Berghill


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Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 09:10

And do bear in mind that Conifer shreddings make the soil more acidic,so you may need to add a little lime to keep the soil neutral, unless you are growing Rhododendrons.

hellebores

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 20:59

All the above doubles still produce pollen for the bees. there are forms where the stamen etc have become petaloid and no longer function.

The main reason for removing the old leaves (usually by us in February) is that the plant no longer needs them and they can become infected with various fungi. Removing them does the plant good as it does not have to fight off any pathogens from the leaves.

This of course only applies to the x hybridus types.  All the others should only have dead leaves removed as and when you see them, especially H. niger and its cousins.

hellebores

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:06


 Bit distorted maybe, but these are some of our doubles.

hellebores

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:04

Pictures I have, but not sure how to put them in a reply. They are all on Photobucket somewhere and no longer on my computer.

I er, rarely collect the seed these days, most of it just falls to the ground round the plants which is probably why we have a few hundred of them!

Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 13:00

Great patience is needed at times. The non-compost heap is now 6 years old and I might just get round to using it this Spring.

Non-compost is the stuff you are not supposed to put on the heap, things like dock and dandelion roots etc. Heaped and covered and forgotten about, they eventually rot away.

hellebores

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 12:55

No problems with any of our plants as far as the dreaded Black Death is concerned. (Bows to Hubris). Mind the compost does not go on the flower beds, it is totally used on the Veg patch. The flower beds get shredded bark mulch and Bonemeal.

Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 10:07

We have been using shredded branches as mulch, both fresh and composted for the last 20 years and I cannot say that I have noticed any Nitrogen deficiency problems caused by them. The fields around us have suffered because of the amount of rain over the last few years, but a crop of Field beans seems  to have solved the problem for the moment.

If it does worry folks then sprinkle a tablespoon or so per square yard of Bonemeal before mulching.

hellebores

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 10:03

I have always composted the old leaves. They do take a while to rot, but never had any trouble with them and we have a few hundred Hellebores, so there is a lot of leaves to get rid of.

Secateurs

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 20:17

Felco ones are just as bad at locking up as any others. I know I have a pair which I rarely use these days for that reason.

Secateurs

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 12:21

Never found a pair either. I just remove the locking mechanism so the secateurs stay open all the time. Bit dangerous, but it saves a lot of hassle when using them.

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