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Trying to identify some seedlings/saplings

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 09:41

If they're cultivated plum trees they'll be grafted.

When we bought our smallholding (many years ago) the meadows had been neglected for a long time - some were surrounded by hedging with a large proportion of blackthorn (sloe) and wild bullace - from the original hedge prunus suckers had spread out into the meadow for up to 20+ feet and consequently the hedges were that wide and were still spreading and turning into a rampant thicket of spiny bushes - take it from me - wild prunus make a fantastic wildlife hedge which is also good at deterring intruders, but unless you're prepared to do regular maintenance work every year at  a minimum, your garden will get smaller and smaller and smaller ........ or you could keep Manx Laoghtan sheep like we did - they kept the suckers under control so we only had to deal with the hedge itself (and make it stock-proof). 


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 07:55

I can see how they got their name


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 07:41

Verdun - you need another coffee   Matthew's post was in  2013 - hopefully his lawn is sorted now!

Keefyj68 appears to have laid his/her lawn themselves only four days ago!  A lot of bought turf seems to be grown on very sandy soil and is spongy until it is growing well.

I think the answer is to water and keep off it to give it a chance to grow.

Not a good time of year to lay turf however   Spring or autumn would have been better.


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 07:36

Pat, the bushfire fighters are very brave!  My cousin and his wife are the couple that took their grandchildren into the water under a jetty to keep them safe - their grandpa took a photo on his phone to send to their mum who was away at a funeral to show her they were all safe.  It was even on the news here in the UK.  Terrifying.

The robin is back for his mealworms today - he didn't turn up at all yesterday and I thought I'd bought a new load of mealworms for nothing - but he's busily taking beak-full after beak-full off to the hedgerow where they nested before, so it looks like they'll get eaten up


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 06:49

Don't walk on it!  You'll ruin it - it'll be fine if you leave it alone for the roots to grow into the soil below.  It'll take several weeks before you can walk on it without damaging it, especially at this time of year.

Just keep it watered (not soggy but nicely moist).


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 06:42

Good morning all  

Calm, mild and dry here at the moment, but rain is forecast - we certainly need some!

Hope everyone with aches and pains gets a better day today. 

Pat, it's good to hear about your garden in Oz - I have family in Tasmania - they're virtually self-sufficient in fruit and veg - or they were before the fires a couple of years ago - now they're re-building etc. 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 06:25
Supernoodle wrote (see)

not sure if I can do Monday. But keep an eye out for me - I'll come if I can.  Will text dove if I come and can't find you.



Potatoes with white specs

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 19:40

I wouldn't worry about the possibility of slug eggs in the compost - spread it out on the veg patch and leave it a few days - if there are any slug eggs there the robins and blackbirds will get them

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 19:12

I'm watching Carol at the moment on the RHS Tatton Park flower show BBC2

strange looking seedling

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 17:49

It looks as much like a stinging nettle seedling as anything I've ever seen, and I'm someone who's seen a great number of stinging nettle seedlings - take a look here

When I enlarge and zoom in I can even see the little hairs, that when they're big enough, will certainly give you 'nettle rash'.


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