BobTheGardener


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new tree

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 12:08

There are a lot of other Betulas which may suit you including multi-stemmed ones.  I also love their generally light and open canopy.  Have a browse through the Hillier site where you might get some inspiration - start with the designer's guide:

http://www.hilliertrees.co.uk/

new tree

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 11:47

I'd be very careful with that one.  If you use google images, you'll see a HUGE variation in growth habit and many of them are the antithesis of 'graceful shape and light canopy"!  This one looks like something out of a Quatermass film (4th pic down):

http://www.jayceenewman.com/new-arrivals/2013/8/14/new-summer-finds

 

Manuring & Winter Digging

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 20:57

Snap Dove!

Manuring & Winter Digging

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 20:56

If it's fresh manure you need to dig it in from now onwards in order to give it time to break down in the soil.  If it is well rotted manure then you may well be better off by doing as your friend suggests then digging it in during early spring.  Whichever you choose, you should try and remove every piece of root you see as you are doing the digging - that is by far the most effective way of removing perennial weeds by far.

Planting ideas`

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 20:45

There are quite a lot of different mixes available these days as well as single wild species and all without grasses (often called 100% mixes) so you could perhaps do some areas with single species and others with various different mixes.  Certainly the cheapest option I would think.  Some sites to look at:

http://www.wildflower.org.uk/creative-wildflower-seed-mixes/

http://www.bostonseeds.com/products/2/Wildflowers-Seed/47/Wildflower-Seed-Mixtures-100/

 

 

 

Planting ideas`

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 20:04

Given that it's poor but well-drained soil and such a large overall area, how about a meadow wildflower mix?  You get a lot of seed for the money and it would be very beneficial to wildlife.

In case it helps, you would need to sow about 3g per square yard and you have about 400 square yards so would need 1.2kg of seed costing somewhere in the region of £40 to £100.

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 11:19

They are mainly Calcium carbonate (shells eventually form limestone over millions of years) but do contain valuable trace elements.  Crushing and adding to soil or compost would be no bad thing.

Brassicas

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 19:22

Tricky one JS.  Brassicas are nitrogen lovers so I would recommend feeding with chcken manure pellets.  I would also give the ground a general feed using another organic fertiliser such as fish, blood and bone when you prepare it in the spring.  A good dose of manure will work wonders too.  Have you done a soil test lately?  It could be that it has become too acidic, so a dose of garden lime before the winter sets in might well be a good idea. The only other advice I can think of is to plant them deeply, right up to the bottom leaves when you plant them out if you don't already do that.  Regular watering is essential, especially when they are young - never let young brassicas dry out as this can lead to bolting and blown sprouts etc.

Seed identifications needed

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 23:28

I agree nut, 2 a bulb and looks like snakeshead fritillary, 3 is an allium.  4 might be lupin?

Problems with butternut squash

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 23:22

It's not even Winter yet Tetley!  Are you sure you didn't grow Autumn squash?   Even though I only got 1 or 2 from each plant this year, I still expect to have some stored for use in February, a time of the year when you really appreciate having home-grown veg. available.

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