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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 15:16

Hello Chey 

4 in 1 evergreen

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 15:13

Yes, I'd do a high cut first of all.  

There are three settings on my mower ... I never ever use the lowest one ... if I've let the lawn get a bit long I use the highest one, and I use that one for the first cut in the spring.   

Our lawn usually doesn't need mowing in the winter ... some do in mild parts of the country apparently, but not here in Norfolk 

4 in 1 evergreen

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 15:06


And don't cut it too short!!!  

our my trees dying

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 15:03

They both look fine to me ... yes the oak has a couple of dead twigs, but I don't think it's anything to worry about ... they might have snapped in a strong wind or with the weight of a heavy wood pigeon (not joking, it happens in our trees). 

The other tree is a Common Elder ... it has some elderberries forming and these will be loved by the birds when they ripen ... and of course if you or anyone you know is into home winemaking they'll be great for elderberry wine.  Next year you can use the flowers for elderflower champagne or elderflower fritters and other recipes you'll find online. 

The slugs etc were probably around the base because as you said there were bushes there ... now you've got rid of the bushes I can't see any slugs there?  The bark looks ok to me ... a bit damaged but if you leave it alone it should be fine.  The orangey brown layer is perfectly normal.  

Green stuff on the branches is probably lichen, which is an indication of good air quality and not harmful to the tree.  

our my trees dying

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 14:37

To upload photos start with the camera icon ... if they don't upload reduce the size ... that usually works. 

Another Clay Border Problem

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 14:35
Terry2Trowels says:

Dovefromabove - Do you think the worms will take it down into the pure solid clay that we have under the soil?

 It's a gradual process ... at first the worms will colonise the top inch or so of clay and gradually they will improve that, and bit by bit they'll work their way down.  But it will take time ... just keep mulching with organic matter ... the more you do that the more worms you'll have and the quicker it will happen.  In the meantime, grow stuff that will cope with the current conditions ... look around you ... what's growing in the hedges and the ditches ... those plants will most likely have 'garden relatives' ... they'll be happy in your garden.  

Clematis dieing from bottom up

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 14:30

It looks more like a honeysuckle than a clematis.  Honeysuckles twine around their supports as yours appears to be doing, whereas clematis use their leaf stalks to cling onto things like this

My guess is that your honeysuckle is very thirsty ... they need a lot of moisture and as it's at the foot of a wall it's probably shielded from most rainfall (what we call a 'rain shadow') .  I would give it a bucket full of water at least twice a week from now until autumn, whether it rains or not.  If you can get hold of some well rotted manure, leaf mould or home made compost mulch around the root area with that (just don't have manure actually touching the stems ... leave a small gap)

Next spring water it the same from early March onwards.  and also give it a sprinkling of Fish Blood & Bone (a slow release organic fertiliser) in the spring.  

Let us know how you get on 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 14:00

We get lots of dragonflies here Fairy ...  we're on the edge of marshes in the Yare Valley and close to the Norfolk Broads ... but they don't usually come indoors ......... although for some reason the red damselflies do 

Is this a weed?

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 13:40

I think you're right Fairy... a tripod of canes and some string woven around it to give the sweet pea a framework to scramble on and cling to ... much easier and less damaging to other plants at this stage of the year 

Another Clay Border Problem

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 12:46

There's a lot to be said for growing plants that like the conditions you've got  ... anything else can feel like banging your head against a brick wall ... that's ok for those that like it ... 

That's not to say that you shouldn't try to improve the soil, but slowly ... dig well rotted manure into the top soil and in following years mulch with organic matter (manure and home made compost etc) .. worms will take it down lower and improve the clay, bit by bit.   My father farmed on clay ... over the years, with the addition of loads of manure and sensible management (don't work it when it's wet and claggy) it became some of the most productive arable land in East Anglia.  

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