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pampas grass move


After I’d had the idea of planting potatoes in sacks [see previous blog], I had another idea, and that gave me a third idea. This is the third one.

I’d been given some roots of pampas grass via Freecycle; all fairly big chunks. That was in 2014

The other two were slightly smaller than this one.
I put them in tubs, to see how they got on. two of them died, but the third did well enough to move to a bigger trough.

So it stayed in the trough for – wow, three years. I did mean to repot it, but I never got round to it – besides, I needed a bigger pot to plant it into, and I didn’t have one.

(I didn’t want to plant it directly into the ground, because of it spreading – the people who were giving away roots had a hold in their garden about the size of a small bomb-crater, and the stacked dug-up plant pieces were about shoulder-high. I don’t know how long it took to reach this size, but I didn’t fancy it taking over my entire garden.)

I got an old compost sack, punched some holes in the bottom, and put some gravel in for ballast, then half-filled it with compost.

I took the grass out of its trough – eventually! The roots had wound round the base of the trough, very tangled. There were three separate plants in there, which I had to disentangle. This is the biggest one

Put it in the sack (which I’d stood in a recycle box to help it to stand up); I had to take it out a couple of times to add more soil to raise the level and give it as much root-space as possible.

Meantime, I’d asked my gardener to dig a hole for me – for it. I chose where it was to go: not too near the border between mine and next door’s garden, in case it grew tall enough to interfere with them. He took a corner off the lawn to make enough space.

He couldn’t get down as far as necessary to take the whole sack: builder’s rubble – and he had to try the sack, take it out and enlarge the hole a couple of times before it’d sit upright in it

Because the hole couldn’t be made deep enough, the sack stuck up a bit above ground level – even after he’d taken some soil out and folded the top of the sack down a bit.

So I heaped bark all round it, partly to camouflage the plastic (though I seem to have missed a bit) and partly to provide some insulation.

The second-biggest piece I put in a tub and watered them both in (The third bit I gave to him as he’d mentioned that another of his customers had been asking him about getting a pampas grass.)

So the pampas grass will have a bit more room than it had in the trough, but it’s still (I hope!) under control; not actually “in” the garden where it could do what it liked.

Time will tell.

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You ought to write a book Fran...
Your front garden is looking very neat and splendid. It seems a long time since your entire garden was on a large table top!

12 Aug, 2017


Nice :)

Those roots look similar to what my bamboo ones are like, and your idea is similar to what I have been considering doing with the bamboo, as well, so that was a useful read for me, too :)

13 Aug, 2017


You don't let things put you off do you Fran!?

13 Aug, 2017


I'm just wondering what's next for the sack!

Fran, I bet your motto is, "Where there's a will, there's a way!"

13 Aug, 2017


They do look very nice,hope they behave and grow to the size you want Fran,a very good idea,in fact you have some very good ideas,have been following all your blogs.

13 Aug, 2017


Thank you all!

The gardener said that eventually the bag will split and the roots will escape, but I hope that before that I'll have thoughtof something else to contain the roots - mind you, I won't know if it has done it without digging it up and having a look.

@ Steragram - I've got rid of a lot of shrubs [Freecycled them all except one, which couldn't be got out alive] and so there's more space, back and front, without shrubs sitting there taking up space and doing nothing - well, nothing that I could detect.

Yes, up till 2013 my "garden" was a table, and plants were almost stacked vertically to get them on it! Shee, how times change, thankfully!

@ Pamelaanne - I've heart that bamboo is as bad for spreading and taking over [the people next door have planted a bamboo in the back, as a privacy screen; i hope it stays on its own side of the fence!].

I've read of "root bags" - mesh sacks thta you plant in, then plant in the ground: gives the roots access to nutients but stops them spreading too far. I hadn't thought of them when I did this - anyway, I had the sacks to hand.

@ Waddy - lol I just sort of seem to look at things from a slightly different angle sometimes - maybe from around the sanity curve!

@ Eirlys - I have another idea for sack planting - in fact it was that idea that gave me this one. All of my old sacks were opened across the top, as I suppose we all do: but the two I've opened since i cut along the side; they'll give me shallower but much longer planting sacks, deep enough for standard plants and bulbs, I think.

Ha, I can do in-ground "container gardening"!

15 Aug, 2017


Fran, I hope they have done something to stop it coming into your side, but I doubt it, and I doubt it'll behave as you want, unfortunately. Mine has gone through the fence onto the path alongside that goes to the gardens belonging to the neighbours, but I did cut that down, not that any of the rest of them care for their gardens at all, but I have hopes that my newest neighbours, whose garden is next to mine, will begin to as they did say that once they have settled in they are interested to do something with it :)

15 Aug, 2017


Fran, don't worry about your neighbours bamboo. There's also non-invasive varieties. I'm sure that's what they will have planted. ☺☺

16 Aug, 2017


It's not right up against the fence, Pamelaanne, but it's quite close. This is a new fence, with concrete footings, which might help. Or not, of course - the Sweet Pea that used to grow through the chicken-wire fence at the back has now found its way under the concrete footing of the new fence there.

I've got a buddleia at my side of the fence, a little way back - not for privacy, it was the only place to put it at the time, and it looked ok there so I left it. Between that and their bamboo the fence is pretty well screened. At least for now, as the buddleia will die back in winter. I'm planning to divide it and plant both clumps side by side to make a wider screen next year.

24 Aug, 2017


Thanks, Waddy! I don't know for sure that it IS bamboo - my gardener says it is, but iwth my vision I'd need binoculars to get a good lock, and that sort of defeats the object of having a privacy screen!

They may very well have used a root bag, or something similar - or have chosen a non-invasive speices. Only one way to find out ... :)

24 Aug, 2017


Sorry Fran I'd missed this one, your garden is coming along really well, you must be in seventh heaven now after only having a tiny space in your previous home.

23 Nov, 2017


Hi Fran. Got a new hardrive in my computer. Just reading through your latest feats of gardening. Glad to see you are getting stuck into your 2 nice plots. All the leaves are off the trees now. Feel a bit sad about that. Such lovely colours. I miss them.

7 Dec, 2017

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