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Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 09:26

sincere thanks to you all. 

Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 08:08

Thank you everyone for your advice.  I intend to ask about the source of the shred dings but I expect it is mostly the dreaded Lelandii.  Just as well it doesn't spread like Japanese knotweed or we would all be living in a forest!  Have a peaceful solstice and a wonderful gardening year next year. 

tlc to christmas cactus

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:59

My mother had rootbound specimens which rarely received water yet they all flowered for several long periods each year.  I always suspected they thought death was imminent and were determined to produce seed for the next generation.  From time to time I would take cuttings and lavish care on them ( I'm competitive by nature) but never produced anything with the impact of those poor starving specimens in glorious bloom.  


Unidentified Flower

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:42

I want one of these!  

It does look sort of artichokey/alien.  

If it produces seed may I have a few please?

Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:35

Ooooh, how do you raise the subject of whether or not a neighbour's woodchip pile hosts diseased material?

Topbird you have given me a problem I hadn't considered!

Winter project

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 08:49

At the request of my daughter in law I used broken pots, real plants and moss, plus items picked up from Charity Shops to make a fairy garden.  The assembly gave me something to occupy myself one sunny afternoon last week.  Perhaps some of you might like to make one yourselves.  Good luck.


Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 08:35

Thank you for taking the time to advise me.  Verdun, would gromore be OK when the weather gets warmer and if so what amount should I use per sq.metre?    Nutcutlet you have made me wonder how the squirrels will react to having their carefully buried nuts further hidden by the mulch.   If they go into a digging frenzy my front of the border plants may well be buried.  Well I suppose it will give me a good reason to do regular tours of inspection throughout the winter.  I was rewarded yesterday with a handful of alpine strawberries with more to come!

Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 21:52

A neighbour has a huge pile of chipped up branches which have been piled up for over six months.  He has said I am welcome to use them as a mulch but I am in two minds about it.  I know in the long term it would add organic matter to the soil but suspect that in the short term it might deplete the nitrogen in the soil and affect established plants.  Advice would be welcomed.  Thanks.k



Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:25

Do you have a note of what variety they are?


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:21

I have been researching and have come across advice to water the leaves with a garlic infusion.   Would wild garlic leaves work do you think?  I have made an infusion of comfrey before to act as a natural fertiliser so I am familiar with that idea.

Alternatively, if I cut back all the Hosta leaves now (they look so sad) that would expose the soil and perhaps give me a better chance of inflicting major casualties to the slug and snail population before the winter.

Comments most welcome.

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