Duncan Blackwell

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Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:27
Got rid of 2 old and rotten planters that had Ivy growing in them. The soil seemed ok and the wood is rotting down very nicely. I've put the whole lot in a council wheelie bin. Will this just rot down to compost or do I need to do anything to help it along?

Did I do right?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:24
I planted my Quince trees today, first one was the Japanese Quince. When I removed it from its pot, I could see hundreds of yellow eggs and maggot looking creatures around the roots. I removed most of the soil from the roots and used a hose pipe to wash them so that the eggs and maggots cleared off. Planted the Vranja and noticed the same thing, took nearly an hour to get rid this time though as the roots were so tightly packed. Did I do good or are these creatures part of Quince life?

reusing old conifer stumps

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:19
The stumps rot down far too quickly

Bugs & birds on lawn

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 13:52
Get a cat

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 21:42

My ferns are right at the back of the garden and I've never once touched them, thing is, they get bigger every year and seem to love the neglect

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:50
Seeing as it's a rant section, spent the day out in the garden, moved my copper Birch and noticed that the back of the greenhouse frame has been crushed by the concrete posts from next doors fence. Nice of them to tell me this, oh wait, they DIDN'T

Quince Dilemma

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 17:51
I have a south facing garden so it's pretty good

How long?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:37
Well I just had a quick jaunt to B&Q for some compost, got 125L bags for ??5.98 and an open bag for ??3. The open bag was twice as heavy as the sealed bags, possibly due to it being wet, but it was a lot bigger too. Also ended up with a gorgeous Madagascar Dragon plant for the house, can't wait for the Lemurs to start growing

How long?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:25
Dove, Top Bloke ess !!!

How long?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:24
Hedge is Hawthorn, Crab apple, Hazel, Dog rose, Dog wood and green Beech.
Soil is pretty decent and will be assaulted with chicken manure before planting and covered in bark chippings, the plants are around around 3ft tall but are bare roots.

Discussions started by Duncan Blackwell

Gardening gear

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Apple tree

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Did I do right?

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How long?

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Quince Dilemma

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Hazel hedging

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conflicting answers

Help about which plant is best 
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