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Posted: 18/09/2015 at 21:44

A neighbour has been away and I have been walking their dogs while the house sitter is at work. I go along a walk way along an old filled in bit of a canal. There was a bit of land adjacent  that was just waste land. Well they managed to squeeze about a dozen houses on it, and bulldozed the wild area adjacent to the old canal. It was screaming for some plants, so I planted a few wild damson pits, and scattered some seeds to give a nectar bar for insects next year. I hope its prettier than the docks and nettles coming up. The developers did plant some trees. Unfortunately they planted in June and no one has watered them. Most of them look pretty dead.


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 21:23

I've given up on heleniums. Expensive annuals in my soil and climate. I planted several   last year. Not one reappeared this year.


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 21:21

Very sad that Will Giles of the exotic garden near Norwich has died.

Wasn't there a forum visit there earlier this year?

Himself has gone to play Badminton. About half an hour ago, he realised he hadn't emptied his kit bag from last week. I've put it in the washer with some dettol laundry disinfectant.

The merryweather  damson tree I planted 20 years ago has finally yielded enough for mixing with something else.  The wild one overhanging the fence crops most years. Stronger taste but a lot smaller. I picked the last of the victoria plums and the last of the worcester apples. Now ive just got to process them and find space in the freezer.

Grafting apples

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 20:58

I wish I had done that. There was an old tree in the Orchard next door. It was believed to be pre ww2. The experts at harlow carr apple day couldnt identify it and it was a lovely apple. The winter storms felled the tree while I was dithering.

Have a go, very little to lose.

What month is the sweet corn harvesting season?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 20:12

Peel back one or two of the green leaves surrounding the cob. If the kernels are ready, they will be changing from white to yellow. Boil one for five minutes, slather in butter and eat. I planted mine out early June, we stsrted eating them last week.

Ideas Needed - turning a 'field' back into a Garden...

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 09:20

I would spray any thistles ,docks or nettles with glyphosate now, assuming you get a dry day. 

Ideas Needed - turning a 'field' back into a Garden...

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 09:18

Will you have access to plenty of well rotted farm yard manure?

That is the best stuff for turning clay into workable loam. Raised beds will help with drainage for shallow rooted plants. You have to be careful it doesn't form a pan of clay at the bottom which stops drainage. I am on a slope and the terraced veg beds contain very sandy soil with underlying clay. If it rains heavily, the rain goes straight through, hits the clay level,runs downhill and comes up in the greenhouse where it sits in a big puddle. The greenhouse frog likes it though.

Ideas Needed - turning a 'field' back into a Garden...

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 09:11

Could you post some photos of the area, using the tree icon in the tool bar?

Flower Types

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 09:05

There are usually offers on the Apricot begonias in Spring. Most of the seed houses have them as tubers.

Verbena bonariensis is easily grown from seed sown in spring.

Centaurea montana is available from nurseries or many garden centres in spring. They are dying down now for winter.

Gigantic Knautia Macedonica (Scabious) invasion

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 07:19

My Cephalaria gigantea were at least 7ft. Knautia macedonica melton pastels have grown to around 5ft. Shame I put them at the front of a border. I have seeds to grow new plants for  the back of the wild patch. The bees love them both.


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