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Post by Debbie G on 24th August 2014, 10:08

Barrow loads of weeds to the chooks, barrow loads of compost to the garden, digging holes for new roses - I'm thinking of Charles Warner this morning: "What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it." (My Summer in a Garden, 1870)
How right he was, for women too, but isn't it great to have this lovely spring weather and be able to enjoy getting outside and dirty again!

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Post by neptune on 24th August 2014, 11:27

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Post by SueH on 24th August 2014, 16:22

Yep! 21 degs here.  Just thank your lucky stars you aren't in the UK;  in this "heat", they all have their swimming gear on!  Shivering

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Post by Debbie G on 24th August 2014, 18:10

Poor Neptune! Spring is coming, it just hasn't got over your way yet. 21 deg here too!

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Post by Ausrose on 25th August 2014, 04:08

The dark side does have its advantages.

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Post by SueH on 25th August 2014, 13:08

Of course Doug, we are always in front of the "other" side!  Laughing

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Post by neptune on 25th August 2014, 13:54

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Post by Ausrose on 26th August 2014, 18:44

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Post by neptune on 26th August 2014, 19:46

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mum, taught us boys knitting when we were in primary school....that came to a halt when Dad found out when we started darning his holy socks...... OMG!!!
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Post by Ausrose on 27th August 2014, 08:54

Weeds are always a problem but since I started using a dutch hoe they are far less of a problem. Also since the advent of the rotary lawnmower invented by Australian Mervyn Victor Richardson in 1952 weeds in flat areas haven't been a problem and these areas have been easily turned into lawns. Prior to 1955 when my dad purchased his first Victa lawnmower from his winnings on the 1955 Melbourne Cup we always had  sheep in the yard to keep the weeds and grass down as did many others did in the small country town in which I lived. Generally sheep are prettry dumb only we had one in 1962 that was very clever he saw the light.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 27th August 2014, 12:17

Well done Doug, we need more converts.
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Post by SueH on 27th August 2014, 12:31

I lived on acreage property for a while.  We were advised to get some sheep - four - to help keep the grass down in the paddock.  "Someone" who shall remain nameless, left the gate open and they got into my garden and ate roses, orchid etc.  When I came home - well,,,,, I'll leave that to your imaginations!!!  Not Happy Jan!!  OMG!!!

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Post by neptune on 27th August 2014, 13:00

Ausrose wrote:
Weeds are always a problem but since I started using a dutch hoe they are far less of a problem. Also since the advent of the rotary lawnmower invented by Australian Mervyn Victor Richardson in 1952 weeds in flat areas haven't been a problem and these areas have been easily turned into lawns. Prior to 1955 when my dad purchased his first Victa lawnmower from his winnings on the 1955 Melbourne Cup we always had  sheep in the yard to keep the weeds and grass down as did many others did in the small country town in which I lived. Generally sheep are prettry dumb only we had one in 1962 that was very clever he saw the light.
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Post by rosebud on 3rd September 2014, 19:28

Please explain ... "Weeds are always a problem but since I started using a dutch hoe they are far less of a problem..."

Ausrose, I know I can look this up on Google, but how is a 'dutch hoe' different from your 'run of the mill' garden hoe? I have to restrain my husband from using herbicides, so I'd love to find an efficient mechanical weeder.
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Post by neptune on 3rd September 2014, 20:42

rosebud wrote:Please explain ...        "Weeds are always a problem but since I started using a dutch hoe they are far less of a problem..."  

Ausrose, I know I can look this up on Google, but how is a 'dutch hoe' different from your 'run of the mill' garden hoe?  I have to restrain my husband from using herbicides, so I'd love to find an efficient mechanical weeder.  

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Post by Ausrose on 3rd September 2014, 21:00

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Dutch Hoe

You place the blade flat on the ground and push the hoe forward.

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Post by Balinbear on 4th September 2014, 12:44

Get a rake handle and some of that builders strap and make a loop (about 100mm diameter)with the strap and attach it to the end of the handle. Flatten out the loop and you have a great weed weapon.
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Post by SueH on 4th September 2014, 15:59

Oh Dear!   Now we're on a building site!  Gary, please would you be kind enough - or anyone!! - to tell me what is "builder's strap? Dunno

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Post by rosebud on 4th September 2014, 16:46

Aha ... as I thought - all entail lots of hand hoeing. Not great for a bung back. Neutral
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Post by neptune on 4th September 2014, 17:08

SueH wrote:Oh Dear!   Now we're on a building site!  Gary, please would you be kind enough - or anyone!! - to tell me what is "builder's strap? Dunno

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Post by Balinbear on 4th September 2014, 23:00

neptune wrote:
SueH wrote:Oh Dear!   Now we're on a building site!  Gary, please would you be kind enough - or anyone!! - to tell me what is "builder's strap? Dunno

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Yep that's the stuff. I used to use these all the time. Lee's father gave us a couple of fancy things to use (including a Dutch hoe) on the weeds but the mulching (and the roundup) has reduced the hand hoeing considerably. Not sure what happened to our last home made one. its probably buried under some mulch in the garden somewhere. If I have a spare handle in the shed I will make one u and post a photo.
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Post by rosebud on 5th September 2014, 10:53

Your home-made builder's strap tool looks like it could be very effective Balinbear... But I agree, mulching, especially sheet mulching, is my favourite weed suppresser - also builds up the soil nicely ... worms love it
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Post by SueH on 5th September 2014, 13:01

Thank You Gary!  I'll look forward to seeing the finished product, then I can make one - hopefully!! Hmmmm Idea

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Post by Ausrose on 5th September 2014, 19:57

Mulch doesn't suppress weeds that grow from bulbs e.g. nutgrass, onion weed etc.

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Post by neptune on 5th September 2014, 21:15

Ausrose wrote:Mulch doesn't suppress weeds that grow from bulbs e.g. nutgrass, onion weed etc.

Too true , Doug.......the previous owners of this house planted these cottage garden flower types from bulbs....they have strappy green leaves and a centre long flower stalk. The trouble is that the bulbs multiply so easy. Even Zero does not have that much effect on them......wish I could find something that is a one shot killer..... scratch
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