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More coal than soil

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 10:53

I have found the odd bit of coal but not a seam of it. My first thought is to build raised beds as this will avoid the coal.


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 14:27

Where is it sited? Mine are protected from wind so are quite straight. Not got above the fence yet so that may change. The soil is pretty damp but draining. It has half a dozen bamboo around it competing for moisture, so it my guess is it gets water but not too much.

Getting the 'proffessionals' in

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 11:21

Some plant nurseries offer to design for your garden for a set fee but as long as you buy the plants from them they will give you that design cost against plants. Urbanjungle for example offer that service

L Shaped front garden

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:35

 I would paint the wall at the back either gray or white. In front I would plant a good sized palm tree (Trachycarpus fortunei are hardy in Scotland) in a large zinc planter and underfill with pink flowering plants. I would use slate as a path up the sides and lawn the rest. I think that would look quite nice.

L Shaped front garden

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:08

Do you like the cottage garden look? If I owned your property then I would look at modern contemporary landscaping but that is a personal taste.

Trees from Seeds.

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:29

It is an odd request but they might as well get good answers from us.

Very large acer, will it travel up north and live?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:23

November would be the best time to move it will be in a dormant state but still have all winter to put down new roots. I would try to get as much root as possible: it certainly does not need a professional.

I think it will love the damp conditions of Penrith.

Trees from Seeds.

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 16:20

1. What medium to use. Damp compost mixed with perlite and vermiculite or grit.

2. How do we know, that 6 weeks is enough? Should the seeds start to grow while in the fridge?

Sometimes they will germinate in the fridge. 1-3C for 6 weeks in damp soil is normally a decent time for seeds to break dormancy.

3. How can we pack them, when we send them to our customers. Will they need air or they will be fine in an airless bag for some days?

Those little plastic bags are fine: most places use them or stamp bags which are greased paper.

4. Should they be wet, or it is fine to be dry for some days?

Damp soil - not wet and dry will stop the dormancy period from happening.

5. Should they be watered after sowing and how actually to sow them?

No, damp soil is damp to the touch: they have no roots so if you water too much you will have rotten seeds. I normally fill up a 9cm or 1 litre pot with compost then place the stratified seeds on top and then leave outside until they germinate. As long as they do not dry out they will be fine.


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 14:34

The flower stalk needs removing. Inside the black seed heads are seeds, they need light to germinate if you want to try.

I would remove the leaves that do not look 100% and give the roots a good feed.

Bamboo your thoughts- FARGESIA NITIDA/Asian wonder

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 13:19

I have had a few Bamboos over the past 12 years. Fargesia Asian wonder has just got very thick and well wall like. I hardly get any shedding. The tops get wind damage but apart from that they are uninvolved.

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