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Plants to attract wild life in a shady concrete courtyard

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 12:01

How about Hellebores for the late Winter/Spring display. Lady's Mantle i.e Alchemilla mollis does well in part shade ( but spreads well by seed). Some fushcias will do well in part shade too.

A Plum, a cherry and a nectarine tree,

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 10:43

A tip for pruning/trimming is not to leave it too late. Unlike apples and pears its not a good idea to prune plums or cherries during the winter months as this can introduce silver leaf disease. If you are repotting soon then a trim anytime now should be fine.

Front Garden

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 16:53

Clipped box or yew  will do ok in the shade. Christmas Box (Sarcococca) will also do ok there and gives off a great scent in late Winter/Early Spring.

You could also replace the gravel with something like grey slate chippings.

Fruit and Veg for a shaded spot

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:29

You could try some rhubarb. Beetroot might do ok if the soil is not too heavy. Cut and come again lettuce probably will do ok aswell

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 13:58

Most hedging shrubs can be pruned after they have flowered. This gives them enough time to build theirselves up for the following years flowering. So for Escallonia late Summer into Autumn and something like Ribes would be late Spring to early Summer.


Good luck

new plot

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 09:04

Agree with Verdun. Put the shed and greenhouse up first. Do you know what type of grass it is?. If it has stringy white roots it could be couch grass. You will need to clear this out rather than dig it in as it will love the manure and romp away in the Spring

It will likely be you that has to get to the weeds. If anything they will be the toughest thing on your plot and the frost won't kill them.

Can I repot in Winter

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 08:56

You say that the soil is waterlogged beneath the pot? If the ground is not frozen are you able to dig down beside the pot, take out all the wet soil and replace with ericaceous mixed with gravel/stones etc to create better drainage.

This might see it through the Winter and then if you have to cut the roots in the Spring the tree will have a better chance of making it through.

pruning a mountain ash

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 08:45

How big is it? Now would be the time if you are going to do it. I have one that I keep to about 12 - 15 ft. I usually take out any cross pieces, damaged branches and then keep the leaders cut back. About every 3 to 4 yrs. Let the birds have the berries first though.

Apple Trees

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 08:21

If you are growing on an M26 rootstock then that would probably be too small for you to grow anything up and through it. Its best not to have the fruiting branches of the tree crowded out by anything else as it will only cause trouble with pruning and the trees fruiting ability and may encourage fungal diseases. As for taste, that would be down to your personal preference, but I like Spartan, Cox, Discovery. Its a good idea to have a pollinator close by, either a tree of the same pollinating group or at least one in the group either side or a crab apple which flowers at the same time.

Decomposition of Racehorse Poo

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 15:43

I should think that it will break down pretty quickly. Turn it a few times and i reckon it should be ready by the Spring. Knowing that its from racehorses it should be faster anyway!!

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