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Today at 15:20
I went up to check in my allotment and of course that’s when it started lashing ice water down. Bought some manure back for my veg bed. Also potted up a patio magnolia and did some online plant shopping for a weeping cherry and a baby weeping cedar that I am going to train so it does loop the loops round a stake.
Tomorrow have a couple of small trees that need moving to a more sheltered position so they can grow on a bit but that slab is right where they need to be. :/
Today at 06:57
This thread is going to get hammered.
The problems people have with gardening equipment are caused by things being cheaply made or people buying the wrong size or weight for themselves.
you are looking for things that don’t exist then it’s good quality equipment with shorter handles for woman and shorter people. The entire industry assumes gardners are 6 foot tall and it’s a real novelty when they throw something in to their range “for the ladies“.
Yesterday at 18:30
I actually went out and looked at trees in real life today, trip report is that royal beauty is gorgeous but the way it’s branches trail on the ground is asking for trouble/my dogs to jump up and bite at it if pruned off the ground.
Louisa was also lovely and I’m seriously thinking about getting one for a planter, but I fell in love with https://www.primrose.co.uk/malus-sun-rival-sun-rival-crab-apple-bare-root-p-103233.html sun rival. I’m going to pot that up in a really nice planter and when when it’s bigger move it on to the garden. I know my rootstocks and that will be mm111, which isn’t what most people will want as it really really won’t like planters when it gets older. Hence the price.
Yesterday at 08:11
There is a gap in my orchard. I could fit a full size one in there but would rather have 3m maximum 2.5m ideal. I’m prepared to pay a bit for one because I have some young apple trees that will probably fruit this year and I don’t want to have one whip in amongst them. which poses a second question - pruned and shaped or top grafted?
2 days ago at 17:38
The “cheapest” option is planters. I think you should be talking to CAB though, by law there should be a certain amount of topsoil, if there isn’t they have to dig out that clay and replace it.
2 days ago at 09:23
Actually if you want a thing Bosch will be inclined to make.
They do small hand held electronic tape measures and levels. Easy easy option would be the laser level with a stronger/different coloured light so that it will show up on grass and soil so we can get things like our seed and allotment rows straight without using string.
Last edited: 16 January 2018 09:23:51
2 days ago at 08:00
Can you get hold of any manure? Fresh is fine because they love acid. It won’t help with the heat damage but it will help with the recovery.
3 days ago at 20:54
I want an actually portable version of those perennial weed killers machines that blast heat at them and make them die. Only ones I’ve seen look like they are from ghostbusters.
3 days ago at 20:49
I know one you can do inside now
Onion seeds, no wait, come back! if you get a largish pot you put four seeds in one and they sort of bunch up and grow together. You get to actually watch something germinate and grow during the Dark Time and are rewarded with eating the results at the end of it.
Last edited: 15 January 2018 20:50:22
3 days ago at 19:58
You need to start them off on a windowsill, they need the heat to kick start germination. I use my windowsills like they are a heated greenhouse. They will be fine on there till they start to outgrow the trays and by that time it will be warm enough to pot them on and put in your grow house, which should be outside.
3 days ago at 19:17
I know a fair few one man band gardeners and every one of them would leap at the chance not to be doing agency work this time of the year, going rate is about £15 an hour plus skip hire. When you hire a large firm what you are paying for is heavy machinery and speed. If you call around the local gardeners you could probabky halve that quote at least.
3 days ago at 18:49
The slab in question, it was where the lavender now is..
3 days ago at 18:28
HI learning curve it’s a weat facing wall thanks for Any adviceSee original post
going through the list. These are the nicer rock wall plants that tolerate shade:
Ajuga reptans “catlin’s Giant”
campanula “birch hybrid”
campanula carpaticha bressingham white
Lewisia George Henley
Myosotis sylvatica music
3 days ago at 16:41
I have An Book. (RHS plants for places) and it’s being very specific. is it a north/east facing wall or a south/west facing wall?
Last edited: 14 January 2018 16:42:04
14 Jan 2018 14:17
I just dug out an enormous concrete slab from my new flowerbed, this thing is about 3ft x 2ft and was j6 inches under the soil for literally no reason. Only wanted to plant a couple of small things and it turned into this epic mission. On the plus side the big dip In the middle of the lawn got filled in a bit and I have a new concrete slab.
14 Jan 2018 14:12
Buy now store in dark place, no way will they be in stock in March.
14 Jan 2018 12:22
Uh oh, you prune now it encourages new growth but I suspect those particular bushes would take years to recover. Like all shrubs Holly will suck out all the nutrients in the ground so you can’t just plant new ones without undoing the soil damage.
If it were me I’d rip out all the damaged ones, leaving a clearly defined line and really dig in a lot of compost and manure and then plant a new ones. It won’t fill out for a while but at least it will look like a tidy new section rather than an old sparse one.
14 Jan 2018 12:12
I know I’m so mean depriving him of not only his fun now, but all the fun he would have had hunting for little bits of bark and stick in the deep rug later.
14 Jan 2018 11:31
He’s upset because I keep removing stuff he finds from his mouth
Last edited: 14 January 2018 11:32:27
13 Jan 2018 22:55
Available online now, sadly the compost and bark isn’t in yet
Last edited: 13 January 2018 22:56:08