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Posted: 09/07/2017 at 20:43

Ooh, let's hope so Fifs!  They can get quite loud when 'in the mood' can't they!

Can you bury a tree slightly in a raised bed?

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 20:39

I'm not great on ID'ing palms but I think that might be a windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) and the tree looks like a Eucalyptus, but couldn't tell you which one.
Personally, I wouldn't risk burying the roots of either and would probably try and dig up the palm and replant at the higher level.  Obviously you can't do that with the eucalyptus and killing that one would leave a dangerous situation (it could fall) so I would cut that one down and hope it re-grows after you raise the border.  Eucalyptus are fast growing trees and if burying the roots doesn't kill it, it will soon be shooting back up into the sky.


Posted: 09/07/2017 at 20:20

Dave, the garden has been pesticide free for several years now and I actively encourage wildlife by having lots of 'untidy' areas and piles of wood etc., so there's food & cover.  I'm sure that's one of the main reasons.  Fresh water every night too which is heavily used by the birds during the day.

They were both back again last night - Mum first then hoglet 10 minutes later:

Last edited: 09 July 2017 20:20:30


Posted: 09/07/2017 at 18:21

Hi all, I was thrilled when I reviewed my trailcam photos from Friday night - it looks like I have a new baby hedgehog at the watering hole.

Mummy (I assume) hog:

and hoglet:

Just off out to collect memory card for last night to see if there are more photos.


Posted: 09/07/2017 at 15:25

Top pic: on the left is a sow thistle - out.  Bottom pic: 2 at the front are groundsel and I can see more sow thistle to the right, so all of those out.  The 2 at the left rear could be self-seeded verbena bonariensis (do you have that growing anywhere?) so might be worth transplanting those.

Last edited: 09 July 2017 15:29:21

New greenhouse

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 15:20

PS, the Rhino in particular is very strong so fine on level and compacted soil.

Can you bury a tree slightly in a raised bed?

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 15:18

Most trees will suffer if you bury the base of the trunk and roots under more than a couple of inches of soil.  The trunk can easily rot at the base but the main problem is that there are roots surprisingly close to the surface and those need air which will be cut off when buried.  Have a look at this pdf from some experts:

You may get away with it in some cases - depending on what type of palm it is, that may survive.  Can you post some photos to try and identify your trees?

Last edited: 09 July 2017 15:18:28

New greenhouse

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 14:38

I managed it all on my own, Victoria.  It was a bit of a struggle to get the ridge on but I used wire to hold it roughly in place at one end while I lifted and fitted the other end.  However, I would say 2 people are really necessary and could easily do it.  The 4mm safety glass is quite heavy as most of the panes are 5 foot long, rather than the usual 2x2 foot which many greenhouses use so I got the fitting kit which included a glass suction cup lifter which really helped.

Curled apple tree leaves

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 13:23

It depends on the size of the tree but if very young, I would only remove the section with the damaged leaves, so maybe 2-3 inches.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 13:04

27C in the shade here and a bit uncomfortable due to the humidity.  Badly need rain - all of the recent storms have missed me.

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