is permanently in shade. In summer a bit of sun in the mornings and evenings. The Nursery suggested Star jasmin as it grows both in shade and sun but checking its requirements on the internet
It states partial sun to full sun. What must I believe? Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

Vegetables / Potato leaves flattened.
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:39:38 AM »
This is the second time I have tried growing potatoes.
They grow up quickly, leaves green. After a month or two
they suddenly lie flat on the ground as if a dog has laid
on them except they are in an enclosure and nothing can
get in to cause them to be flattened.
Can anyone throw some light on what is the cause?

Vegetables / Vegetable plants die suddenly
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:05:34 PM »
I had about a dozen tomato plants. They flourished until buds formed then one by one started wilting and dying within a few days.
The same is now happening to my brinjil plants.
There has been no problems with the roots so I just do not understand
why they die so suddenly. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Suggestions/Questions / White powder in compost
« on: October 11, 2008, 13:41:21 PM »
I bought a few bags of what they said was "mushroom compost"
I am a bit concerned having already used some in my garden,
that specks of white powder mixed with the compost could be
a type of microscopic bug, something like root mealie bugs.
I don't want my cacti garden infested, and I don't want to
throw out the bags if the compost is OK.
Can someone possibly put my mind at ease?

Suggestions/Questions / How to grow mushrooms?
« on: June 05, 2008, 19:53:23 PM »
I fancy the idea of growing mushrooms on a small scale.
I read up instructions on the internet but was hoping someone
can give me advise in layman's terms. I believe one has to order
"spawns" and mixed it with maize, cobs etc. and fit everything into
a plastic tube or a wooden log.
Can someone please enlighten me as to what "compost" I need,
and what local waste I can use to create a growing environment.

Vegetables / Nematodes /eel worm problem
« on: May 03, 2008, 14:05:07 PM »
I have been forced to stop growing vegetables as the nemanodes/eel worm in my soil kills the plants as soon as they start flowering. Fumigating the soil is too costly, in any event I'm told they simply move under the wall into next door. I built beds of river sand and tried growing the hydroponics method, but still the nematodes were present.
I believe they also get moved around by the wind.
Is there anyway around this problem?

Suggestions/Questions / What is the name of this cactus?
« on: March 23, 2008, 10:26:28 AM »
Firstly, I wish to thank those who explained how to place a photo
in my post. Can someone now please tell me the name of the two
cacti in the photo.

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