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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 17:33

I keep telling myself it will all be fine RB 

Can't really do any gardening other than tying in some new clematis shoots and moving seedlings in and out. I was going to cut the grass but it's covered in stuff all the time. It will recover when I eventually get to it I suppose.  Front is currently covered in timber and bulk bags of sand etc. 

Frustrating for you Hosta, especially at this time of year when you want to get on outdoors.  I'd appreciate it if you could keep the rain down your way though  

Hello All

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 17:27

Welcome Stuart. Loads of advice available here - and it's free! 

Since you're a photographer, we have a Garden Picture thread which you might enjoy, and also a Camera thread for everything non garden-y. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 17:23

Extension RB. Looks like a bombsite just now. At least it's been dry.....

They're cutting through the exterior wall next week. Help! 

It looks like this at the moment 



Hopefully getting out tomorrow Joyce. Not sure where yet, but thinking of An Caisteal and Beinn a Chroin at Crianlarich. Not been there for a long time. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 16:50

A little burst of sun - Pat's trees 

Joyce - what a pain in the ....well...hand   Hope it's not too painful.

I expect LP is off to the ballet by now - how lovely. I do love Swan Lake. Was lucky enough to see Margot Fonteyn' performance in Glasgow when I was a child. 

Your hard work's all paying off DD. You should be very proud of everything you've achieved in such a short time  


Posted: 22/04/2016 at 16:31

Hi Peter - hawthorn's pretty robust, so if there's no particular reason for it being sparse, you could add more to it by getting bare root whips to put in the gaps. The bare root 'season' has just finished, but around September time you'll be able to order them through one of the many good online retailers for November delivery. Clipping  hawthorn should normally keep it quite solid, but a good feed in spring and a mulch to retain moisture will also help.  

Alternatively, you could get something  else to fill the gaps. Hornbeam or Beech aren't technically evergreen, but the foliage stays on during winter. They are happy to be kept quite narrow and only need clipping once a year so they'd fit in well with hawthorn. 

New honeysuckle problem

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 13:37

Sarah - bear in mind that honeysuckles are woodland plants, so indoor windows aren't the best location - too hot and humid - so the mould is most likely due to lack of ventilation. They'll dry out very quickly too.  If you can put them outside for a while during the day and bring them in at night for a couple of weeks, that will get them hardened off and used to the outdoors.  You can then put them outside in a sheltered, shady spot to let them grow on. Pot on as they get too big for the pot they're in. 

If you can get a replacement - so much the better! The original will probably survive anyway  

Strawberry pot

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 13:31

I agree with Steve - I think these pots are useless for strawbs as they can't get access to enough soil and moisture. If you wnat to grow in pots, just use conventional ones -  around 3 in a decent 15" pot will give good results and you can feed and water easily. 

You could possibly grow thyme in those 'holey' pots, or aubretia or sedums. Something that enjoys living on air! 

Improving heavy clay soil - wet side/dryside

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 08:17

You can add grit to the dry side too Alex. Once you have a good medium to plant into, you have more scope with planting. The manure is a big factor. You'll be surprised how big a difference it makes. The prep is worth it as plants will really benefit and thrive in clay if it's more friable.

Each time you plant, add a bit of compost and grit and manure too and you'll be constantly improving your borders  



Posted: 22/04/2016 at 08:04

Wasn't really a fan but I found it hard to believe. Too young. I can understand how you feel Wonks. I will be inconsolable when my biggest heroes and heroines go - they're all getting very long in the tooth. 


Improving heavy clay soil - wet side/dryside

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 07:57

Manure for the dry side too Alex. I know it sounds odd - but clay needs opened up in wet sites to allow for better drainage and manure helps with that, along with lots of grit and compost. In baked hard sites, manure will also help as it improves the structure and helps prevent it going solid. Plenty of extra compost as well - especially when you plant. I know - it sounds weird! 

In addition, putting in planting that prefers the overhead conditions is the way to go. Right plant, right place  

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