Daisy Cottage

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Planting under poplars ?

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 11:22

I'm not sure whether this is the right place - but here goes ! At the back of our small field we have an area of approx. 40' x 20' that has 6 poplar trees growing (there are more poplars running along the boundary a few feet behind this. Previous owners had planted Christmas Tree saplings under these 6 poplars, but these had rapidly got far too tall and we have now grubbed out the last few. We would like to replant something under the poplars to make a bit of a screen/windbreak amongst the poplar trunks, but wouldn't want anything taller than around 4/5 feet tall and must be capable of growing under these trees. It's a fairly windy location in good light apart from the poplars. The area will be left to grow fairly wild as at one side we have a massive wood pile left for animals/insects etc. Any suggestions ?? Thank you

Preparing bed for onions

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 09:41

I'm just about to clear a raised bed that has had mange-tout in. I'm about to plant my onion sets, but have been reading contradictory advice about using compost/manure etc before planting onions. Thoughts please

Apple picking and storing

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 19:18

Thank you - we'll try to get them all picked soon !

Apple picking and storing

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 17:11

We planted some fruit trees in autumn 2009 and this is the first year that we have had more than just one or two apples. We have two eaters (Idared and Rubinette) and a cooker (Norfolk Beefing) Apart from a few apples that have probably been 'picked' by rabbits (we had to prop a couple of low branches up but a a few are on the ground chewed), today is the first day that I have picked up a couple of windfalls. One (a Rubinette) I have just eaten - I know they have a lovely flavour (from last year) but this one is a bit sharp. I intend leaving the fruit on the trees as long as is possible - but will they still improve in sweetness and if we have to pick them because of frost, will they still improve during storage ??  Thanks

Prolonging flowering this autumn - Asters and crysanths and roses

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 08:55

I've been very good at deadheading this year - the pearl roses, in particular, are only 2 years old (3rd season) and were a present from our children on our 30th wedding anniversary, so I've been trying to look after them properly The climbers were new last year. They currently have a few flowers, but I'd hoped for more  Other plants, as said by someone else, have flowered several times without a problem.


Prolonging flowering this autumn - Asters and crysanths and roses

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 18:44

With the roses, just keep deadheading. I usually have roses blooming into November However, this year, my roses haven't had a very good 'second' flush. I've dead-headed them, fed them, but, one bed in particular (Pearl) just isn't flowering at all at the moment. I wonder whether the hot weather and lack of water affected them ?? My climbers are the similar - they flowered well at first, but just haven't got a lot of flowers now.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:01

I grew about six of these last year in the greenhouse - never again They made so much mess and took up so much room They were nice to eat tho'


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 13:51

I'm with GillyL:

Whatever has gone past wearing to go out in,a mix of old tops and trousers occasionally shorts and the odd hat

Strawberries in the greenhouse?

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 21:00

I have four hanging baskets in the greenhouse that I planted last year. Despite this years weather I have been picking them since the beginning of June (I think). We ate strawberries every day and also have made two kilos into jam (we got fed up with eating them ). At the moment they are having a rest, but new flowers are growing so we will have more soon. I've had no problems with disease. I kept the baskets in the greenhouse over the winter, just watering them from time to time. I tidied the plants up in the spring and replaced the top soil.













































































































































































































































Rhododendrons and horse muck !

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 21:11

LOL The field is only 3/4 acre - next to our house. I have the greenhouse and raised beds on it, plus fruit trees. There's a gate onto the road so our friend just drives his tractor in and dumps We've spent 5 years renovating the house, so only just getting the garden (jungle) sorted 

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