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@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 3:39 pm    Post subject: What should I put here?  Reply with quote    

This is our weed patch - suggestions please!!!



or should i just enter downsizer virtual show with my weed patch

Northern_Lad



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
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Location: Somewhere
PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think you should give it to me and I'll put a small dwelling there with a nice veg patch and cottage garden.

@Calli



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You would be able to fully hide a small dwelling at moment!!!

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice. I'd plough it (well part of it) adding organic matter as necessary then rotovate and cover with a weed barrier, at planting time I'd either plant through the weed barrier or plant in the open ground and mulch really heavily to keep the bulk of the weeds away.

We used mushroom compost, really cheap, and I believe plentiful in Eire

@Calli



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The main problem is clearing the weeds first of all. This summer we have been understocked and have had nothing to eat off the excess. Now we have a big problem!!
If we get it cut we would have the biggest compost heap in the world!!!! Actually.....we could mulch the turf bank....

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Whether you compost it or not you're going to have a huge amount of weed seed in there. If you get it ploughed in now it'll rot over winter and you'll be able to start fresh next year.

Weed exclusion though is going to be your biggest issue, if you're going to get it ploughed now you'll need to prevent weed regrowth and seeding by using a black plastic sheet. If you wait till Novemeber there'll be less time for decomposition but there'll be hardly any weed growth (till spring) even without protection.

Either way for the first couple of years you're going to need matting, sheeting, or heavy mulching to stop you going doolally. We ended up using bark till we got hold of the mushroom compost, both do an excellent job (in thick enough layers) but you'll still need to weed regularly if you mulch, it just won't be to the horrendous scale that almost made us cry (more than once).

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh, and if your budget can stretch to a decent irrigation system they are soooo useful, small amounts of regular watering under the mulch keep it unbelievably moist

mrutty



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Without clear measurements I'd guess at 50 houses

pookie



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think you'd win the downsizer virtual show !!! its the nicest weed patch I've seen

@Calli



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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 06 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tahir, irrigation is not a problem! Drainage pipes underneath due to 5 natural springs! 2 diverted to our pond, one for our well and the others drain into ditches that feed into Lough Dergh!

We are going to try and find contractor ( at this time of year??) to bury the weeds by our pond - we have a huge dip in land and seems like a good natural compost zone!! Its a meadowland surrounded by wild orchids and yellow flag - don't worry not touching that bit just the rare breed thistle patch

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 06 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:

We used mushroom compost, really cheap, and I believe plentiful in Eire


Where'd you get that? I could do with some for the new place.

JB



Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Posts: 7745
Location: 91 N
PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 06 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ExilesinGalway wrote:
Tahir, irrigation is not a problem! Drainage pipes underneath due to 5 natural springs!


So is your problem really going to be that it's too wet? Do those springs drain anywhere naturally or flood?

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 06 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No they drain into ditches and onwards to Lough Dergh!
Oh and one into our lake!

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 06 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just packing it looks and sounds too lovely!

However - I could add that we bought home a perfect pony (fingerscrossed) yesterday so maybe I am looking a lighter shade of green now hehehe

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 06 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ruby,
Ok you can do green!!!!
I could fit a few ponies on here and not notice!!! Perfect or not....
Anything to eat the grass/etc

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