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Thinking of growing a Cob Nut tree

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 18:58

Last year was the first time the squirrels didn't nick my hazelnuts - I expect they'll be back as per normal this autumn though!  If I were to plant another cob, it would be a purple leaved filbert (aka red filbert.)  Smaller nut crop but much more attractive foliage (which is all I usually get to enjoy!)  Chris Bowers (who posts on this forum) has a good range of all types to choose from.  Matty, just one squirrel will strip a tree - they just take them, bury them and return until there are none left.. 

New Garden!

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 00:27

Sounds wonderful Simon!  It is always a good idea to wait for a full year before making any major changes to the borders so you can see what appears - you may have some great and/or expensive plants in there.  Folk on this forum will love identifying anything that comes up and you're not sure of.

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 23:40

Good advice there Mike!  A tray chock full of leggy seedlings that you didn't have time to prick out is neither use nor ornament as they will rarely grow into decent plants.

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 23:20

I'm going to try starting a few chilli and sweet pepper seeds in my new homemade propagator in a week or two as they need a long growing season.  I'll only sow a quarter of the seeds though, just in case they don't survive transfer to my unheated conservatory.  That's much warmer than the cold greenhouse but not sure it will be good enough.  I have plenty of seed this year so it's worth the risk I think. 

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:45

Hi David, I'll take a photo at the weekend.  I found it pretty easy to make - if you're reasonably good at DIY it would be a breeze.

Poppy

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:37

I'd be more worried about what chemicals are being blown into your garden when the farmer sprays his field!  There are probably poppy seeds already in the soil of the fields as they stay viable for at least 60 years and possibly centuries.  The farmer may well spray herbicide to kill everything a few weeks before planting his crops anyway.  I honestly wouldn't worry about a few stray seeds from your garden - there will be far more pernicious wild weeds invading it anyway.

Kniphofia- Red Hot Pokers

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:20

Those are lovely Fairygirl - just looked them up.  The red/yellow ones are a bit too garish (and large) for my taste.  Hmm, I feel another order coming on!

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:14

Verd, from what I've read HF spreads to new areas almost entirely by rhizomes rather than by spores (which would need to settle on dead wood) so as long as you only collected leaves and not twigs I suspect the risk would be very, very low.  But not zero.  Maybe erring on the side of caution is what a certain wise Cornishman is already doing?

It's awful to see all of those horrible effects of the storms down your way - my thoughts are with you and everyone else down there (I have friends in zumerrzet, too.)

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:52

That's really the best way, nut - live with nature rather than trying to outwit it! 

HF is entirely natural and probably breaks down more woody matter so that it can be recycled into the soil than anything else.  If it didn't exist we might not have any fertile soil!  It's annoying when it gets to a favourite plant/shrub, but it is an opportunity (and excuse to do some plant shopping!) to try something else less prone.

Chinese redbud trees

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:43

I have some young Cercis myself so am also interested in any advice.  I read that they shouldn't be fed with artificial fertilizers and that they don't really need pruning, so I'll treat them with 'controlled neglect' and see how it goes.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33
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