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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd agree with the willow hypothesis. I'm surrounded by the stuff and the air was thick with it last week. too early for thistles.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if its willow it will hoe out easily and not re- germinate, let us know how the visit goes.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage there are millions of them. Would need an industrial size hoeing machine!!! Anyway the culprits have been found. Willow alright, well done you. 15 to 20 trees on that abandoned site. Snowing again here today. Some form of a willow anyway, what my father and his generation called a Sally around these parts. I think it covered a multitude of wet ground loving small trees. Never could narrow it down to any one tree. Blanket name for them all I think. Salix mispronunciation maybe. A few years ago I had an old timer telling me about his Mackety Carpet tree. I went along with it not to correct him. All was left was the stump. Looked it up when I got home and it was a Macro Carpa, Monterey Cyprus. Ould lads huh? Going dog racing now, will put up photo of willow when I get back.


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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get Sally seedlings in my garden EVERY week! You need a pliers to pull them out. If you try and pull them by hand the soft bark just slides up off the stem. Sad

You could leave them there and start a basket weaving business in a couple of years. Smile Smile Smile

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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are enough basket cases around here thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are creely funny, Tagwex!
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohh my sides, please hold them before they split. The puns are terrible.
Have you checked out the 'Hard landscaping in Ireland, Garden Features (Paths, Patios, Paving, Decking, Walls etc)' thread yet good guy, i left a message in there for you?

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, got it, thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had an idea for some retribution on those willows. Do any of you think that if I were to cut down a few of those willows would I be able to make wigwams for my peas that I have just sown this evening, 1200 of them and still more to go in tomorrow? Is the timber in willow suitable for the job? I have permission to go get some hazel rods but that is a few miles away, these are right next to me.
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you push freshly cut willow into the ground there is a 99% chance that it will root. So instead of a veg garden you could have a willow plantation and sell your crop for wood chips!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got permission today from the derelict site owner to cut down the black willows so I made a start this evening. An absolute pleasure watching them fall. They have caused me the best part of three days spraying made worse by having to cover whatever seedlings are up so as not to kill them, a slow process I can tell you, nearly 80 of weedkiller and those blossoms are still blowing in today. Timberrrrrrrrr.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't make great firewood, but will burn if seasoned. Branch wood (for plant supports etc) will not root if you dry it out over the summer and then store it over winter in a dry place. It will only be any good for about one year though, then it's kindling.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything over approx. 3" I was going to keep for firewood, didn't know it wasn't a good burner. I can keep it in the shed until next winter anyway, the stove will devour them. Only one year for bean sticks? Was hoping for a few years. Found a few good straight ones last night, 15 to 20' long.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:45 am    Post subject: Square roots Reply with quote

Hey Tagwex! I've moved on from square roots, now. Here's a couple of cube roots for your delectation.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha very good. What next, quadrilateral equations?
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