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Safe place for planting pot grown oak trees

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 17:44

Im looking for suggestions on where I could plant out a few oak tree saplings please?

When my son was born I collected the acorns for him from Parliament Oak in Nottinghamshire where King John supposedly held emergency parliaments under the tree. I've kept potting the saplings on over the years with the intention of planting them out somewhere where he can see them during his life. Maybe a park, or a woodland somewhere?

The saplings are now 9yrs old and have been living in pots on my patio, but they are now of a size where they really need planting out.

Heres a photo of myself and my baby son back in 2006 stood next to Parliament Oak having collected the acorns..

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/86949.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

And heres a photo taken a few weeks ago by the same tree..

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/86950.jpg?width=500&height=350&mode=max

 And heres a photo of the oak saplings on my patio, though you can only make out two of the taller ones 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/86951.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

     

 

 

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 17:33

Be sure to post photos of the new pond build please Paula.

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 17:31

Id say theres no perfect time to disturb or empty a wildlife pond, but probably best done early spring or late autumn when theres less activity?

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 16:05

So are you intending on building the new one first, then filling in the current one?

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 13:38

Id say you can create a new one at any time of the year. The question should be 'when is the best time to empty/disturb the current one'.

Are you building a new one elsewhere in the garden, and then filling in the current one, or are you ripping out the current one and rebuilding it in the same location?

Compost babies

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 19:44
If just google images of baby mice, rats & hedgehogs. If you believe they are either of the first two then I'd be 'destroying' them. Or maybe observe the compost for a few hours one evening with a bottle of something nice, and see what comes and goes.

Compost babies

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 19:36

I had rats on my patio earlier in the year and saw them going in my garage. I bought a few bait stations and poison from eBay, along with a few rat traps. I caught half a dozen in the traps and found a couple that had been poisoned. Haven't seen any since.

Compost babies

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 23:50
Kana, could you try switching to a type of feeder that has a tray attached to the bottom, to collect fallen seed?

RSPB online bird food shop has them.

Choice Trees!

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 16:40

Eucalyptus will grow quick to hide that lamp post, and can be cut right down when too tall but will grow back.

Raising the level of a lawn

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 16:38

Why not put a layer of loose hardcore down first to add to drainage, then topsoil on top. Could also add grit/sharp sand to the soil which will also add to drainage and maybe make it cheaper?

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