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A present for the birds

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 16:20

I do that with the moss that I rake out of the back lawn - we have a never-ending supply!

Magnolia

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 15:50

Then we shall keep our fingers crossed for flowers very soon

Let us know how things progress

Laurel hedge

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 15:31

They're looking a bit stressed and are trying to flower.

Were they regularly watered last summer? 

I'd cut them hard back.to knee height, then give them a sprinkling of fish blood & bone (as directed on the pack), a good soaking at the roots and then a thick mulch with organic matter like composted bark.

Then a good regular watering regime throughout the summer.  They need two buckets of water per plant at least twice a week.  Three times a week in a dry spell.

 

Dead apple tree

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 15:25

But we hardly had any rain for months and months last year - at least here in East Anglia we didn't.

What an absolute  picture that is - such a shame it's gone

Veg Patch

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 15:14

As has been said, your soil will be fine to grow those crops - and each year you'll add homemade compost and/or manure and each year the soil will get better and better

Dead apple tree

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 14:16

If it has been there and fruiting for 25 years it's hard to think of something in the soil that would kill it unless something has changed, other than honeyfungus - have you lost any other trees/shrubs?

Just a thought, but from your photo it looks to be planted very close to the fence -  plants positioned close to a fence notoriously suffer from drought as fences and walls create a 'rain shadow' - coupled with this we had a very long very dry spell last year.  Could your tree have suffered from drought last year?  Did you give it plenty of water through the dry spell?

If it was affected by drought, that could have weakened the tree and allowed some sort of infection to strike.

Magnolia

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 14:09

Hi  Sarah

I think the 'catkins' you refer to are fuzzy flower buds - I'm not sure why they're not opening into flowers for you. 

Is it in a position where the buds may be damaged by frost?

Does it get plenty of water and sunshine?

Do you ever see pigeons or squirrels in your magnolia eating the buds?

Dead apple tree

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 13:59

I'm sorry George, I'm afraid I agree with you - I think that tree's a goner    There could be many reasons why - we'd need lots more info for even an educated guess.

Do you want to plant another apple tree?

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 08:48

I believe that some fossils are worth quite a lot

Transferring seedlings from propagation trays

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 07:23

I use a white plastic plant label to ease them gently out of the seedtray.

Only hold them by a leaf - never by the stem.

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