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Is it Right or Wrong

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:29

Speaking as someone who has a garden totally under-laid with roots from large mature trees, I can assure you that if the trees are alive the roots will regrow and you will be removing them every year!  We dig a large number of small tree roots out of our veg patch every winter.  

For the rest of the garden, we learn to garden with them.  Where there are roots near the surface we have a 'wild garden' with ferns and native plants and flowers, under planted with spring bulbs - like a little patch of woodland. 

The trick is to look at what you've got before you decide what sort of garden you want 

Unless you're removing roots that require the use of a saw or an axe I don't think you'll harm the tree - unless you remove a great many of them - but they will regrow.  Think of pruning a tree's branches - cutting them back just stimulates growth!

However, it would be polite, politic and just good neighbourly to explain the problem and mention what you're doing to the neighbours 


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:21

Good morning KEF and Verdun 

We've got some of that warm wet rain now Verdun, and I can hear it trickling into the water butts 

What about Holland Verdun, don't you think they have a chance?  

New veg for raised bed

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:15

Pak choi will give you a quick crop (watch out for slug raids!), and Swiss chard will be fine sown now and give you a crop well into the winter, then some more fresh growth in the spring. You could also sow some Little gem lettuce, carrots and beetroot 


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:12

Maybe we should express our appreciation to the BBC - they won't look at this forum. 


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:03

Have a lovely day Woody   Enjoy Gregory 

Talkback: Fig trees

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:01

Mine does   It's in a very large terracotta pot in a sheltered corner of a sunny terrace.  You need to get a suitable variety - Brown Turkey is the most usual one grown outside in the UK.  

Lots of information here 

My first design - advice? criticism? recommended plants?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 06:58

I was thinking the same as Scott - I'm afraid your postie and other delivery people will just walk straight across the grass   You could prevent that by having a bed or a trellis with climbers opposite the gate.

But otherwise it's looking good, lots of lovely ideas to start with ....


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 06:52

Good morning all   Very warm and slightly damp outside, but no rain yet.  

Bekkie, that sometimes used to happen to us when we lived in student-land - grrrrr!!!  I hope you got back to sleep quickly 

Yviestevie - what a time you and your family are having - how on earth did your daughter manage to do that???  Here you are, this'll help

It looks as if some people have got an exciting day today - hope all goes according to plan everybody 


How to grow lichi tree at home?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 06:35

Some information here which should help 

Anyone knows what is this yellow-leaf plant?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 06:32

No sorry, I can't make that link work - it says 'Not found'. 

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