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Yesterday at 12:10
Tesco’s own Dobbies though duck
I think they might be Frank Matthews M9 stock, Dobbies just took a massive shipment of the Apple trees and I was wondering where the M9 was, they don’t have them on the website either. Frank Matthews or not at that price I’d take a punt and stick them in pots.
Last edited: 20 January 2018 12:11:27
Yesterday at 12:01
If your soil is alkaline..your stuck with it. But that's no bad thing is it?See original post
As I said I’ve been planting from scratch and one thing I’ve noticed is that there is a current fashion for acid loving plants. Acer are inescapable, same with rhododendron and azalea, with camellia and magnolia to a lesser extent. I was at Dobbies the other day, they are slowly getting new stock in at the moment, and it was acid acid acid. It was like that last year as well, I’m assuming they will switch over to alkaline next year and we will start seeing this question in reverse.
Yesterday at 09:25
My 2p worth is that I have alkaline soil, the clay in it is slightly alkaline and could be modified, however the (also alkaline) builders rubble and hardcore cannot. Last year in this new house was an experiment in sacrificial planting of young and cheap plants to see what stuck. The acid loving plants didn’t actually die but growth was certainly stunted, apart from the rhododendrons which did ok.
What I’ve done this year is buy massive pots and filled them with ericaceous compost for the two plants I couldn’t bare not to have; a camellia and a magnolia. Now I’m not looking at my garden and going “I wish I had a” all the time.
2 days ago at 16:12
I got the dang thing moved, it’s now what I stand on when potting and the treacherous dip has now been filled in. Moved a couple of young trees to the area it was. Also planted a red leaf peach in a big pot. Tomorrow I’m going to plant the first part of my new flowering shrub hedge out the front. Phew.
2 days ago at 16:04
I have large pots about that size in front of my house . Magnolia, Edgeworthia grandiflora, red leaf peach and a camillia nobalis.
2 days ago at 11:38
Manure it, if you have alkaline soil then it can cause leaf problems and manure will make it more acid
2 days ago at 11:08
IThis is posting long long after the horse has bolted lol
Anyway if anyone finds this thread because if the bump, what you need in that sized space is a dwarfing rootstock (I would have said M9) and to do research into pollination groups.
Top Tip: golden delicious is a super pollinator and is compatible with a phenomenal amount of other trees so I would have recommended with sticking one in the middle and using that as a starting point. https://www.orangepippintrees.com/pollinationchecker.aspx
2 days ago at 08:37
My back garden border was created when next door removed thier hedge and it’s that special kind of clay with tree roots in it. I dumped a load of roses there last year as a holding space for doing it properly this year and they really struggled because I did nothing to improve the soil at all. You must must get the feeder pellets for shrubs and roses (works on everything) and manure it properly or nothing will grow.
You have alkaline soil. if you have any builders rubble or hardcore in there you have pockets of even more alkaline, and if you are looking in book or the internet you treat it as if It’s chalky clay.
3 days ago at 19:25
While questions are being asked, when is the best time to plant the herbaceous crowns? Now or will the be ok to wait until the tulips and daffs kick in?
3 days ago at 19:18
Mouldy and shrivelled. Don’t worry though, the bulb is the cheapest part the set and you can grow any bulb in there to the same instructions
3 days ago at 18:34
Would be a shame to ruin it I think. what this garden lacks in the basics it more than makes up for in broken concrete, hardcore, and bricks. I would probably be better off paving the back garden and importing soil to raise the beds, but it would be impossible to get it up the steep bank my house sits on. Ah well, every day is a new adventure and at least I’m getting very very fit.
3 days ago at 16:16
I’ll move it by getting really cross with it and channeling my anger into brute force Lol. I have a work bench with a long plywood top on it that I made that lives along the back of the house, the patch of grass near it is getting trashed so I’ll move the slab there and fill in the rest of the dip with the top soil from that spot. Unless of course when I dig down I find there is another slab in that spot as well which is a possibility because I know of two more that are under the lawn already.
3 days ago 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. :/
3 days ago 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“.
3 days ago 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.
3 days ago 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?
16 Jan 2018 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.
16 Jan 2018 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
16 Jan 2018 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.
15 Jan 2018 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.