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Posted: 02/01/2017 at 20:58

Anytime really aym as it is a slow release fertiliser so no real danger of it burning the plants or being washed away.  Just gently mix it into the surface of the soil beside the plants.  Stick the the recommened application amount per square metre though.

Planting grass seed

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:21

First thing will be to level it, otherwise mowing will be a bit of a nightmare.  Dig the area over, remove any large stones and any building debris (which you may well find on a new build, it's a very common issue.) Once roughly level, shuffle over the whole area wearing boots or wellies to re-compress the soil and then rake it level again.  I wouldn't do any of this until spring as wet clay will compact when walked upon and get worse, so keep an eye on the area over winter and note if any parts of it become waterlogged.  If they do, you'll need to dig deeper and add something to improve drainage, such as grit and compost.

Acer Griseum - can I plant in January?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:06

You can plant container grown trees at any time of the year as long as the ground isn't frozen, Matty.  If yours is ok, dig a hole about twice as big as the pot and add some well rotted manure, garden compost or fish-blood and bone applied as per packet and mix it with the extracted soil.  Remember to water it once a week even if it has rained as the rootball may not be able to take in water until new roots have grown out into the surrounding soil, which will take a few months.  Personally, I always sprinkle 'Rootgrow' (mycorrhizal fungi) on the roots of trees and shrubs before planting to help them establish well.

Last edited: 02 January 2017 17:08:54


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:26

Yep, tulips will be fine planted at this time.  They may flower a bit later.  Other bulbs like narcissi and snowdrops will probably only produce leaves if planted now (although some may flower very late) but normal service will be resumed in the following spring, so still worth planting any bulbs you have as they will only shrivel and die if left unplanted.


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:20

Sure, but plant them out as soon as the ground isn't frozen rather than waiting.  They need exposure to cold in order for the clove to 'split' internally and go on to form a 'bulb' of cloves as it matures.  If you haven't grown garlic before, remember that you split each bulb into individual cloves before planting and that they are hungry plants and will benefit from the addition of well-rotted manure into the planting hole, or fish, blood and bone applied as instructed on the packet to the planting area.

Last edited: 02 January 2017 13:22:13


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:05

Get them in, Goldfinch.  Plant so the top of the clove (not counting shoot) is an inch below soil level.

Red robin won't grow

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 11:10

Agree, and clearing the grass from around it is important.  Grass is a very competitive plant and uses up lots of nutrients from the soil.

Wild flowers now

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 23:30

Lovely, GD.  I think the top one is pink rather than red campion (silene dioica.)

Seed catalogues

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 21:17

My copies of 'plant porn' arrived a few days ago and will keep me going through the winter!  

I know what you mean about the pictures - 'photoshopped' is the phrase which comes to mind!  However, I eventually found that I if stuck to plants which like my local soil type and climate, they usually didn't look too far off.  It was things like north american prairie plants (eg rudbekia) and similar from south africa (eg gazania) which were always disappointing.

Last edited: 01 January 2017 21:18:30

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