Bookertoo


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Compost heap

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:40

There will soon be shrubby prunings when the flowering shrubs are done, I keep many dry leaves and instead of using them to make leaf mold I add them to the compost heap around now.  Shredded paper is good, torn up and crushed carboard good with your lawn cuttings, and weeds whch are not dreadful things like dock or ground elder.  Egg shells, crushed, are good, all yur vegetable peelings etc. of course, the garden will rovide plenty in due course, just keep lightening the load for now, with the card and shreded newpaper. 

Leaving tulips in the ground

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:35

It really is hardy worht growing hybrid tulips to come back year on year as most of them don't.  I do have a few that have retuned for several years, but mostly I regard them, especially ones grown in pots, as annuals.  They are relatively inexpensive nowadays.  The old Queen  of the Night has come back a pretty lightish purple for several years, many shades lighter than originally, but still good.  There are a few bright red ones here and there that come back, but most do not.  The little specie tulips do come back, at least for a few years. 

Young Silver birch still dormant?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:31

I must say I would be worried about them by now.  My millenium silver birch, thus 13 yers old, was very late coming into leaf after the long winter, but the leaves are now fluttering about happily.  All the titmouse family seem very fond of this tree, eating the early buds, and presumaby the many insects and grubs that live around it.  

Gently scrape a bit off the bark from the dormant trees with your finger nail and see if the wood is green and heathy underneath, if it is I suppose it might yet respond, but if brown I'm afraid it is almost certainly deceased. 

slugs

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 15:38

I'd absolutly love to hav ducks, but our bylaws don't permit, not even chickens!!  In fact I guess I might not have a great deal of garden left if we did have them, but theya re so lovely!!

 I cannot bring myself to cut slugs in half, I know people do, but nothing would perssuade me they didn't suffer dreadfully - I don't like them but couldn't do that, nor as Winterson says, could I pick them up - have done ot once or twice by accident - oh yuck!!

Runner/Dwarf Beans

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 19:48

It depends alot on how much light they are getting, if you put them in a sheltered place outdoors they will get all the light there is and so should not increase in legginess.  If they are very leggy they may droop, you could pinch out the tips to encourage bushing up, but even if they do succumb, there is still time to sow more.  Maybe do it a bit later next time?  

slugs

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 17:06

I think ours are addicted to coffee!! I know lots of people have success with that, but whichever type we have here, they just ignore it and munch of happily.

Seed Potatoes

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 16:28

I'm not clear whether these were forgotten seed potatioes or ones you had harvested?  If the latter, they will probably grow but you will not get as much of a crop from them, and there is always the danger of blight - which new seed potatoes may be protected from.  However, I would probably go for it if I were you. 

Runner/Dwarf Beans

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 16:27

Yes, they will soon run awaay and grow well - it's the wind I find can scorch them at this time so the little GH is a good idea for now.  

Toms in the cold GH

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 16:26

Yes, am turning out some overwintered things from the GH to the cold frame to make room for peppers, tomatoes and so on - always a difficult time of year for protection this - you can get the odd very clear beautiful night with a plunge in temperature to match.  A few bits of horticultural fleece to hand is useful if things look dangerous.

One of our near neighbours grow the most incredible white calla lilies, they have been in their container for years - once she takes the covers off those I reckon we are pretty safe - she did it this week!

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 16:23

Yes, any newly planted young trees around here at present would need an anchor to keep them in place!!  If each has a well placed, low stake, and a cleared of grass area to grow in they should do fine - do deer eat oaks?  I know there are some trees they don't, but as that is a problem we don't have here I know little about it.  Tree guards are a good idea, or if the deer don't get them the rabbits might - all protection you can give - though nature does her job prettyd well anyway, she probably appreciates a helping hand now and again.  Good luck. 

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