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Willow whips living fences, screening, root problems

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 17:27
I have used willow whips to make a pretty edging around one of my allotment beds - it's a lovely bright organge variety - and it quickly started sprouting. I obviously don't want willow growing permanently so was planning on pulling it all up come the end of the season. I am assuming I can then rub off the roots, store it and use it agin next year.

I suspect that many living fences, tunnels etc are treated as fairly short- term structures as otherwise the roots will become too big to be near houses. But that's only my own thoughts not from real experience or knowledge .


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:48

I think any of them should be fine. Clematis are very hungry plants so if in a pot remember to refresh the top couple of inches of compost each year and use slow release food.

Lovely choice, Nelly and the President are two of my favourites


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:46

It might be aphids - these sometimes congregate inside the bud and then it falls as they have sucked all the goodness away. if you still have some buds lying around open one up and see if there are any guilty culprits still there. if so then I would spray it and then spray it next year early on. There are lots of organic and non-organic sprays available

or it could be a sign of stress if is has being very dry or needs feeding?

Should this type of rose be deadheaded?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:44

Do you know the variety?

Anyway deadheading won't hurt it. The only ones that are usually not deadheaded are those that produce colourful rosehips as you would lose them if you did. Deadheading will help prolong the flowering period and/or help with a second flush of roses later in the season.

If you go ahead but don't get any more flowers it may be a variety that only flowers once anyway. You can usually tell if it is a 'good' rosehip variety as it will already be quite fat behind the flower head.

Would a yew tree grow downwards?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:40

You might well be as just noticed that you have being waiting 10 years already!

If you were doing a hedge from scratch you would usually do 2 or 3 plants per metre, bare roots in the autumn/winter. the Ashridgetrees site or hedges direct will probably have good advice.



Posted: 18/06/2014 at 09:15
I wouldn't use the mint of you up have used soapy spray, might not be so delicious : )

You can make a spray from rhubarb leaves which is supposed to be good for aphids ( or I suppose bade for the aphids and good for us!) I haven't tried it, it's on my list of things to do this week, but link below on how to make

If you do use it please let us know how effective it is

Crop rotation

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 09:11
Don't get too hung up on crop rotation especially if you growing veg in a small garden. As long as you don't always grow the same crop in the same place every year then you should be fine. A lot of veg books are written assuming you have space for a formal rotation system ie ideally a minimum of 3 and 4 beds. I was very relieved to read recently that we don't all need to slavishly follow this if we don't have the space or right aspect in each bed to do so : ) it's the gold standard to aim for not a must do


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 09:08
If you are unsure re roots maybe google for specialist tree nurseries and give them a call. They will be able to give advice on what tree to go for and you would probably get a much better choice than from your local garden centre.

Latin name

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 09:07
They are the same plant. It's only hardy as a garden plant in the summer ( and preferably a good one) they need to be brought indoors during the rest of the year.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 09:05
If you want them to grow where they are this year as well as collecting some, simply knock the seed heads as they ripen and let the seeds fall. We used to do both and always got a good show in the same spot each year and then seed to use elsewhere.

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