BobTheGardener


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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 21:56

Had an overgrown (10m long x 3m high & 1.5m thick) privet (well, privet, ivy, ash saplings and elder) hedge in the front garden removed and roots ground out today so have a new project.  Will probably build my own trellis to ensure strength rather than put up a fence and intend to replant with a mixture of more interesting shrubs and a few climbers.


I was getting too old to be balancing on step ladders while leaning over with the electric hedge trimmer and absolutely hated the job hence the hedge getting out of control (neighbour away for 9 months of the year so had to do their side too!)  Garden now looks 25% bigger and all of it will get full sun now.


20 x 50l bags of FYM on order to replenish the soil and currently poring over plant catalogues as I write.

Can Japanese plums survive UK winters?

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 15:47

Hi Glen, I have a very productive one called 'Lizzie' which does great in Leicestershire.  It is absolutely covered in blossom in spring and crops at the end of July.  I usually have to thin the crop otherwise the weight breaks off branches.

Mulching

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:17

Privet Hedge

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:16

Because they are young plants, it might just be the time of the year.  Privet often doesn't become fully evergreen until it is well established and a few years old.  A photo might help too, if you can post one?

Mulching

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:04

Bark will take years to break down and doesn't add any nutrient value to the soil.  I would use pre-bagged well rotted farmyard manure.  This will add a huge amount of nutrients to your soil and breaks down very easily - the worms will do that for you.

Hedge recommendations

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:47

Yew is reportedly immune to HF and would make a very dense evergreen hedge if you want to retain that aspect GD.  It is rather slow growing though and I'm not sure how well it would do in your Guernsey climate.  BTW, the link above is from your own government site so should be particularly relevant. 

Hedge recommendations

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:16

There is another useful list in this Honey fungus factsheet (Adobe pdf):


http://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=4797&p=0

Pruning Buddleia

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:06

Buddleia are extremely robust as far as pruning goes and I would have no worries about cutting it back now, Arlene.  You could cut it back to about 3ft tall and then cut back further in the spring to low shoots.  I've even cut mine right back to the ground not caring if I lost it but it came back and put on 2m of growth in a single season!

Country cottage garden

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:01

You're doing a great job there slum - welcome to the forum!

Fungus identification and solution

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 22:20

Nearly all fungus is beneficial and is the only thing which can break down dead woody matter in the soil into nutrients which plants can use, so is generally nothing to worry about.  The few fungi which can cause damage to plants are normally only found in the ground and don't infect compost in pots.  I would just repot the plant and shake off as much of the old compost as you can as it has already done it's job.

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