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Heavy Clay Soil

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 10:54

Bark and chick poo pellets work a treat in opening up clay soil. I have clay loam and some parts of the garden are pure blue clay. Getting better everytime I fork in bark and pellets.

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 09:00

If you have a Tablet or smart phone and the like then there is an app that tells you your soil pH and type:

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/mysoil/#ad-image-ad-image-0

Accurate for me.

How to improve my water retention

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 21:53

Right plant right place - try succulents and arids. Palms, Agave, Yucca come to mind.

looking for prunus!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 21:14

I have prunus cerasifera nigra - which is readily available and similar colour to what you are looking for.

Monkey puzzle tree

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 20:52

How long has the MPT been in the ground? They have a long-ish tap root that you would need to keep intact or it will die. If only been in the ground a few years then give it a try, getting all the tap root. You will need thick garden gloves and thick clothing.

They can grow in pots, nursery ones are because of the tap root issue. Have seen 30+ year old ones in large pots.

They are only slow growing for the first 10-15 years, after that they speed right (esp in  the ground) up as those with front gardens with a huge MPT taking it over will testify. 

Morello cherry

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 20:48

Mine is in clay soil and quite a windy site. Can limit the fruit as you lose flowers if windy but it still crops. I top feed with fish and bonemeal every year and water in summer...prob should prune one day...so I would say plant it where you want it. Unless you have a large pot it is not going to like drying out.

Prunus Amanogawa

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 22:40

Gosh, 100 litres is fine. Sounds big but is not! As I said I use the pots from Asda that at 3 for £10.

Greenhouse heating

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 21:48

Should add that a thermostatically controlled fan heater is best - set to 5C with a view of the min temp in greenhouse going to 4C or so.

spring is coming

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 13:57

I have Cala lily out all the time. Has been ravaged by winds and slugs alas but no frost damage! They are half hardy so should be OK out now, after this weekends planned frosts. I suspect the frost will be light as we all have 12 hours sun light now.

Infant school garden

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 13:55

Will people be around to tend, water, remove pests etc during the 6 weeks of summer holiday? Something to think about as Peas if planted now will be cropable during summer holidays and lots of pests will have a field day with no one around, esp pea Moth.

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