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Soil Treatment

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 19:08


If your soil contains clay I would incorporate as much organic matter as possible, well rotted manure/good home made compost/leaf mould.  It will be broken down and incorporated into the soil and I'm sure that would be fine for your border plants.  In the spring I would dress the bed with Fish, Blood and Bone at the rate given on the pack. - it's a slow release organic general fertiliser whereas Growmore is an artificial fertiliser and is now believed to be bad for the worms and invertebrates that contribute to a healthy soil.  

I hope that helps. 

Trehane Nursery

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:43
Logan says:

....  Dove I've got a super column pear tree, still young yet.

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 We've got a Concorde Pear - we bought it as a maiden four years ago from Reads Nursery and trained it as an espalier  at the edge of the terrace where we sit out and eat on summer evenings - it has three tiers now and we had our first four fruit this year - absolutely delicious 

laylandi hedge

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:32

I think I'd put a fence or sturdy trellis panels up and grow climbers. 

Frost Protection for Bay Trees

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:28

I have a lollipop bay in a large pot on the terrace in our back garden in Norfolk.  We wrap the pot in bubble wrap, mainly to prevent frost damage to the pot, and raise it up on pot feet to ensure good drainage so the roots don't get waterlogged.  

If your bays are planted in the ground and in a relatively sheltered spot they should be fine.  

In the spring a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone will be good, but don't feed at this time of year ... trees and most plants are more or less dormant in the winter, and if it's not growing it doesn't need feeding. 

Moss in Flower bed

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:16

I'd just break up the surface with a hoe or rake.  The moss has formed because the surface has been compacted by the rain.  

Beans and Sweetcorn combo?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:10

Don't think sweetcorn would work in grow bags 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:04

View south from the pier

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 17:58

Hello folks  we're back. Hope everyone's had a good day.  

Coffee and nice chat with son - OH and he talking music, lunch on Southwold pier and home via Breydon Water and the grazing marshes alongside the River Yare.  

No herrings at the harbour -  not many about yet, just a few last week but they were sold quickly - they work their way down the east coast in the autumn and winter - so we've come home with some ray (like skate but not endangered) and scallops - that's tomorrow's supper sorted out.  Tonight we'll be having some of the spicy lentil soup I made yesterday. 

Ooooooooooooh  Gorgeous kitten 

Bulb questions

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 10:08

I would plant in scattered clumps of single types - a block of say, February Gold, another of Mount Hood, another of Thalia and so on.

pruning a Fuchsia

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 09:50

Ah, but the chap who does his in winter has the more tender types and over-winters them in his greenhouse - pruning in winter will save space and help to prevent infestations of pests such as whitefly.

The ones that are pruned in the spring are the hardy outdoor types 

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