Dave Morgan

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Posted: 04/01/2014 at 16:58

You could take some cuttings from them. Raspberries will root quite quite readily if you dont want to go to the expense of buying new canes.

If you want to replace them, crocus have an offer on at the moment, about £8 for 5 canes.

If you dig them up you will have to rejuvenate the soil the soil first.

help with garlic

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 16:54

Hamza, dig it out and replant it in soil for best results.

If its been water logged for any lengthy period it will rot. You may be too late, but it's a valuable lesson for you if nothing else.

New to gardening and no idea where to start

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 16:46

Firstly I would try to have an idea of what sort of garden you want.

Do you have kids? If so do they need an area to play in?

Find the orientation of the garden.

Do a soil ph test.

Then section the garden in a plan, and take it one step at a time doing your clearance first ,getting rid of the fallen tree and anything you dont want in the garden first.

If you do it stage by stage, it becomes a lot easier, as results soon appear and give you encouragement to continue to the next stage.

Clematis - Jingle Bells

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 23:16

It sounds like its water logged.

I'd change the compost for a john innes no3 mix and raise the pot off the ground to assist with the drainage.

If you do it now it may recover, but it may be spring before you see any real improvement.

Talkback: How to plant a fruit tree

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 23:08

If you choose a dwarf root stock to keep the tree small, stake it properly to stop wind rock and allow the roots to form properly you should be ok.

My garden is subject to a wind tunnel effect( westerly winds) but I have a large bramley apple tree at the top of the garden, which produces amazing numbers of of apples each year. Your tree may lean in one direction over time, but they are amazingly robust. I'd leave the stakes in place for a good few years to allow a good root structure to form.

Once it gets about 4 inches in diameter ( a few years) it should withstand almost anything we get.

Rabbit problems

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 13:52

You can make a run on grass. Fence it with chicken wire which you bury a foot down, bending the chicken wire at the bottom of the trench outward toward the direction they are burrowing.

They will still attempt to burrow into or out of the enclosed area, but bending the wire in the direction of burrowing, they will meet the edge of the buried wire and stop.

This method is widely used by gamekeepers and is very effective. 

Blank flowerbed

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 11:16

As that border is south facing your options are huge. I'd improve the soil first with plenty of organic material.

You could smother that fence with climbers from roses to jasmines, clematis and a host of other plants to give you colour all year round, which would hide the fence. Under plant with plenty of spring bulbs, then fill the gaps with almost any number of perennials you care to choose.

A block planting scheme could limit you, as planting with just a few different plants could make the border a bit patchy, especially as its such a long border.

Other may disagree, but it really depends on what effect you really want.

Personally I'd want year round interest and colour, you may like something different. 


newly planted young apple tree

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 10:59

The weather has been very mild David, and most things have been ahead of where they should be.

As Verdun has said, its settling down, and the really cold weather has yet to hit us.

Dont worry about it it will soon get into its rhythm.

How much soil do I need?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 12:22

About 4.8 cubic metres. I'm no good at maths but just buy as many as you think you need, and if you buy too much you can use whats left for potting up or soil improvement.

Just moved - horrible garden

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 10:30

Even with an east facing garden you are still going to get plenty of light, and some sun.

As clueless says clay may be the reason you are waterlogged.

The only way you can reduce the water table is to improve the drainage.

You can sink a drainage system in, to carry some of the water away, but this will depend upon where the water will end up.

If you are on clay a pond will be easier to install, so there will be no worries there.

The addition of plenty of grit and manure will improve the top 12" of soil.

Right now, once the water has drained a bit, just exposing the clay to winter frost, will help break it up.

It will be a lot of hard work, but there is no reason why you can't still have a fantastic garden.

Patience and planning are the keys here and you have a fantastic set of helpers on here who can guide you every step of the way.  



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